Perhaps one of the most inspirational figures of martial arts in the 20th century, Lee Jun-Fan, better known as Bruce Lee, a master martial artist and filmmaker held a philosophy aimed to extract the best of both martial arts and simplistic teachings.
Here are some of his best quotes, which we all should incorporate into our own training:
1. “Learning is never cumulative, it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end.”
You need to realize that you’re always a beginner, maintain that curiosity and excitability towards learning. Take experiences from opponents as new learning techniques,
2. “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
Don’t just see, don’t just feel, learn. Drill yourself every day to self-improve. Work towards your goals, and that means not sitting around idle, it means to get up and give 100% in everything you do.
3. “There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
There is no limit to what you’re capable of if you truly keep trying. Many times, you may feel that you’ve reached your cap and that this is where it all ends, but it could also just be that you’ve decided you’re not good enough to supersede where you currently are. Along with changing your mindset, you will achieve greater heights than you thought your body could ever handle.
4. “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”
You will often face unfamiliar situations and you may not know how to handle them. Learning how to adapt is a mindset you need to foster which will give you the calm advantage needed in any situation.
5. “In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”
There is no end named failure. The only opportunity is to learn from an outcome. What’s worse than failing? The answer is to not aim higher. Set goals and attain them, even when faced with multiple failures. Bruce Lee also said “Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.” & I truly cannot vouch for a more inspirational message.