my favorite hero, bruce lee
in a documentary about the life of bruce lee, his wife linda lee related a story about him. she spoke about how upset he was after he had won a contest. when she asked him – why are you upset?
he said,” because it took me three minutes to win”.
i don’t know about you but bruce lee must be one of those special people whose talent, intelligence and discipline know no limits. before there was protein shakes and electrical muscle stimulants, bruce lee had been experimenting with them.
my grandfather was bruce lee’s biggest fan. we watched his movies again and again ( although there were only four ) when i was young. it is only in recent times that i realized there was more to the man that his obsession to be the best fighter.
i have been reading his book jeet kune do after watching his documentary. now, i don’t think he was a just martial artist; he was possibly one of the finest philosophers in the 20th century.
i would to share some of his teachings and his thoughts with you. although i think it was written in the context of training one’s body, mind and soul. i think his teachings are very valid in how we should see the world today – especially in business.
” time means a lot to me because you see i am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing” – i see so many people and companies today developing habits and sticking to what they know best. this is wrong because the only thing that is constant is change. don’t be afraid of learning something new. also i feel that because i am asian, we have this phobia of telling people, no i do not know the answer. instead of dwelling on it, can we turn it around and say, let’s try and find out?
“when clans are formed, the people of a clan will hold their kind of martial arts as the only truth and do not dare to reform or improve it. thus they are confined in their own tiny world. their students become machines which imitate martial art forms” – i have this suspicion that the more regulated our education system becomes, the less we will see creativity in people. it is very sad that we think that educated people hold more validity in society. it is like as though we forgot that it takes many types of people to make a society work. some of the problems i foresee in the near future is the lack of food due to the shift of agrarian societies into knowledge based ones.
” the original founder of the style started out of hypothesis. but now it has become the gospel truth and people who go into that become of the product of it, that to me is not right” – i think it is high time that all of us question institutions and so called norms of society. let me give you an example of what i think is b***shit. we pick up our dog poo with plastic bags. shit is biodegradable and by putting it in a plastic bag, we totally f***ked it up.
” the true power of our skill is self-knowledge – the liberation of the self” – i believe that knowledge is the most fluid weapon one can arm themselves with. it is my personal agenda to learn everything even if sometimes i think it is not related to my work. we should discourage our children to learn something for the sake of an exam, instead we should infuse them with the joys of learning.
” style is concluding,established, solidified something. you cannot do that because you learn everyday as you grow on” – if you look at “blue chip companies” and if you really study their products and selling strategies, i would not surprise that we won’t see many of them in the next 20 – 30 years. a lot of them are just stuck and are too big for any rapid movements. i believe that companies should be kept small and ceos listen more and entertain investors less.
finally – my favorite bruce lee quote – ” be water my friend”. water has no form because when you have no form, you can then be all forms.