The measure of a person’s real character is what they would do, if they knew they would never be found out.

The measure of a person’s real character is what they would do, if they knew they would never be found out.


What would you do, if you knew you could never be found out?

For many people, there are many different answers to this question.

Obviously, at the root of the question, is the fundamental understanding of whether or not, your morality is truthful to the core.

Contemplating being within the vacuum of being able to do anything without a repercussion, brings massive temptation to almost anyone.

Somewhere in the dark recess of everyone’s mind, lies one or two things that they wish that they could do without fear of punishment.

For some, the temptation lies on the personal side, and for others on the professional side. Would you rob a bank if you knew you could not be caught? Would you have an extra marital affair? Would you cheat on your taxes? The crime is entirely incidental in the examination of the moral principle. Once a person is willing to do something against their own personal morality, that line of demarcation has been crossed, and the new territory of doing that which could not be discovered, is awakened.

As we grow older, and we learn upon which people we may rely, and upon whom we are less likely to trust, we are also potentially unearthing part of that deep internal psyche that tunes in to the vibrations of other people.

When the circumstance becomes solely an unspoken confidence between ourself and our reflection in the mirror, the true test of our internal resolve is brought to full measure.

It is a great litmus test for each of us to leverage, such that we might gain deeper insights about qualities within ourselves that we admire, versus qualities that we may wish to improve upon, predicated upon that which we have learned.

Happy Tuesday!


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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!