What can we learn from Bruce Lee’s philosophical wisdom of Martial Arts and life in general?
As I have already pointed out in my post ‘Code of Conduct to Living: 4 Rules You Must Follow To Achieve Personal Growth’ we can learn much from his philosophical style ‘Jeet Kune Do’ in regards personal growth, overcoming obstacles and adapting to life’s changes.
Now we come to the subject of self-improvement which was something that Lee voraciously pursued everyday of his short life. Lee masochistically pushed his mind, body and spirit to their limits trying to achieve perfection itself.
The ambitious Lee took every opportunity daily to improve physically and mentally by participating in physical training, spiritual exercises, philosophical observation and reading every self-help book he could get his hands on.
Unfortunately, Bruce Lee died at the young age of 32, so we will never know if he would have realised all of his personal goals – but we still can.
In a fantastic post by a fellow blogger, Henrik Edberg lists down his own 7 favourite fundamentals from Bruce Lee’s wisdom that can help to inspire us towards improving important areas of ourselves.
Below is en excerpt from Henrik’s post on his blog ‘The Positivity Blog’,
“7. Be you.
“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”
Just being yourself is a hard thing to do. You may do it sometimes. And other times you may forget or fall back into old thought patterns. Or you may imitate someone else.
And that comes through too. And it may work.
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. It’s you to 100%. It’s 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. It’s you coming through on all channels of communication.
So I’m not saying: “yeah man, you should just be yourself because it’s the right thing to do etc.” I’m saying that I think being your authentic self – the one where you do little dividing, the one that needs little validation from others, the one where your ego is not running the show and trying to get something from someone – will give you better results and more satisfaction in your day to day life because you are in alignment with yourself. And because people really like genuine and people really like authenticity.”
Please take the time to read the rest of Henrik’s excellent and useful post ‘Bruce Lee’s Top 7 Fundamentals for Getting Your Life in Shape’, as it offers some great advice for getting you started in improving yourselves in life.
However, I’m not saying that by applying Lee’s fundamentals that you will all of a sudden become a philosophical, martial arts superstar overnight…but don’t let that stop you.