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Title: Life Lessons From Bruce Lee

Life Lessons From Bruce Lee
Showing off is the fools idea of glory.
Bruce Lee was not American. Its a common
misconception. He was Chinese. He was actor,
martial artist, philosopher, film director,
screenwriter. He was also the father of actor
Brandon Lee and of actress Shannon Lee. He is
mainly noted for his roles in five feature length
films, Lo Weis The Big Boss (1971) and Fist of
Fury (1972) Way of the Dragon (1972), directed
and written by Bruce Lee Warner Brothers Enter
the Dragon (1973), directed by Robert Clouse, and
The Game of Death (1978). 
He is considered by many as the most influential
martial artist of the 20th century, and a
cultural icon. He was the practitioner of Wing
Chun and founder of the Jeet Kune Do concept.
Life Lesson 1 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 dont get
too hung up on reaching them. Focus on enjoying
the journey and the process. If youre hiking on
a beautiful trail, your goal is to get to your
end destination, but that doesnt mean you cant
enjoy the walk, or even change direction. Be
open, be flexible.
Life Lesson 2 "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.
Life Lesson 3 If you love life, don't waste
time, for time is what life is made up of.
Theres 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? Dont 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.
Life Lesson 4 Real living is living for
The most satisfying way to live is to help and
enrich the life of others. If you can find a way
to solve other peoples problems while following
your passion, you will have found the ideal way
to live.
Life Lesson 5 Take no thought of who is right
or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or
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.
Life Lesson 6 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. Dont be one of
those people!
Life Lesson 7 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 doesnt
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.
Life Lesson 8 Simplicity is the key to
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 doesnt work.
Happiness comes from the inside, not from the
outside. Simplicity gives you clarity and peace
of mind.
Life Lesson 9 "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 doesnt. 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
Life Lesson 10 "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.
Life Lesson 11 "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
Everything you do involves your ego. Its 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 isnt
the path for you. Go after your dreams and do so
boldly. Accept the fear inside you and keep
Life Lesson 12 As you think, so shall you
Think about what you are thinking today. What do
those thoughts say about you? About your life?
And how well do they really match your plans for
your life and your image of yourself?
Life Lesson 13 Its not the daily increase but
daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.
If you spend too much time thinking about a
thing, youll never get it done.
Thinking has its place. It can help you plan a
somewhat realistic route to your goal and help
you avoid future pitfalls. Over-thinking is
however just a habit that will help you waste a
lot of time. Its more useful to replace that
habit with the habit of just doing it.
Life Lesson 14 To know oneself is to study
oneself in action with another person.
What you see, feel and hear in other people may
be a reflection of you. The things you learn by
thinking this way may not always be pleasant, but
they can be enlightening. They help you to see
yourself and also how you may be fooling
yourself. And these powerful insights can be very
valuable for your personal growth. So, in
interactions with others, try asking yourself
what is reflected?
Life Lesson 15 Im not in this world to live
up to your expectations and youre not in this
world to live up to mine. Showing off is the
fools idea of glory.
To find more emotional stability and to take
control of how you feel you need to get your
validation from to a more consistent source.
Yourself. You can replace the expectations and
validation of others by setting your own
expectations and by validating yourself.
Life Lesson 16 To hell with circumstances I
create opportunities.
Living proactively is so much more rewarding and
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 is shining
through. Without incongruency, mixed messages or
perhaps a sort of phoniness. Its you to 100.
Its you with not only your words but you with
your voice tonality and body language which
some say is over 90 of communication on the
same wavelength as your words. Its you coming
through on all channels of communication.
Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily
cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by
bending with the wind.
Thank You Very Much Sompong Yusoontorn