Bruce Lee was not American. Its acommon misconception. He wasChinese. He was actor, martialartist, philosopher, film director,screenwriter. He was also thefather of actor Brandon Lee and ofactress Shannon Lee. He is mainlynoted for his roles in five featurelength films, Lo Wei’s The Big Boss(1971) and Fist of Fury (1972); Wayof the Dragon (1972), directed andwritten by Bruce Lee; WarnerBrothers’ Enter the Dragon (1973),directed by Robert Clouse, andThe Game of Death (1978).
He is considered by many as the mostHe is considered by many as the mostinfluential martial artist of the 20thinfluential martial artist of the 20thcentury, and a cultural icon. He was thecentury, and a cultural icon. He was thepractitioner of Wing Chun and founderpractitioner of Wing Chun and founderof the Jeet Kune Do concept.of the Jeet Kune Do concept.
Goals serve as something to aim for, so don’t get too hung up on reaching them. Focus onenjoying the journey and the process. If you’re hiking on a beautiful trail, your goal is to getto your end destination, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the walk, or even changedirection. Be open, be flexible.Life Lesson 1 : “A goal is not always meant to be reached, itoften serves simply as something to aim at.”
The happiest people in the world are flexible. They do not have rigid beliefs or try to controland manipulate their surroundings to make them happy. They are okay with how thingsare. They accept, they live in the now and they breathe. If you want to have a fulfilling andhappy life, be flexible and accept things as they are.Life Lesson 2 : "Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked,while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind."
There’s no time for procrastinating, making excuses and succumbing to your fears. I know itcan be hard, but you will ultimately die, so why not make the best of your life? Don’t wastetime, instead start boldly moving towards your dreams. You will fail and make mistakesalong the way, so stay humble and stay in the now.Life Lesson 3 : “If you love life, dont waste time, for time iswhat life is made up of.”
The most satisfying way to live is to help and enrich the life of others. If you can find a wayto solve other people’s problems while following your passion, you will have found the idealway to live.Life Lesson 4 : “Real living is living for others.”
If we want the earth to become better, we have to let go of judgment, prejudice and rigidbeliefs. There is no need to be right or wrong, or say that you are better than someone else.Everything is as it is. If you do not like it, you can do something else, but do not injectnegative energy, because it never does any good.Life Lesson 5 : “Take no thought of who is right or wrong orwho is better than. Be not for or against.”
If you want to get results and master something, you have to stop dabbling and jumpingaround from thing to thing. Commit to something and follow through. Most people quitbefore any results can appear. They give up too soon. Don’t be one of those people!Life Lesson 6 : “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicksonce, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
You impose your own limitations. Even if a guru tells you that something is impossibledoesn’t mean it is. He or she is human just like you. Remember, most great peoplewere told they could never accomplish something, but they went ahead and did itanyway. Listen to yourself and do what excites you.Life Lesson 7 : “Using no way as way, using no limitation as limitation.”
Simplify your life and eliminate the unnecessary. We as a society have been taught toconsume and amass material possessions. Luckily, we are starting to realize that thisdoesn’t work. Happiness comes from the inside, not from the outside. Simplicity givesyou clarity and peace of mind.Life Lesson 8 : “Simplicity is the key to brilliance.”
In the beginning, learn from someone you look up to, but as you get better and moresuccessful, take what works and discard what doesn’t. We are all unique, so we have tofind our own groove and start listening to ourselves. Listen to your heart for guidance.Where is it trying to pull you?Life Lesson 9 : "Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not,Add what is uniquely your own."
You can read all the information you want, but if you never take action, nothing willhappen. You will almost never have crystal clear clarity, so you will have to work throughconfusion and uncertainty. I know you want a rock-solid guarantee that will tell you thatyou will be successful, but in reality, no such thing exists. You have to start moving in orderto get to where you want to be.Life Lesson 10 : "Knowing is not enough, you must apply;willing is not enough, you must do."
Life Lesson 11 : "The martial arts are ultimately self-knowledge. A punch or a kick isnot to knock the hell out of the guy in front, but to knock the hell out of your ego, yourfear, or your hang-ups.”Everything you do involves your ego. It’s the one that is afraid. It wants you to stay where thingsare comfortable, convenient and safe. If you listen to your heart, you know that this isn’t the pathfor you. Go after your dreams and do so boldly. Accept the fear inside you and keep moving.
Think about what you are thinkingtoday. What do those thoughts sayabout you? About your life? Andhow well do they really match yourplans for your life and your imageof yourself?Life Lesson 12 : “As you think, so shall you become.”
Life Lesson 13 : “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hackaway at the unessential.” “If you spend too much time thinking about athing, you’ll never get it done.”Thinking has its place. It can help you plan a somewhat realistic route to your goal andhelp you avoid future pitfalls. Over-thinking is however just a habit that will help you wastea lot of time. It’s more useful to replace that habit with the habit of just doing it.
What you see, feel and hear in other people may be a reflection of you. The things youlearn by thinking this way may not always be pleasant, but they can be enlightening. Theyhelp you to see yourself and also how you may be fooling yourself. And these powerfulinsights can be very valuable for your personal growth. So, in interactions with others, tryasking yourself: what is reflected?Life Lesson 14 : “To know oneself is to study oneself in action withanother person.”
To find more emotional stability and to take control of how you feel you need to get yourvalidation from to a more consistent source. Yourself. You can replace the expectationsand validation of others by setting your own expectations and by validating yourself.Life Lesson 15 : “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’renot in this world to live up to mine.” “Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.”
Life Lesson 16 : “To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”Living proactively is so much more rewarding and exciting.
Life Lesson 17 : “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself,do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”But I believe that being the real you will work better. Because there the genuine you isshining through. Without incongruency, mixed messages or perhaps a sort of phoniness. It’syou to 100%. It’s you with not only your words but you with your voice tonality and bodylanguage – which some say is over 90% of communication – on the same wavelength asyour words. It’s you coming through on all channels of communication.
Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while thebamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
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