Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many. 

Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many. 


How many times do you make the wrong assessment at the first impression?

We are often times quick to presume and quick to judge, but is it always in our best interest?

It has been my experience that in most cases, things that are too good to be true, most usually are. And some things that appear wrong or inappropriate for us, might actually have some merit, if given fair opportunity and consideration. 

What is it that might allow us to distinguish more appropriately at first blush? I believe the answer to that question starts with wisdom and life experience. Perhaps, after having discovered on more than one occasion, that our first assessment could not be more wrong, we are more willing to consider that our first read of the situation may not be as accurate as we might like to believe. 

Does this mean that we are better served becoming perpetually skeptical of everything? Not necessarily. Prudence would dictate that being considerably more judicious in our assessments, carries far greater value than acting quickly on something that has yet to be fully flushed out and vetted.

Learning to constrain our enthusiasm at the outset of something wonderful, is very important towards our ability to remain even keel in the face of those positive and negative stimuli. 

So the next time you are face-to-face, with variables that appear highly biased (in your mind), perhaps the wise option would be to remain nonplussed, and allow yourself ample time to readily discover the truth…good, bad, or indifferent, about that which you are currently assessing. 

Happy Monday!

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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!