Empty Your Mind, Be Formless. Shapeless, Like Water.

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Bruce Lee - Inspiration wtih Punches, Kicks, and Words

Finding inspiration from those that are the best at what they do is something I really do enjoy. It’s amazing that those out there that are truly passionate about what they do and can articulate it with ease and flair will forever be relevant.

Bruce Lee is one of those people. Here is a great roundup of some videos and quotes from a one of the best critical thinker, philosopher, fighter, and inspirational person of the last century. I believe wisdom from any art can be adapted to your advantage

Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.

Video Interview of Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee on the Individual

To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.

As you think, so shall you become.

If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.

It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.

All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.

To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.

The Unessential

In building a statue, a sculptor doesn’t keep adding clay to his subject. Actually, he keeps chiseling away at the inessentials until the truth of its creation is revealed without obstructions. Thus, contrary to other styles, being wise in Jeet Kune-Do doesn’t mean adding more; it means to minimize, in other words to hack away the unessential. It is not daily increase but daily decrease; hack away the unessential.

A Fight as in Life is Not Won by One Action

A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.

Forget about winning and losing; forget about pride and pain. Let your opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let him smash into your flesh and you fracture his bones; let him fracture your bones and you take his life. Do not be concerned with escaping safely – lay your life before him.