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19 Unmissable Inspiring Life Lessons From Bruce Lee

19 Unmissable Inspiring Life Lessons From Bruce Lee

 Many people know of Bruce Lee from his wide achievements in film and martial arts. Born in the United States, Bruce Lee’s family hailed from Hong Kong. Bruce Lee lived in both countries throughout his life, and was a student of nearly ten different styles of martial arts. Bruce Lee became a master martial artist, and even founded his own branch, named Jeet Kune Do. While this may be a lesser known area of martial arts, notable Jeet Kune Do students include Chuck Norris and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. His talents don’t stop there however, as Bruce Lee is often credited with changing the way Asians were portrayed in Western cinema. Not someone who only cultivated an air of high achievement, Bruce Lee really lived the lessons he sought to impart. The following quotes are some of the most mind blowing examples of this man’s true wisdom.

Keep Pushing Yourself

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    “There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.”

    In order to be successful, you must constantly challenge yourself and set new goals. In order to overcome some obstacles in life you must be determined enough to keep going no matter what.

    Stay Positive

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      “Choose the positive. — You have choice — you are master of your attitude — choose the POSITIVE, the CONSTRUCTIVE. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.”

      Be as optimistic as possible and you’ll find you can do more than you thought you could.

      Be True To Yourself

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        “In life, what more can you ask for than to be real? To fulfill one’s potential instead of wasting energy on [attempting to] actualize one’s dissipating image, which is not real and an expenditure of one’s vital energy. We have great work ahead of us, and it needs devotion and much, much energy. To grow, to discover, we need involvement, which is something I experience every day — sometimes good, sometimes frustrating. No matter what, you must let your inner light guide you out of the darkness.”

        All of us must put effort into growing a more functional society, whether in a distant country, or in our own communities.

        Cultivate Determination

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          “You must have complete determination. The worst opponent you can come across is one whose aim has become an obsession. For instance, if a man has decided that he is going to bite off your nose no matter what happens to him in the process, the chances are he will succeed in doing it. He may be severely beaten up, too, but that will not stop him from carrying out his objective. That is the real fighter.”

          Determination is a crucial skill on the road to success. Complete perseverance is sometimes required to reach them.

          Always Keep Growing

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            “There is no such thing as maturity. There is instead an ever-evolving process of maturing. Because when there is a maturity, there is a conclusion and a cessation. That’s the end. That’s when the coffin is closed.”

            A rich life is one that’s constantly open to new information and experiences. Once you cut yourself off to growth, you might as will be dead.

            Never Stop Educating Yourself

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              “Faith makes it possible to achieve that which man’s mind can conceive and believe. Even today, I dare not say that I have reached a state of achievement. I’m still learning, for learning is boundless.”

              In order to stay successful, one must always challenge themselves.

              Time Is Precious

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                “We all have time to spend or waste, and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.”

                The time we have on this earth is limited, and each of us should want to make the most of it. We can achieve great things if we seize the day and jump in.

                Live In The Moment

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                  “What is is more important than what should be.”

                  It is critical to accept your current circumstance in order to move on from them. If you obsess over what you should or would have done, you only waste time that could be used to find solutions.

                  Be The Best Version Of Yourself

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                    “Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”

                    Most effective people in life are those who “walk the walk.”

                    Failures Are Steps To Success

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                      “Don’t fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”

                      Failures are inevitable when trying new things. Failures are not permanent however, and failures should encourage you, because they show that you are in new territory. 

                      Always Move Forward

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                        “Walk on.”

                        You must keep challenging yourself and moving forward to truly reach your full potential.

                        There Are No Limits

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                          “Life is wide, limitless. There is no border, no frontier.”

                          Societal stigmas or popular opinions don’t really have any true power. Everyone deserves to have a chance to explore and discover what makes them happy.

                          Life Should Be Enjoyed

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                            “The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a pattern of systems.”

                            If you don’t fit into other peoples expectations, don’t be afraid. You can go after things that make you feel truly alive.

                            Reflect On Your Experiences

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                              “Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.”

                              Always try to learn from your experiences in life.

                              Be Proactive

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                                “Balance your thoughts with action. — If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

                                We need goals to achieve anything, however thinking about an idea too long prevents us from taking time to achieve it.

                                Be Flexible

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

                                  Sometimes the path to where you want to go isn’t the way you imagined it. However, if you remain flexible, you will always be able to move towards your goal.

                                  Change Starts On The Inside

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                                    “The change is from inner to outer. — We start by dissolving our attitude not by altering outer conditions.”

                                    Change starts from the inside, and we must utterly believe we can do something before we do it.

                                    Negativity Is Toxic

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                                      “Pessimism blunts the tools you need to succeed.”

                                      On the other hand, approaching life in a negative light makes it easy to walk away from challenges.

                                      Live Your Life

                                        “The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” 

                                        Don’t be afraid to pursue your real goals. Our time here is short, and living a fulfilling life is a better reward than anything else.

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                                        How to Say No When You Know You Say Yes Too Often

                                        How to Say No When You Know You Say Yes Too Often

                                        Do you say yes so often that you no longer feel that your own needs are being met? Are you wondering how to say no to people?

