He is widely considered to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time. He did more in his short life than others do in a lifetime. He is often credited with helping change the way Asians were presented in American films. He’s Bruce Lee and here are his Top 10 Rules for success.
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Bruce Lee’s Top 10 Rules For Success
1. DEMONSTRATE IMPRESSIVELY
“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering”. – Bruce Lee
No feat of martial arts is more impressive than Bruce Lee’s famous strike, the one-inch punch. Lee was able to land an explosive blow that could knock opponents from just a single inch a way. I wish I could see it live, sadly all we have now is Youtube videos of this amazing punch. So when you demonstrate your skills make sure to impress others and no one will forget you!
2. EXPRESS YOURSELF
“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” – Bruce Lee
Don’t go out and try to duplicate successful people, you can learn from them, but always be yourself. People will see through you if you try to fake it, so focus on being you and you will be able to connect with people on a deeper level.
3. HAVE FAITH IN YOURSELF
“The doubters said, “Man can not fly,” The doers said, “Maybe, but we’ll try,” And finally soared in the morning glow while non-believers watched from below.” – Bruce Lee
Don’t let doubts take over your life and have faith in your abilities, because you can! You have to believe in yourself when no one else does!
4. EXPLOIT OPPORTUNITY
“A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expands, I contract. When he contracts, I expand. And when there is an opportunity, I do not hit, it hits all by itself. ” – Bruce Lee
We need to become yes – people (almost). Say yes when you perceive these prompts. Say yes to new life. Say yes to experience. Don’t say yes to everything, though, saying yes to every opportunity will burn you out completely. Trust your gut, it will take you down the path that is right for you.
Read more on this topic at – How To Take Advantage of Opportunities in Your Life
5. BE CONFIDENT
“All of the time people come and say; ‘Hey Bruce, are you really that good?’ I say, ‘Well, if I tell you I’m good, probably you will say I’m boasting. But if I tell you I’m no good, you know I’m lying.’”
Confidence is the key to success in every area of life. If you are not confident, others won’t believe in you. And if you are not confident right now, don’t worry confidence can be learned, it comes with practice – the more you practice in a particular area the more confident you become!
6. BE LIKE WATER
“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into 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.”
It is the complete and unconditional acceptance of the self. Where the self itself melts and becomes formless, fluid and flexible. When you attain that state, you are water!
7. CREATE YOUR ART
“Though, Jeet Kune Do is not thousands, or even hundreds of years old, it started in around 1965 by a dedicated and intensified man called Bruce Lee. And my martial art is something that no serious martial artist can ignore.” – Bruce Lee
Jeet Kune Do, abbreviated JKD, is an eclectic and hybrid style fighting art heavily influenced by the philosophy of martial artist Bruce Lee, who founded the system in 1967, referred it as “non-classical”, suggesting that JKD is a form of Chinese Kung Fu, yet without form. What we can learn from Bruce Lee is that we can create our own art. Don’t be afraid to break the rules and to use your creativity!
8. COMMIT FEARLESSLY
“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.” – Bruce Lee
Focus on getting better and improving every single day. Step by step, day by day – but it requires commitment and if you don’t commit you won’t reach your full potential! So stay on track and grind every day.
9. DON’T THINK, FEEL
“Don’t think. FEEL. It’s like a finger pointing at the moon. Do not concentrate on the finger, or you will miss all of the heavenly glory.” – Bruce Lee
To think, you tend to examine. To feel, it’s more instinct. To feel, means to be aware. To think, means to asses. If you just feel you wont have any prejudices. Your culture and everything that your “world” has taught you is not in practice. Sometimes common sense is wrong. If you would just feel the situation (in fighting for example) you might come to a different conclusion than if you were to think. It means to be sensitive. To unlearn what you have learned. That’s why he said “don’t think, feel”.
10. TAKE ON THE BEST
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. – Bruce Lee
You are the only person that has control over your life and you hold the keys to success. You are the one in charge and you have the power to either make it or break it. You’ve probably heard countless times that you only have one life, one opportunity and that life is relatively short thus, you need to live to your fullest and while that is cliche it’s true. So don’t be afraid to dream big and as Bruce lee said – In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.
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