The teacher can open the door but the student must walk through it.

How many times have you not walked through a door that was opened for you?

We are all students in life. Even the most celebrated masters are students, for the more we learn, the more we discover how little we truly know.

Periodically in life, we have an opportunity in which a door to a new lesson has been opened on our behalf, either by our own efforts, or by those of a third-party or circumstance.

When those things come to pass, are we wise enough to see the open doorway, or do we remain potentially blinded by our own current daily regimen, such that we are not likely to see the opportunity, even if it is right there in front of us?

When the student is ready, the master appears.

This adage could not be any more accurate in its understanding of the fact that knowledge and learning must be paired with a hunger and desire to consume, and then absorb, that knowledge, in order to slowly work to master it to its ultimate conclusion.

Our continuous desire to grow by expanding our horizons and improving our conditions, is part and parcel to the overall fuel that causes us to kick our heels out of bed, and commence with the day.

When we see these variables for what they are, we are all the more likely to feel a deep, inner hunger, for learning more and more within the realms of knowledge and life experiences that fascinate us. We pursue lessons which are necessary for our continuous success, while remaining conscious of the opportunities that surround us.

Our recognition that periodically these doors are opened on our behalf, is imperative to the overall success that will be necessary in order to fully thrive in our society.

The next time you see a door that has opened to your personal benefit, perhaps your taking a second to contemplate how and why the door was opened, and by whom, would be prudent for your appreciation of that opportunity and even more importantly, for understanding how, where and why subsequent opportunities might come to pass, in the days, months and years ahead.

Happy Wednesday!

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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!