I am from the 1980’s generation kid who loves martial art movies back when I was in grade school. I remember we would play games pretending to be a great martial artist and all those stuff. My favorites were Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Sylvester Stallone.
For me, Bruce Lee will forever be a legendary man who is an inspiration to people and even for the next generations to come. To date, he is still considered to be the most influential martial artists of all time. In fact, he has 11 life lessons to share which was compiled by SheBudgets.Com and I strongly believe that this is worth sharing. Check it out and get inspired!
Top 11 Life Lessons From Bruce Lee
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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!
“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.
“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 worksand 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.
“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.
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Wherever you are, whatever path you are heading too…these 11 lessons are so great that you can use it as a tool to remind you of your dreams and wants. I swear, it can excite you and it will wake up your sleeping energy.
Lately, I am feeling so down and of not knowing what I really wanted to be. I met an old friend from my previous work at the National Economic Development Authority and she still felt sorry that I gave up my work there. Also, my social worker friends and batch mates are all happily working at the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
But ahhhh… I am here…taking and surviving the path that I really wanted. I wanted to write and to become a self published author. I wanted to make writing as a source of passive income so I can pursue my passion as a volunteer to various interests I have such as the empowerment of women, youth and sustainable development. I have so many plans and thoughts about Climate Change advocacy these past few days…I still don’t know how to put things into action but I am sure I will be there.