You are never given a wish, without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.

My mother put this aphorism in my book, when she wrote it for me at age 19. At that age, I do not think I was looking at things through the same filter of experience and accrued knowledge that I view things through now.

BUT…. I believed the aphorism with all that I had. Why? Because I wanted to believe it.

SO…older and wiser, I now come up with lots of “what about” and “what if” scenarios as my more critically-thinking mind takes on the same aphorism 42 years later. I find numerous ways that the aphorism could not be true, as in the…. What if my wish were to be a hawk?

Here’s the point of my using it today, with a picture that is “woo-woo” as my non celestial friends would readily point out…..

What you desire, you manifest. Forget the absolutes. Forget the what ifs. Forget the yes, buts…..

If you want something with everything you have (and it is within physical probable reality to be accomplished), you will achieve it.

At age 19, I read this and at every juncture in my life, when things got really hard, and I was scared, I came back to this one. I can’t explain why. Perhaps it is the same comfort that others find in reading psalms. There is something about knowing that others have experienced what you are going through and that they are reporting back from further up the trail that you can do this! You CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING IN LIFE YOU SET YOUR MIND TO.

Last night, at dinner, my dear friend Ramsey, shared his incredible joy that he is heading up to Berkeley in about 60 days. He reminded me that when we were at his brother’s graduation two years ago that he was looking around with a feeling like “it could never happen to him” and he reminded me that I shared with him on that day that soon it would be he in this situation. I do not think he believed me at that moment, but the thought stuck, he worked tirelessly to achieve it… and suddenly he is accepted to Berkeley and on his own path to stardom.

Voices of encouragement could not be more important in life. They really matter. They carry a magic that is incomparable and they deliver courage in doses that are immeasurable.

I have a phone call today with another friend’s son who I spent some time mentoring about 15 years ago when he was in high school and very interested in The Illusion Factory. Today he and I are talking about taking his tech company that he has built since that date, and Sizzle and doing a joint venture. It gives me tremendous joy seeing how young vibrant minds are stimulated to catapult into their dreams…..

You may have to work for your dreams. You may have to work harder than others. You may constantly be facing total defeat in the process. But as I watch Ramsey on his quest and I watch Chris taking on the math and logic for artificial intelligence in his quest, I see the generations behind me acting just as I did when I was young…

Focus and determination being used to overcome fear and anxiety so that their wishes will come true as well.


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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!