Like millions of people globally, I’m also a fan of Bruce Lee. Not only for his legendary physical feats but also for his rich philosophies and inspiring quotes. Therefore, I’ve decided to select my top 5 quotes from Bruce Lee that provides people with the necessary ingredients for successful living.
The quotes listed below are just some of the philosophies that I’ve personally used as an entrepreneur, consultant, and writer. Hopefully these quotes will also help to inspire, motivate, and encourage you to go after your dreams as well. So without further ado, let’s begin.
1. “Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own. Simplicity is the key to brilliance.”
The main message in this quote is that although it’s important to learn from others, you must also take action for yourself to discover what works and what doesn’t. Only then will you be able to create your own unique path to success. Remember, life is all about growth and evolution. To grow and evolve, people must be willing to experiment with new things to determine what true success means to them. Through trial and error, you’ll learn about what works and that keeping things simple is the most efficient, and effective, approach towards success.
2. “To hell with circumstances, I create opportunities .”
Rather than blaming others for their current situation in life, people must take control of their own lives. In the end, it’s up to you to create your own opportunities in life. To live your dream life, you must take the necessary actions to not only overcome negative situations in life but also use the lessons learned to create new positive opportunities. Don’t blame others if things don’t work out. Just learn from those mistakes and continue to move forward with no loss of enthusiasm towards achieving your goals and objectives.
3. “I fear not the man that practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man that practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
In this quote, Bruce Lee is stating that people should not be too scattered in life. Although doing so may allow you to be adequate at some things, you’ll never reach your full potential and be great at any one thing. Therefore, find your niche and follow your passion. Once determined, focus majority of your energy and practice on refining your art until it’s perfected. Similar to Bruce Lee who found his passion in martial arts, he continued to practice and perfect his craft by learning from other martial arts disciplines over the years, such as Wing Chung, prior to to creating his own unique martial arts style – Jeet Kune Do (The Way of The Intercepting Fist). So find what makes you happy and practice at it until you’re the best in that particular marketplace.
4. “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made of.”
We all know that life is short. That time is a precious commodity that we’ll all run out of sooner or later. So don’t waste your life doing things that you don’t love. Figure out what brings you joy and excitement and work towards your passion in life. As mentioned above, if you continue to practice and hone your craft, success will surely follow and you’ll be living a much more happy and fulfilling life.
5. “The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”
Most people would love an opportunity to live forever. Unfortunately, no one is physically immortal. Instead, most role models, icons, and legends live through their words of wisdom long after they’re gone from our physical world. Similar to Bruce Lee, who’s still helping millions of people globally with his words of wisdom that’s applicable to life, business, and success, people could work towards immortality by helping others, thus being remembered for making a positive difference in this world.
Hopefully the quotes listed above will help to inspire and motivate you towards achieving your passion and ambitions in life. Remember, it is your responsibility to create your own opportunities in life and pave your own unique path towards success.
So don’t waste your most precious asset, time, and start creating your dream life now!