When I shut my mouth and walk away, it doesn’t mean you’ve won. It simply means you’re not worth my time anymore.

When I shut my mouth and walk away, it doesn’t mean you’ve won. It simply means you’re not worth my time anymore.

Sometimes you have to walk away to get to where you are going.

For every individual, this “breaking point” is a different line in the sand. It is personal, based upon life experience, need, focus, opportunity, knowledge and so much more.

But, inevitably, we have all found ourselves at such a juncture. In those moments we are pushed to that final limit and forced to recognize that we have hit our threshold and we are clearly at the moment in which such a decision must be made.

This is often times made with a deep sadness in our heart, or it might stem from exasperation caused by the frustration of dealing with circumstances that might never come to resolution… Whereas other times, it comes at a moment of internal rage, so desirous of being expressed as to threaten to consume us if it is not released immediately.

Life teaches us (mostly through empirical experiences) that our desire to express any of the above emotions at such a moment will come with a penalty at a later date. It shows us that our intense desire to release whatever emotion has boiled over inside, results (almost inevitably) with a cause for regret.

If we are most wise, we finally learn that any expression of such frustration, disappointment, despair, or anger is pointless. It is solely an opportunity for our ego to express how annoyed, disturbed, hurt or furious it might feel. We want to make the other party know how they have trespassed us, in whatever way that has happened. We want them to feel regret or any other emotion that levels the playing field.

Sadly, with almost no exception, the proper response is just to walk away without a word. It does not feel as good at the moment, but in the longer scheme of things, it is clearly the best of options. We get little satisfaction while our Universal parent plays nursemaid to our Inner Child. We want to level the playing field. But with the vista that only time can deliver, we finally learn that the ultimate checkmate move is to disappear without a word.

If you have been hurt many times, and you still know how to smile… trust me, you have far more wealth than you might imagine. 

Keep smiling… but never say a word…. It will keep them guessing.

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!