When you have more than you need, build a longer table, rather than a higher fence.

When was the last time you went out of your way to share some of your abundance with someone else?

When your cup is overflowing, and things are going incredibly well in your world, do you find a way to help others in the course of your success?

We are so myopically focused on succeeding by whichever definitions we are choosing to measure that metric by, that in many circumstances, we do not see the forest for the trees.

In our determination to succeed, are we finding our greatest and higher self through the efforts that we are making, or are we merely amassing more wealth through our traditional metrics of success?

We are quick to discover when we have a moment of decreased success, that waiting for others to facilitate any form of respite that might alleviate some of our stress can prove to be one of life’s best lessons in teaching us about where our lives have currently evolved to.

It is only through this continuous cycle of accelerated and decelerated success variables, that we start to better understand the parts that we are playing in our own path through life. And more importantly, why our own personal growth must supercede the majority of short term financial gains in our prioritizations of time and resources.

In so many situations, antagonism, jealousy, envy and other variables preclude different groups or individuals from generously sharing with one another. The antithesis to this behavior arises when we find ourselves allowing others to join in our abundance and share in our wealth through whatever abilities we might have with which to be generous.

In many cases, what we will discover from this behavior is that we are ultimately richer for having generously shared with others than we might have been, had we remained miserly with our own abundance.

It is only through the continuous generosity with others, that the true essence of humanity, compassion, and ultimately, civilization are realized to their greatest potential.

When we are working to improve our overall status, it would be most wise never to overlook our own willingness to be gracious, as being one of our most dependable pathways to achieving our own greatest outcome.

In the end, that which we can take with us, is that which we have given away.

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!