In a previous blog, I took the time to share some of Bruce Lee’s great philosophical quotes.
There are many and they span a wide range of subjects most dealing with thought and action.
In the 60’s when I first became a fan there was little known about the man that would single handedly change the way that the world would view the Chinese people.
His influence help so many of us to become confident and to believe in the possibility that sometimes good will win over evil.
It was this philosophy that would be the foundation of the man that that I was to become.
The roles that he (Bruce Lee) played were always that of a humble man that if provoked would metamorph into a killing machine.
Even in the television series “The Green Hornet” we have the humble house servant / butler, however once it was time to chase the bad guys his confidence was magnified.
All fighters have a philosophy:
Throughput history we have witnessed some of our greatest quotes spoken by Boxers, fighters and most athletes and historically “The Athlete” isn’t known for their brain.
Remember the phrase “Dumb Jock”…
This phrase was a stereotype based on the idea that athlete usually a football player or boxer hadn’t required a lot of “Brains” to perform.
The idea of a Martial Artist or a Boxer could know something about philosophy would be surprising.
But imagine a Boxer or Martial Artist being a philosopher.
We’ve seen the evolution of the fighters,even football players are authors.
But A Philosopher?
Bruce Lee is a “Philosopher:
As we have found our Doctors,Coaches and Lawyers to be more forthcoming about what takes place when an individual take countless “Hits” to the head we understand,at least a little why Football players and Boxers history and stories were written by someone else.
And with C.T.E being a real thing and a diagnosis a lot of athletes are choosing to leave the arena sooner rather than later.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease found in people who have had multiple head injuries. Symptoms may include behavioral problems, mood problems, and problems with thinking. This typically does not begin until years after the injuries. It often gets worse over time and can result in dementia. It is unclear if the risk of suicide is altered. Wikipedia.com
One of the greatest athletes of my day was Muhammad Ali, and when we think of his impact on Boxing,Branding and Self Promotion we see the evolution or algorithm of what we now call “Superstar “
Here are some of his (Muhammad Ali) quotes:
“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”
“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.” http://www.goodreads.com
There are too many to count.
There are so many stories about what happened to Ali and far be he from me to add my two cents.
One if the stories that I heard a lot was the CTE story that is now that it has become an actual diagnosis.
( Years ago we referred as taking to many guys to the head) or being “Punch Drunk”
Do you ever wonder like I do, why it takes science so long to catch up?
I mentioned Mohammud Ali because I’d read several magazine articles about him( Bruce Lee) being a fan of Ali.
Even having the mirror placed in a position to practice certain dance moves (Known as the Ali shuffle) from his television.
You may have observed the moves in both Fist Of Fury ( The Chinese Connection) and The Way Of The Dragon (Return Of The Dragon)
As a former ChaCha Champion dancing was very easy for Bruce Lee.
Bruce Lee was a student of philosophy at the University Of Washington in Seattle where he pursued a degree.
After becoming a movie star He (Bruce Lee) discontinued his studies however produced a litany Of articles and quotes as part of his rich legacy.
Words Of The Dragon:
Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own.
– Bruce Lee- http://www.goalcast.com
When I was very young the Older folks would say “Eat the meat and throw away the bones”
There are many teachers and there is in these times of social media and news cycles that create confusion about who we should be listening to.
There are strong words and messages of encouragement that may come from any number of people.
We must learn to separate the message from the messenger.
Eat the meat and throw away the bone.
Absorb what is useful,and discard what is useless.
It is in this moment that we grow into ourselves and find our bliss.