The man who has no imagination has no wings.

Imagination. That tiny variable that separates what is, from what could be.

I have wondered whether imagination is a direct function of a language that communicates the abstract, or whether other creatures are capable of implementing it. In their systems of chirps, clicks, squeaks, screeches, and flutters is there a possibility of transmitting a concept of what might be?

For those of us who are using imagination as the vehicle through which to make a living, imagination is everything. It is the reason to command a good fee or salary, and it is the metric by which we are ultimately judged and ranked in the perception of others. 

I would say that imagination makes my life a million times more interesting. The ability to picture things, forecast experiences, consider storylines and plots, understand characters, collaborate with musicians, artists, writers, animators, and masters of technology, gives me an exponential opportunity to learn, experience and grow through the tutoring of others.

Only through their kind spirits am I able to make one tenth of what my imagination can conjure, come to fruition, and even then, it is still only a fragment of what is in my mind. 

If you take imagination at face value and you contemplate for a brief second, what would happen if you could go outside right now, extend your arms and fly like Superman…. In a fraction of a second, you are instantly soaring high in the sky. Just that simple exercise shows how intensely powerful imagination is. It is a teleportation system, a dream machine that conjures anything you set your mind to conjure.

And that is truly a miracle. One of the most amazing of all of the miracles. And one that must never be overlooked in an inventory of personal assets worth appreciating!

Happy Tuesday.

If you like what you are reading in the blog, you will even love the book more. Take a free preview below and watch the Sizzle Reel. It will give you a sense of how this book might be of help in your life when you are looking to make some tough decisions.

Changing the world…One thought at a time.

This book is written for you. Whether you are just embarking on your journey in life, or if you are a seasoned veteran, we all have so much more to learn. Lessons from the Mountain is a conversational exploration of countless topics of personal and professional self help.

Mr. Weiner has collected a diverse assortment of thoughts from the great sages of the last two millennia, each sparking personalized discussions, intended to stimulate you into deeper contemplation of the subjects that intrigue you.

Leveraging his experiences in building The Illusion Factory and then, Sizzle, Mr. Weiner reflects on numerous moments of engagement that are relevant to all of us as we navigate our path in life.

In this zen entrepreneurial discussion, the myriad topics range from:

• Narrowing choices to increase opportunity

• Assuaging a hurt ego

• Managing the depression that comes with a failure

• Learning to continuously improve

• Owning your mistakes

• Increasing your likelihood for success

• Making ethical choices

• Pursuing seemingly impossible goals

• Coping with a loss

• Making unpopular decisions

• Communicating with compassion

• Learning to collaborate with others more skilled than you

• Accepting your reality, while working to change it

• Stopping bullies in their tracks

• Letting go of anger

• Deepening self-respect

• Understanding love

• Making the planet a better place

• Taking giant risks and succeeding

• The elusive pursuit of happiness

• The art of honesty and friendship

• Following your heart

• Overcoming PTSD

• Learning when to become impartial

• Questioning reality

• The probability of UFOs

• Attracting positive outcomes

• The benefits of being a zen entrepreneur

and many other interesting topics of exploration.

The book has been written over a couple of years of climbing a mountain in the darkness in order to be atop for the sunrise. Photos from those journeys accompany the beautifully illustrated aphorisms, whose content spark each of the philosophical discussions.

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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!