We are not our age… We are our energy.

I was fortunate to have a very successful entrepreneur come to my house last night. He had come in from Vegas to meet with me to discuss Sizzle. It was truly an enlightening evening and I learned a lot from our discussion. He has had 8 successful exits from his companies totaling over $9 billion. I was hanging on his every word, learning and absorbing what he had to say….Then he said something that set me back. He said, “with the 13 years I have left, I plan to do x.”

I stopped him mid sentence and inquired, “why 13 years?” He replied that with his current age plus 13, he felt that he would only have that stretch of time left to be viable before it would all disintegrate. If his projection was true, then that only left me 6 years, but in my mind, I feel like I have at least another 30. So I called him out on that concept and he defended it by telling me about his father and family members and I shared my thought that he needed to stop saying that, needed to stop believing that and most certainly, needed to stop projecting that in statements to others. 

Buddha shares, “What we think, we become.” Countless other sages have rewritten, paraphrased and extolled the same thought process. Your thoughts have consequences. Why else would Ted Lasso have a sign that says BELIEVE in the locker room???

I share this story for people of all ages to consider… why would we ever put limitations on ourselves? That limitation does not exist other than in your mind. And while there are many examples that disprove this statement as being a defacto accurate representation of reality, in most cases, I believe it to be very true. I work every day to model this behavior. I explain it to others. I write about it.

Our internal energy is far more powerful than we might imagine. We are quick to presume that we have our whole system figured out, diagramed, explained, and understood. But I prefer to view this from the same perspective as looking back at the British Society For The History Of Science in 1900 believing that all there was to know has already been discovered and understood. From our vantage point in 2022, we can see the extreme fallacy in that presumption. So much more has been discovered since then. And more continues to be discovered by the hour.

I follow the James Webb Telescope on Facebook, and if you are not part of that group, I highly recommend that you choose to join this group. The most remarkable chapter of current human history has unfolded this month, and every day it brings visuals and knowledge way beyond that which we could ever imagine. The visuals are sumptuous and spectacular. The quotation today is atop a new picture of the Pillar of Creation. Yesterday they showed a pie chart divided between: That which you know, That which you think you don’t know and that which you have no idea that you don’t know. The first two categories combined could not have amounted to more than 15% of the pie combined, leaving 85% open to the category of “we have zero idea whatsoever!”

All of this is important for one reason. Our brains are far more powerful and connected than we might imagine. The energy that we summon in our daily lives all stems from that brain. Where else would it come from? In that brain lies the secrets to all that we may ever wish to have, experience, cherish, explore, understand and love. 

Our age does not define us. Our internal energy and perpetual fuel is what drives our being. Never put a limitation on that. For in the choice to do so, you are instantly locking out all that you do not know that you do not know. And in the case of the universe, that amounts to approximately 85% of what is possible.

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!