11 Inspiring Life Lessons from Bruce Lee

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bruce-lee

Bruce Lee was an actor, philosopher, film director, producer, screenwriter and martial artist. He was born in November 1940 and died July 1973 from a mysterious brain hemorrhage.

Many consider Bruce Lee to be one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century. His films took martial arts to a whole new level.

He was a pioneer when it came to making Chinese martial arts more popular in the west. He still to this day is considered a legend, and his philosophy lives on through his martial art Jeet Kune Do and through his writing.

When I grew up, I always looked up to Bruce Lee. He was this short guy, who weighed very little, yet seemed to have the power of a lion. He inspired, motivated and showed me that I don’t have to listen to the boundaries people impose on me. I make my own life, and I decide my faith.

Here are 11 powerful life lessons I learned from Bruce Lee:

  1. Goals

    “A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”

    Goals serve as something to aim for, so don’t get too hung up on reaching them. Focus on enjoying the journey and the process.

    If you’re hiking on a beautiful trail, your goal is to get to your end destination, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the walk, or even change direction. Be open, be flexible.

  2. Flexibility

    “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”

    The happiest people in the world are flexible. They do not have rigid beliefs or try to control and manipulate their surroundings to make them happy.

    They are okay with how things are. They accept, they live in the now and they breathe. If you want to have a fulfilling and happy life, be flexible and accept things as they are.

  3. Time

    “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”

    There’s no time for procrastinating, making excuses and succumbing to your fears. I know it can be hard, but you will ultimately die, so why not make the best of your life?

    Don’t waste time, instead start boldly moving towards your dreams. You will fail and make mistakes along the way, so stay humble and stay in the now.

  4. Service

    “Real living is living for others.”

    The most satisfying way to live is to help and enrich the life of others. It wasn’t until I started my blog that I realized how satisfying it is to assist others.

    If you can find a way to solve other people’s problems while following your passion, you will have found the ideal way to live.

  5. Acceptance

    “Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.”

    If we want the earth to become better, we have to let go of judgment, prejudice and rigid beliefs. 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 inject negative energy, because it never does any good.

  6. Single-Mindedness

    “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

    If you want to get results and master something, you have to stop dabbling and jumping around from thing to thing. Commit to something and follow through.

    Most people quit before any results can appear. They give up too soon. Don’t be one of those people!

  7. Creativity

    “Using no way as way, using no limitation as limitation.”

    You impose your own limitations. Even if a guru tells you that something is impossible doesn’t mean it is. He or she is human just like you.

    Remember, most great people were told they could never accomplish something, but they went ahead and did it anyway. Listen to yourself and do what excites you.

  8. Simplicity

    “Simplicity is the key to brilliance.”

    Simplify your life and eliminate the unnecessary. We as a society have been taught to consume and amass material possessions.

    Luckily, we are starting to realize that this doesn’t work. Happiness comes from the inside, not from the outside. Simplicity gives you clarity and peace of mind.

  9. Find Your Path

    “Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.”

    In the beginning, learn from someone you look up to, but as you get better and more successful, take what works and discard what doesn’t.

    We are all unique, so we have to find our own groove and start listening to ourselves. Listen to your heart for guidance. Where is it trying to pull you?

  10. Take Action

    “Knowing is not enough, you must apply; willing is not enough, you must do.”

    You can read all the information you want, but if you never take action, nothing will happen. You will almost never have crystal clear clarity, so you will have to work through confusion and uncertainty.

    I know you want a rock-solid guarantee that will tell you that you will be successful, but in reality, no such thing exists. You have to start moving in order to get to where you want to be.

  11. Ego

    “The martial arts are ultimately self-knowledge. A punch or a kick is not to knock the hell out of the guy in front, but to knock the hell out of your ego, your fear, or your hang-ups.”

    Everything you do involves your ego. It’s the one that is afraid. It wants you to stay where things are comfortable, convenient and safe.

    If you listen to your heart, you know that this isn’t the path for you. Go after your dreams and do so boldly. Accept the fear inside you and keep moving.

Life is meant to be lived, so start living and following your passion.

Thinking Small – GOOOD.

Small Decisions
Small Decisions

Have you ever – perhaps in January – come up with some grand plan for self-improvement? Perhaps you promised yourself that you’d jog daily. Maybe you resolved to cook every night instead of eating out. You might even have written down goals, drawn up timetables and charts, and pumped up your willpower as much as possible.

And yet, somewhere along the way, you stopped. Going to the gym five times a week just wasn’t working. You ended up impulse shopping. You never managed to get up on time. Whatever it was, you felt like you’d failed.

