Bruce Lee is revered as a popular action-film actor, greatest martial artist, and an immortal cultural icon; but besides all of these, he is also remembered as a spiritually enlightened soul whose words of wisdom for shining brightly in life and living a successful life are highly moving, motivating and introspective. He evolved battling against consistent racial stereotypes believing in his instinctive urge for expansion and growth in life and putting no limits in front of his potential.
Here are some of his top tips to be a STAR in your chosen field.
“As you think, so shall you become”
We are the result of our thoughts; success follows those who act upon their ‘right’, ‘pure’ and ‘positive’ thoughts that determine the outcome. A single negative thought can devour your body’s flesh, consume mental strength and vigor and drive you insane. Watch your thoughts, they are as powerful as sunlight and as dangerous as poison.
“Don’t fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail”
All dreamers may not be winners but all winners are certainly big-dreamers who are not bothered of failure; failure that carries the seeds of greater reward. They are bothered of affording a low aim. People with low aim surrender their hopes and dreams to self-limiting beliefs and reside within the blinkered outlook of the life but people with great vision embrace failure with open arms and arise on their way to success. Demand for success and live for your dreams; let failures come and go.
“All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.”
Cast aside all fixed patterns that limit your true potential and try to restrict in the circle of illusion where you end up in your same starting point. Fixed pattern never works out neatly or clearly specially for those who desire to evolve with their distinctiveness they have dreamt of. so just create a pattern on your own. Innovative ideas are often found outside the box, which is why creative people feel uncomfortable in the small fixed patters. They struggle, stumble upon and face gruesome circumstances but come out at the end.
“If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo”
When you are fenced in by the skeleton of your rigid habits, you actually close yourself from all form of probability that could have been taken you to the era of freedom where you can move like water, respond like an echo, and withstand the storm where trees get uprooted. Break the underlying layer of rigidity in your personality to grow while letting things happen in their way and adjusting to them.
“If there is a God, he is within. You don’t ask God to give you things, you depend on God for your inner theme.”
God, in reality, is no external being who does magic (as most of us think) when you’re at your knees praying for you wish. It’s actually impossible to find HIM outside of yourself, even if you try for your whole life; therefore derive bliss within your inner-self. When you demand everything from none but yourself you accomplish every bit of things you’ve ever wished.
“There is one Supreme Ruler, the inmost Self of all beings, who makes His one form manifold. Eternal happiness belongs to the wise, who perceive Him within themselves – not to others.” Vedas
The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a pattern of systems.
A lifetime isn’t forever, it is to be felt to the fullest and explored to its full potential in your own interpretation; so, don’t adjust it in others’ concepts, squeeze it within any traditional or patterned ideas or discipline it in systems that don’t work for you.
“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
Doubters are the greatest destroyers of self esteem and self confidence, they fill your aspirations up with gibberish and debris by showing you how everything is theoretically impossible. Remember, there will be doubters, non-believers but there will always be you to prove them wrong by shining in the morning glow with your positive beliefs.
“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”
We all have 24 hours a day but what makes the difference is what we do with this precious time. If you are spending time sleeping or imaging something or doing funny stuffs, you are really not wasting time but if you are spending time looking for the key to happiness or worrying at something, then you really are. The time wasted never come back, so invest it in every possible means.
“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure and difficult one.”
Life is a series of punches and challenges and they will blow you off regardless of whether you wish for it or not. Difficulty or challenge is the passageway to engagement and improvement in life; therefore, develop the strength and vitality to endure and overcome them. The joy of overcoming difficulties is divine, don’t miss it.
“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”
You are born talented and gifted! It just is that you haven’t explored your true potential. If you’ve ever felt to copy someone (may be your role model), then take inspiration from how he/she dealt with difficulties, how they were strong and held their head high in front of struggles and overcome challenges. When you try to be the other version on someone, you will ultimately become Mr. NOBODY.