You might find you could be your own hero, even if you’re broken inside.

You might find you could be your own hero, even if you’re broken inside.


When you’re feeling lost, broken, bewildered, confused, angry, disappointed, or any other negative emotion… who is the hero on the white horse that’s going to come riding into town to save you? 

There is only one hero that’s going to save you, and that is you. 

We may always hope and wish for some magical, divine interaction that can step in and make everything OK, but in the end, the one constant you can always rely upon, is yourself. 

When a person is in such a negative, downward spiral, it feels almost impossible that they could possibly be the hero that’s going to help them themselves, but the reality is, there can be no other hero. 

There could be guiding forces that provide influential help, there could be third-party intervention, but even then, the only person that’s going to ultimately solve the issue… is going to be you. 

When you are in such a downward state, how is it possible to come to this realization? The answer is that it is unquestionably difficult to find that personal strength, and any of us who have been in such a horrible, negative spiral learn through time that at a certain point, we hit rock bottom, and then there is only upwards to go from there. 

That realization of hitting rock-bottom, is one of the most rude awakening moments of any individual’s life. It is a very tough position to be in. But, I believe that it is because of the toughness of that scenario, that we (finally) find the internal resolve to turn the corner. 

Ask any person who’s been sober for several years or who have gone through any one of hundreds of difficult life-altering chapters, what it was that turned the corner for them, and they will all tell you that they hit some degree of bottoming out before they finally had their epiphany. 

As Lady Gaga said in the Academy Awards last night…You might find you could be your own hero, even if you’re broken inside.

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!