The problem is, we’re prone to all-or-nothing thinking. We set ourselves high standards, and give up completely when we can’t meet them.

There’s another way. Rather than aiming for some maximum level of perfection, think small instead. Decide on a minimum standard which you’ll have no excuses for not achieving.

I first came across this idea from Shauna Reid, also known as Diet Girl. Lamenting her own all-or-nothing thinking, she wrote:

2009 Minimum Standards Agreement!

  • Write down what I eat
  • Exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes
  • 10.30 PM Internet curfew! […]

I know 20 minutes doesn’t sound like much to you hardcore dames out there, but last year I kept going from one extreme to another. I’d do a 16 miler for my Moonwalk training then do nowt for a week. Even if it’s just twenty minutes of Pilates or a quick jaunt around the village, I need to set a minimum.

Why a Minimum Standard Agreement Works
You’re probably still tempted to come up with grand, perfectionist goals. You’re thinking “I won’t get the same results if I just shoot for the minimum”. But is that really true?

How often have you set grand goals only to give up days later?

How often have you undone your hard work – by having an eating or spending binge after a period of too-harsh restriction?

When you set a Minimum Standard, you feel empowered, because you can easily achieve what you’ve promised yourself. Even on a really busy day, you can find time to write three sentences in your journal. Isn’t it better to do those three sentences daily, rather than aim for three pages and give up after a week?

Plus, when things are going well, your Minimum Standards Agreement doesn’t limit you at all. Let’s say you’ve promised yourself that you’ll walk for just 15 minutes each day. On a nice day, when you’ve got some extra time, you might decide to walk for 30 minutes – or even an hour. And the best part is, this will be a bonus achievement – above and beyond the minimum which you said you’d do.

You’ll feel great about hitting your targets, which means you’ll want to keep going. After all, if you manage to do your 15 minute walk for five weeks in a row, you won’t want to skip a day just because it’s raining.

Examples of Minimum Standards Agreements
So what does a minimum standards agreement look like? And which areas of your life should you focus on?

You’ll want to think about whether to make your targets:

  • Daily, weekly or monthly
  • Time-based or outcome-based
  • Focused on one key area, or split across several

I’d suggest that you pick one to three areas of your life where you’re struggling. Perhaps your two priorities are losing weight and saving money. You could set several simple targets like:

  • Have one day each week when I don’t spend anything (makes you more aware of your spending habits, should help you save money)
  • Take a packed lunch to work at least two days a week (good for money-saving and eating a healthier diet)
  • Spend at least 15 minutes exercising each day (walking, cycling, etc)

Start small: you can always up your commitments if you really feel that this is too easy. Of course, the most effective minimum standards agreements will be the ones which you come up with yourself – but if you’re stuck for ideas, you might want to try some of the below ones.

Remember, you can always do more. These are minimums that you’re supposed to be able to do without fail – even on bad days!

Health and Fitness ideas

  • Walk for 15 minutes a day
  • Eat one piece of fruit every day
  • Switch from whole milk to half-and-half
  • Have an hour-long walk on either Saturday or Sunday
  • Spend five minutes meditating or journaling every morning

Money ideas

  • Empty the spare change from your pockets or wallet into a jar every evening
  • Have a “no spend” day once a week (or once a month)
  • Ban yourself from online shopping in the evenings (or at particular points when you’re prone to impulse buy)
  • Start saving $5/week towards Christmas right now
  • Write down everything you spend on food/drinks out

Work ideas

  • Spend five minutes each day working on that dreaded report or presentation
  • Tidy your desk once a week (or once a month)
  • Take two minutes to plan your morning when you first get in to work
  • If you have a side business or personal project, spend fifteen minutes working on this each evening
  • Clear three emails from your backlog every day
  • Read one chapter of a relevant book each week (or a few pages each day)

TAO OF WARREN BUFFET #3

Ask too much
Ask too much

Never be afraid to ask for too much when selling

or offer too little when buying.

Warren understands that people fear embarrassment if they ask too high a price when selling or offer too low a price when buying.No one wants to be seen as greedy or cheap.Simply stated,in the world of business,how much money you get from a sale or how much you have to pay when making a purchase determines whether you make or lose money and how rich you ultimately become.Once negotiations begin,you can come down in your selling price or up in your buying price.But its impossible to do the opposite.

Warren has walked from many a deal because it failed to meet his price criteria.Perhaps the most famous example was his Capital Cities purchase of ABC .Warren wanted a larger share of the company for his money than Capital Cities was willing to part with-so he walked from the deal.the next day Capital Cities caved in and gave him the deal he wanted.Ask and you might just receive,but if you don’t ask…..