Life Lessons for Success and Self Confidence from Bruce Lee

Besides being a famous actor and a successful martial artist, Bruce Lee was known to have a philosophical side. So much so that he was called a "philosopher".

Now, in this writing, I will share my favorite quotes from Bruce Lee.

  • “I fear not the man who practiced 10000 kicks once but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10000 times.”
    • These words give us a hint for Bruce Lee’s secret of the success in martial arts and self-confidence.
    • If you watch “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story” (a movie about Bruce Lee’s life), you can see that by doing the same movements, again and again, he boosted the speed of his hits 
  • “Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” 
    • These words are the secret of being unbeatable and the source of these words is actually ancient Chinese Philosophy. 
    • To better understand these words, you should watch Twin Warriors/The Tai Chi Master (film of Jet Li) 
  • “A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” 
    • If you have a goal, you can focus and use your energy more efficiently
  • “If you always put limits 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.” 
    • Up to the twentieth century, it was believed that a person would not be able to run 100 meters in less than 10 seconds. (it was known as “ten seconds barrier”) Until today, more than a hundred sprinters ran 100 meters in less than 10 seconds. Even in some races, more than one person did it. 
  • “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” 
  • “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” 
  • “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” 
  • “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” 
  • "Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one." 
  • "If you look within yourself and are sure that you have done right, what do you have to fear or worry about? You are required only to perform your own mission in life." 
  • "Simplicity is the key to brilliance."


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