The same sword that knights you, can be the sword that good nights you.  

The same sword that knights you, can be the sword that good nights you.  


Have you ever had a person in your life, that could instantly elevate your status, predicated upon their perspective of you?

In life, we unquestionably encounter purveyors of power who are readily able to bestow rights, privilege and resources to our benefit with a simple nod of their head. 

When we encounter such a power broker, we are often times so enamored by their presence, we do not always readily see the flip side of that power bearer, for, in many circumstances, those who can bestow power, can just as easily take it away. 

When we are on the receiving end, we are so grateful for both the privilege and the opportunity, that we may find ourselves blinded to the harsh reality of with whom we are dealing and what the potential downside of that relationship dynamic may ultimately look like. 

It is only through these circumstances, that we become all the more aware of where we truly stand in their estimation. If their estimation is high, and their need for us is even higher, our likelihood of assimilating the power they are bestowing upon us, and growing into it, is incredibly strong. 

Yet there are also those moments in which we could be leveraged in a situation by the exact same power broker, who may infuse us with power, such that we help them eradicate a problem in their current existence… and once dealt with, their need for us disintegrates and leaves us vulnerable to whatever decision or emotion, they may be feeling at any moment in time. 

Understanding that power can, and very well may be, a transitive property, is important to our choices as to how to potentially wield this power, as well as how to utilize it to our greatest benefit. 

The power game is continuous, and the dynamic is perpetually in a state of flux, always subject to extenuating circumstances and variables. 

If we are most prudent, we will appreciate the moments in which the power pendulum swings in our favor, and simultaneously be equally respectful and wary of what can and may very well transpire, when or if the pendulum swings in the opposite direction. 

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!