We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.

The journey.

Literature, theater, music, television and movies spell out the hero’s journey.

Along the way, the hero finds what they most need to learn through a complex series of challenges, conflict, experiences, love, loss, victory, patience, persistence and dedication.

When the journey is personal, we lose the objective perspective. Everything in your journey is subjective. You don’t recognize which player is the sage, which one is the comedic sidekick, which one is the opponent who appears to be your ally. You just continue on the path, oblivious to the journey.

On this Saturday morning, I invite you to take a quantum step upwards and look at your own personal journey through an objective filter.

Are you rooting for the hero of your own story? Why? What lessons has the journey taught you so far? Can you see where you are going? Was it the straight path that you envisioned years ago? Which turns of events were the trailer moments of your life so far?
(A trailer moment is a highlight that gets put into a movie commercial to make you want to see it)

More importantly, what trailer moments have yet to be created? What are you doing to create them?

A good trailer makes you want to see the journey. If you are not pursuing your life with vigor and tenacity and courage, you are not making the best trailer moments that you could be making. And in all honesty, shouldn’t every life be encapsulated by an amazing trailer?

As a final little exercise for this Saturday, who is the comedic sidekick in your journey? Who is the sage who appeared just in time to teach you lessons that you had to learn? Who is the love interest? Who is the antagonist that is preventing you from achieving your goal and getting to where your journey is destined to reach? And most importantly, what are you going to do to ensure you get to where you said you were going?

Perhaps I have spent too many years promoting entertainment, but I think these metrics are very valid when compared to a life.

Be the hero you have always been cheering for. You owe that to yourself❤️

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!