Our Greatest Glory Is Not In Never Falling, But In Rising Every Time We Fall.


Show me a person who has never taken a fall (metaphorically speaking), and I will show you a person that has never tried to live up to their truest potential.

It’s normal to take a fall, it’s just that some of them are much more painful than others. But if there’s one thing that taking a fall teaches you, it is the power of rallying your spirit to stand back on your own two feet and go for it with even more gusto than you did before.

I have taken more than my share of falls in life, some small, some massive, all painful.

When I was in my young 20s and The Illusion Factory was still in my father’s basement, he and I would take a walk first thing in the morning and talk about life. If I had recently taken a fall, I would use this moment for therapy. Dad would always say that your path is a perpetual journey between valleys and mountains and if you are finding yourself in a valley, the next path up the mountain is just around the corner.

I’m not sure it meant as much to me then as it does now because looking backwards he is absolutely correct.

The first step to rectifying a giant fall is self-respect. If your fall was public and friends or family or business associates witnessed the fall, the first thing you have to do is forgive yourself for trying. Once you are past forgiveness, then you have to remember how much you love yourself and visualize the goal that you were aiming for in the first place, then set your sights beyond that goal and give it everything you’ve got.

It doesn’t always work, but perhaps that was just a foothill that you were climbing on the road to the bigger mountain. Life provides so many opportunities for us to discover our deeper potential. What a shame it would be to always err on the side of caution for fear of falling and thereby never discover what you are truly made of.

Wishing you great joy, fortitude, courage and the deepest of passions to pursue everything you know you are capable of achieving, and then some!???

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Have you fallen and found your way back up again?

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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius

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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!