First- Bruce Lee…
You know Bruce Lee the movie star, but you may not know Bruce Lee the student of philosophy. Lee actually studied as a philosophy major in college.
“The less effort,
the faster and more powerful you will be.”
The problem with many of these short quotations is the temptation to turn them into fortune cookie sayings or t-shirt slogans. You’ve got to think about the context to fully understand the wisdom.
In this case Lee is borrowing from the ancient Taoist philosophers who understood that it was more efficient to work with nature than against it.
How often do you strain only to fall short of your goals?
However- this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work hard! How does the Master develop to the degree that a movement or skill looks and feels effortless?
It’s takes great effort to become effortless!
As you develop mastery, you produce more power with less input energy or effort. Now we’re talking about efficiency- reducing tension and “impedance.”
Practice sincerely and let go of wasted movement, extraneous thought and anything that impedes the smooth execution of action.
“Should I fight, should I do anything- I’ve made up my mind…
…and that’s it baby!”
This is Bruce Lee at his original best. Here you see the old soul combined with the modern man.
Bruce Lee expressed what I most wanted- unwavering self-confidence.
I so admire those with the steely resolve to make a decision and act without reservation. Sometimes this can get you into trouble, but in life as in the ring, as long as you’re moving you’re in the fight. More people lose life’s important fights because they’re afraid to step in the ring.
You don’t win any fight from ringside.
“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.”
I share this one with my martial arts classes at least a dozen times a week.
Look at it this way- anyone can acquire knowledge. Knowledge has never been more accessible.
Knowledge, however, does not make the Master. The Master is defined by skill…
…and the bridge between knowledge and skill is practice.
Knowledge is important, but the true Master knows that knowledge is useless unless it can be put into action. That takes practice.
Knowing 10,000 things is useless unless you can put your knowledge to work. Knowing one thing well and being able to apply your knowledge makes you most likely to succeed.
OK- can’t resist giving you a bonus. I don’t want to leave out one of my absolute favorites…
“Take things as they are.
Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.”
You think about that one and how it might apply in your life…and share your wisdom with the rest of us!
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