Sure you know Bruce Lee the martial artist and movie star. But do you know Bruce Lee the philosopher, comedian or master of personal development? He continuously pushed his mind and body to new levels and his physical prowess inspired and influenced body builders and martial artists alike.
As far as heroes go, Bruce Lee truly set an example of what it means to be YOUR best. Bruce was all about making the most of what you’ve got, seeking truth knowledge, and applying what you know. If you’ve seen him in movies or you know some of his quotes, you know exactly what I mean. Here are 10 life lessons from Bruce Lee :
Life Lesson 1 : Be YOUR best. It’s not about following in someone else’s footsteps or trying to be somebody you’re not. It’s about unleashing your best version of yourself.
“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”
Life Lesson 2 : Absorb what is useful. It’s not about blindly adopting patterns and practices. It’s about taking the best of the best and tailoring it. It’s also about throwing away what doesn’t work. Bruce borrowed concepts and techniques from everybody and every art in a relentless pursuit of the best of the best.
“Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.”
Life Lesson 3 : Keep an open mind. You have to be willing to throw out what you already know and have a curiosity to explore new paths. If you’re cup is already full, you can’t learn new things.
Life Lesson 4 : Aim past your target. Aim past your target, so when you fall short, you still land in the ballpark of success. Bruce Lee was famous for his one-inch punch, but in reality he was aiming past the one-inch.
“Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”
Life Lesson 5 : Stay flexible. Be flexible in your approach. Learn from everybody and everything and don’t get locked into a particular style.
“Expose yourself to various conditions and learn.”
Life Lesson 6 : Focus on growth. If you are like most people, there are times when you question whether you have succeeded in your personal growth and whether you achieved anything with your life? Push past your limits. Driving your growth through opportunities, solutions, and execution.
“There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
Life Lesson 7 : Know yourself. The most exciting adventure you will ever embark on is the journey inside yourself. As you begin to discover the amazing person that you are, you will be better able to understand others, make good choices in your careers and lifestyles, find meaning in your life, and earn your own happiness. Your blind spots and ignorance can be your biggest weakness.
“After all, all knowledge simply means self-knowledge.”
Life Lesson 8 : Master your mind and body. It’s not enough just to be smart. It’s not enough just to master your body. Your body and mind support each other. Your body helps turn what you think or dream up into results.
Life Lesson 9 : Apply what you know. Life is not about watching from the sidelines. Use what you know and put knowledge into practice. Test yourself.
“Knowing is not enough, we must do. Willing is not enough, we must apply.”
Life Lesson 10 : Make things happen. A goal is a goal no matter how big or small it is. Whether it is having a successful business, getting a promotion, losing weight, or shooting a ball though a hoop, we should approach each and every one of our goals step by step. When there is no wave, make one.
“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”
I think it really boils down to making the most of what you’ve got, including your mind and body, pushing past your limits and following a path of continuous learning and growth. Begin your first step and make it happen!!!