When you strive to be a better version of yourself from a position of self love, not criticism, everything changes.

When you strive to be a better version of yourself from a position of self love, not criticism, everything changes.


When was the last time you took an honest look in the mirror, and asked yourself whether or not there were aspects of yourself that you might be willing to start to improve upon?

We are quick to see details in others that they might choose to improve upon, but there are many times when we are potentially delusional about our own need for growth. 

Conversely, we are many times so self critical about ourselves, that we do not find value in the criticism, only disappointment and despair. 

When we are in relative balance and feel harmonious within our lives, we are more readily capable of looking at the potential problems that we are encountering, and leveraging those to our greater benefit by understanding which aspects of our own personality, or overall being, could benefit from improvement.

Working to find our stasis in life is a continual effort that requires a constant quality of self awareness that is not coming from a critical perspective, but rather from a loving and nurturing perspective. 

This facilitates our ability to measure our overall being through countless metrics of our own choosing. In the course of such measurement, we discover that there are categories in which we might discover a value in leveraging our own internal resources, such that we might score higher marks the next time we take such an inventory. 

If we continue to work to better ourselves through whichever methodologies and resources, we have at our disposal, we are always leaving an image of ourselves in our mind of where we have come from, so that we are that much more capable of visualizing whom we are becoming.

As we continue to grow and find the joy and satisfaction in that growth, we are planting ever deeper foundations upon which we might stand. 

I believe it is wise periodically to take the time to reflect backwards upon where we have come from so that we are that much more capable of understanding how evolved our overall process truly is. 

The only person worth surpassing is the person you were yesterday. 

Happy Friday!

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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!