Finally read Bruce Lee's biography (by Bruce Thomas)- Like most other exceptionally productive people everything Bruce accomplished was premeditated, intentional, with persistence through great obstacles and hard times. He was a ravenous reader and subscribed to "Think and Grow Rich" style goal setting and affirmations. In 1969 he wrote his "Chief Perrsonal Aim" to be the top oriental movie star and make $10 million (Arnold Schwarzenegger later bought this piece of paper to put up in Planet Hollywood). By 1972 it was done- he became the first Asian superstar to break into Hollywood with Enter the Dragon which grossed over $200 million. Ultimately it seems to be his own intensity which killed him before his final film was released- he began neglecting sleep to work all night on his movies. Maybe bad luck, maybe he worked himself to death, as he seems to have predicted- "...if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level." His legend lives on, as a transcendant star, granddaddy of mma, and philosopher. Few more nuggets-
Mastery- "It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential"
Fexibility- "You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip... or it can crash! Be like water my friend"
Goal setting- "A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at." Making it happen- "To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities." Self expression- "Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it." On life after death- "The key to immortality is 1st living a life worth remembering"
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