Maya Making: Lessons from a Post 9-5 World

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“There is no place in this new kind of physics for the field and matter, for the field is the only reality”  – Albert Einstein

I used to believe institutions, and society as a whole, would help me gain perspective and create meaning in my life.  They would define the limits of possibility, and provide the rules and principles I would need to be fulfilled, grow, and prosper.

How long have I been sleeping on that bed of nails?  A long-time.

We look at Einstein, a man drowning in the laws of matter, and in one sentence he turns everything upside down.

It’s all invented!  There is no “matter”, only the whole.   To believe otherwise is to be grounded in the limitations of the mind.  We become the “Maya Makers” (“Maya” – a Hindu term for illusion).

The process is devious.  After all, it’s easy to feel, touch, and experience personal limitations when you step outside your comfort zone.  What do you do when you’re face-to-face with that “reality”?  Often times you shrink up and go back to what’s “possible”.  But here’s what I’m slowly learning – we create the opposition and resistance that present itself to us on a daily basis, and then we become lost in what we believe to be the truth of our lives.  It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

As my wife and I venture out and launch our new marketing business, our two sons have been trying hard to keep us grounded.   My 7-year old son is almost Yoda-like in this regard!  Lately, he has been a role model for courageous innovation.

Two months earlier he had a big problem – a LEGO dilemma that was causing him considerable angst.  He loves LEGOs but isn’t happy with the limited number of characters the company offers him.  Most people, including myself, would never question the boundaries set by LEGO.  But my son is young enough not to have had his inquisitive nature and sense of possibility beaten out of him just yet.  He rarely looks at situations and circumstances as absolute reality.  Instead, he brainstorms about his problem and dreams about LEGO figures he’d love to have.  And with a bit of creativity, paint, clay, and LEGO pieces he already possesses, my son courageously turns that dream into reality.  He breaks free from the limits set by LEGO and creates 45 unique characters you will not find anywhere else.

Isn’t it astonishing how much freedom you and I possess?

(Are you looking for inspiration, guidance, and innovative tools for your business or career?  My new marketing company wants to help!  Our passion is helping people turn their dreams into reality.  We make ideas happen, and we want to help you move toward that truer reality!  Email us at  We’d love to talk with you and let you know how we can help.  Stay tuned for our updated website!  – David & Nicole)



  1. Dan Franz  March 15, 2011

    Wonderful and inspiring article, David! I am so happy for you and your wife, and will continue to send all the positive energy and thoughts I can your way! It’s an exciting journey out here in the land of “Not 9-5” and I wish you both all the best!

    PS – Your son = Genius!!! What a great source of inspiration!

  2. Cheryl Mansson  March 15, 2011

    I have said for decades, “if you want to know how to live, watch a child.” Now I have added, be the one in you 🙂

  3. David Diana  March 15, 2011

    Thanks Dan! And we will be sure to return the favor as we love what you are doing. My son will be proud of the fact you liked his LEGOS!

  4. David Diana  March 15, 2011

    I love the addition Cheryl!

  5. Wendy Molinaorli  March 15, 2011

    Love the article! It is all in changing our perspective and pre-conceived thoughts. It is like in “Blazing Saddles” (God bless Mel Brooks!) where the bad guys come across a toll booth in the middle of the desert. Instead of just driving around it, they exclaim they don’t have enough nickels and ride back to camp to get them.

    Your son’s characters are fantastic! Good luck with your new venture, and I am excitedly waiting for the day I might make the great website list! 🙂

  6. David Diana  March 16, 2011

    I love Mel Brooks Wendy and that scenario is hilarious and perfect. We’ll get your site looking great for sure!

  7. Peggy Sudol  March 16, 2011

    David & Nicole,
    I am a technophobe…OK, I did get an iphone, but don’t use 1/4 of what it offers! Is being part of the “group” web page enough for me or should I have my own personal one??? I am so happy for you two striking out on your own…certain that great things are to come your way.

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