Tao of Jeet Kune Do
Okay, so I have been spending a lot of time examining my life introspectively. Brandon James‘ previous post created a great paradigm shift in the way I look at the world. After I read that post, it was clear to me that I was spending a lot of time working on my outside world but not focusing on how my inside world (emotions, thoughts, beliefs) was forming my outside world.
And after reading Scott Stratten‘s post today, I had to write this. I follow fun. I do what I enjoy, so I was working on this blog instead of having fun with it, therefore the uninspired dry spell ensued. What a relief to find out that Scott Stratten thinks that blogs should only be used for meaningful content, not just frequent posts for the search engines to rank it well!
Okay let me get to what I really wanted to write about.
Bruce Lee is one of my favorite philosophers.
I want to share some of my favorite quotes and how they have altered my way of thinking about the world.
“All knowledge ultimately means self knowledge.” –Bruce Lee
I believe that everything is connected. And I’ve been meditating on the idea that how you do one thing is how you do everything. I have been procrastinating a lot on school projects, but I have found that I can get around this when I involve others, but recently with some introspection I have discovered that I just like to write about things as a way of processing ideas. When I am able to articulate something on paper that I was thinking about getting around to, I generally end up with a plan on paper, and then I just naturally roll into starting that project. The lack of clarity on how I want to do the thing causes the procrastinating.
If you are procrastinating on something begin it in an unthreatening way. For some people this is through mind-maps. For me, it’s through writing about how I am feeling about doing the project and then writing out the actual steps that I complete things, but others love mapping things out.
“When you’re talking about fighting as it is with no rules, well then baby you better train every part of your body.” -Bruce Lee
Sounds like a lesson I have been learning about business management from entrepreneurs that create businesses as a way of life. Train your body and mind like an Olympic athlete because this is your big game, the big game of life.
Are you going to show up for your big game without practicing and eating right? Train every part of your body.
The Following Are Quotes From Bruce Lee’s book Tao of Jeet Kune Do:
Art calls for mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul. -Bruce Lee
You are here to create. Only you should be in charge of making decisions for your life. Take counsel, but ultimately you must make the decisions based on your God-given intellect. I think living well is an art. Life is an art, and you are responsible for creating the masterpiece of your life. The mind is a paint brush, the canvass is the world. I’ve also heard it put this way. The mind is the rudder, the body is the ship. You decide your destination by steering your mind, moment by moment.
You are creating the masterpiece of your life, but remember that the tools are small. Pens, brushes, the mind, and lots of paper; they have the biggest impact.
All vague notions must fall before a pupil can call himself a master. -Bruce Lee
Don’t get away from a life of practice. Don’t get away from a life of play. Play around with ideas and things, and most of all practice at what you believe to be your calling (Your calling? Something that you would pay others to do.) Another great quote of Bruce’s that I am just going to paraphrase goes something like this: I fear not the man that has practiced a thousand kicks once, I fear the man that has practiced one kick a thousand times. I do not compare myself with others anymore. I compare myself with the image of my future self that I hold in my mind. You Are Unique. You Were Not Meant To Be A Carbon Copy. Don’t Be A Knock-Off; Be An Original (people pay more for an authentic original).
Do what you love, and be the best (IN YOUR EYES) at what you do in practice.
Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-consciousness. Freedom discovers man the moment he looses concern over what impression he is making or about to make. -Bruce Lee
Kick that ego and assume the consciousness of a child. A child plays and is not conscious of what others may be thinking of how she or he looks when playing. The child thoroughly enjoys their play and believes it is the most important thing at the moment.
Seek only to impress yourself. Create what is pleasing to you, and live with a sense that no one should care.
My Conclusion: What we are doing is on the page before us. It is truth.
About this great marketing phrase, “It’s not your fault…” That is a lie. You are the cause; your world is the effect, and only you decide what is true. Your beliefs form your world. Choose them wisely my friend. Lies lead to suffering. There is a lie going around that a government should take care of low income earners (that comment should upset some people). But, when those people sign up for welfare they have less incentive to develop themselves. Why should they acquire the skills to make more money when they can just work at McDonald’s and take the welfare supplement.
So, if you’re saying well this is just life…chance happens to us all. You need to take some time and look inward. What have you chose to believe about what you can accomplish? Who have you chose to associate with? How have you decided to treat your physical body? (Live from the inside out. Get your thoughts right (I borrow ideas about the world from inventors). Get your body right (exercise and eat right). Get your finances straight (choose a business or career that you love). Set up an ideal social life (choose people that have the same goals, interests, and philosophies). I have the personal mantra that I only go where I am celebrated.
Read a page from your life. In fact, read all the pages. Don’t blame others for the decisions you make. Make your own decisions and adjust (your sails) as necessary. And one more bit of advice. The past does not exist (don’t dwell on past failures or accomplishments), neither does the future (do not be unnecessarily optimistic) , you are what you are doing now (focus on adjusting your daily activities to create the life you want). Make your moments count.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about how the world works. So please share. These are my beliefs formed by my experiences. It came across horribly dogmatic, but that’s just because they are beliefs. I don’t even consider them opinions. The closer you get to truth the easier life becomes.