#Bruce Lee # philosophy on life
The world has tilted on its axis. We got some weird shit going on. Who’s bombing who and why? All of our leaders look like bit players in a badly made marvel movie. All of them overacting and under delivering. The only thing they have in common right now are bad hairdos. We need a hero to knock some sense into them. But who… I hear you say. Well since you’re asking… in my opinion there’s only one person with the drive…determination and kick arse moves that fits the bill. It’s Bruce Lee. And he has very good hair.
I love Bruce Lee. Don’t believe me, well I have a picture of him on my kitchen wall. The spirit of Bruce Lee and I have coffee together every morning. So, I got to thinking, as you do, what would it be like if Bruce Lee came back to the planet. Bruce Lee is responsible for putting martial arts on the map. So surely he could sought out the bad guys and restore peace on earth. But sadly that is not going to happen. We stand more chance of Simon Cowell running for president than Bruce Lee coming back from beyond the grave. So what would the next best thing be if we can’t have the original? We need to channel Bruce Lee. Yes, channel our inner Bruce Lee. Think about it. In any given situation when your back’s against the wall…when you’re stressed out and the man is giving you a hard time. We need to say to ourselves and each other “What would Bruce Lee do now?”
Here are some extracts from some of the original letters written by Bruce Lee which highlights his approach to life and will help you channel the legend.
You need a game plan?
You need to set compelling goals for yourself. It is important that you keep living your dreams. Start that business…change careers…learn a new trade. If you are channeling Bruce Lee then you need to make your goals big. He wrote…
“I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in the United States. In return I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. Starting 1970 I will achieve world fame and from then onward till the end of 1980 I will have in my possession $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.”
He made his declaration of intent in 1969. Four years later he was dead. We are reminded that life is short…precarious and not guaranteed. You need to get on with it now.
Have a vision bigger than yourself.
If you have a goal that it is bigger than yourself, it will keep you motivated and help you to inspire others to join you.
“I like to let the world know about the greatness of this Chinese art…. I’d like to originate something”.
Develop your spiritual nature.
Unless you do this you will never tap into your greatness. Bruce Lee studied philosophy at college. He read Taoism, Buddhism and Zen. His approach to life was different because of these influences. Whereby others around him decided ‘what” they wanted from life. He was more concerned with ‘why’ he wanted it.
Bruce Lee called his energy “spiritual force”.
“Whether it is the God-head or not, I feel this great force, this unstopped power, this dynamic something within me. This feeling defies description, and there is no experience with which this feeling may be compared. It is something like a strong emotion mixed with faith, but a lot stronger”.
He studied Dr Charles P. Steinmetz, the electrical genius, who believed at the time, that the next big idea in science would be what he called “spiritual realization.” Steinmetz said “When a man comes to a conscious vital realization of those great spiritual forces within himself and begins to use those forces in science, in business and in life, his progress in the future will be unparalleled”.
After you have decided on your goals then you must do it…practice and improve every day.
“Knowing is not enough…you must apply…willing is not enough …you must do”
Develop your self-belief
Bruce Lee had an unshakeable belief in himself and unstoppable confidence. He didn’t get these things over night. He was always improving…challenging himself…pushing the boundaries.
“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them”
Know your stuff and more.
The fact that Bruce Lee was an expert in his field is undeniable. Being the best wasn’t good enough for him he went beyond the boundaries of his field. Be it fencing, boxing, dancing, nunchaku…he studied them all and incorporated everything he learnt into his game. He mixed it up and switch it up. He not only beat his rivals at their own game but he also made it look really cool. Mohammed Ali floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee. Bruce Lee embodied the animal kingdom and whopped arse like a boss.
Pay it back and pay it forward
One of the lesser known things about Bruce Lee was that he loved to teach and he loved to help others. When he ‘made it’ he didn’t kick the ladder away, he was responsible for giving Chuck Norris and Jackie Chan their big break. He stated…
“I enjoy teaching and helping people… I don’t really worry about the reward, but to set in motion the machinery to achieve it. My contribution will be the measure of my reward and success”
Laser sharp focus
In the opening scenes to “Enter the Dragon”. Lee’s character hits his student on the head repeatedly and tells him “Focus or you will miss all the heavenly glory” This was a metaphor for the way that Bruce Lee approached his work….focus…determination and attention to detail.
“I fear not the man who has 10,000 kicks. I fear the man who has 1 kick which he has practiced 10,000 times”.
In these confusing and conflicting times we need to be a little more Bruce Lee. Peaceful and unassuming…with burning ambition….determination to be the best….laser sharp focus…and the ability to kick arse if necessary.
“Do not pray for a peaceful life… pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”. Bruce Lee. The legend!