                                        For years, I was a serial people pleaser[1]. Known as someone who would step up, I would gladly make time, especially when it came to volunteering for certain causes. I proudly carried this role all through grade school, college, even through law school. For years, I thought saying “no” meant I would disappoint a good friend or someone I respected.

                                        But somewhere along the way, I noticed I wasn’t quite living my life. Instead, I seem to have created a schedule that was a strange combination of meeting the expectations of others, what I thought I should be doing, and some of what I actually wanted to do. The result? I had a packed schedule that left me overwhelmed and unfulfilled.

                                        It took a long while, but I learned the art of saying no. Saying no meant I no longer catered fully to everyone else’s needs and could make more room for what I really wanted to do. Instead of cramming too much in, I chose to pursue what really mattered. When that happened, I became a lot happier.

                                        And guess what? I hardly disappointed anyone.

                                        The Importance of Saying No

                                        When you learn the art of saying no, you begin to look at the world differently. Rather than seeing all of the things you could or should be doing (and aren’t doing), you start to look at how to say yes to what’s important.

                                        In other words, you aren’t just reacting to what life throws at you. You seek the opportunities that move you to where you want to be.

                                        Successful people aren’t afraid to say no. Oprah Winfrey, considered one of the most successful women in the world, confessed that it was much later in life when she learned how to say no. Even after she had become internationally famous, she felt she had to say yes to virtually everything.

                                        Being able to say no also helps you manage your time better.

                                        Warren Buffett views “no” as essential to his success. He said:

                                        “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”

                                        When I made “no” a part of my toolbox, I drove more of my own success, focusing on fewer things and doing them well.

                                        How We Are Pressured to Say Yes

                                        It’s no wonder a lot of us find it hard to say no.

                                        From an early age, we are conditioned to say yes. We said yes probably hundreds of times in order to graduate from high school and then get into college. We said yes to find work, to get a promotion, to find love and then yes again to stay in a relationship. We said yes to find and keep friends.

                                        We say yes because we feel good when we help someone, because it can seem like the right thing to do, because we think that is key to success, and because the request might come from someone who is hard to resist.

                                        And that’s not all. The pressure to say yes doesn’t just come from others. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves.

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                                        At work, we say yes because we compare ourselves to others who seem to be doing more than we are. Outside of work, we say yes because we are feeling bad that we aren’t doing enough to spend time with family or friends.

                                        The message, no matter where we turn, is nearly always, “You really could be doing more.” The result? When people ask us for our time, we are heavily conditioned to say yes.

                                        How Do You Say No Without Feeling Guilty?

                                        Deciding to add the word “no” to your toolbox is no small thing. Perhaps you already say no, but not as much as you would like. Maybe you have an instinct that if you were to learn the art of no that you could finally create more time for things you care about.

                                        But let’s be honest, using the word “no” doesn’t come easily for many people.

                                        3 Rules of Thumbs for Saying No

                                        1. You Need to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

                                        Let’s face it. It is hard to say no. Setting boundaries around your time, especially you haven’t done it much in the past, will feel awkward. Your comfort zone is “yes,” so it’s time to challenge that and step outside that.

                                        If you need help getting out of your comfort zone, check out this article.

                                        2. You Are the Air Traffic Controller of Your Time

                                        When you want to learn how to say no, remember that you are the only one who understands the demands for your time. Think about it: who else knows about all of the demands in your life? No one.

                                        Only you are at the center of all of these requests. You are the only one that understands what time you really have.

                                        3. Saying No Means Saying Yes to Something That Matters

                                        When we decide not to do something, it means we can say yes to something else that we may care more about. You have a unique opportunity to decide how you spend your precious time.

                                        6 Ways to Start Saying No

                                        Incorporating that little word “no” into your life can be transformational. Turning some things down will mean you can open doors to what really matters. Here are some essential tips to learn the art of no:

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                                        1. Check in With Your Obligation Meter

                                        One of the biggest challenges to saying no is a feeling of obligation. Do you feel you have a responsibility to say yes and worry that saying no will reflect poorly on you?

                                        Ask yourself whether you truly have the duty to say yes. Check your assumptions or beliefs about whether you carry the responsibility to say yes. Turn it around and instead ask what duty you owe to yourself.

                                        2. Resist the Fear of Missing out (FOMO)

                                        Do you have a fear of missing out (FOMO)? FOMO can follow us around in so many ways. At work, we volunteer our time because we fear we won’t move ahead. In our personal lives, we agree to join the crowd because of FOMO, even while we ourselves aren’t enjoying the fun.

                                        Check in with yourself. Are you saying yes because of FOMO or because you really want to say yes? More often than not, running after fear doesn’t make us feel better[2].

                                        3. Check Your Assumptions About What It Means to Say No

                                        Do you dread the reaction you will get if you say no? Often, we say yes because we worry about how others will respond or because of the consequences. We may be afraid to disappoint others or think we will lose their respect. We often forget how much we are disappointing ourselves along the way.

                                        Keep in mind that saying no can be exactly what is needed to send the right message that you have limited time. In the tips below, you will see how to communicate your no in a gentle and loving way.

                                        You might disappoint someone initially, but drawing a boundary can bring you the freedom you need so that you can give freely of yourself when you truly want to. And it will often help others have more respect for you and your boundaries, not less.

                                        4. When the Request Comes in, Sit on It

                                        Sometimes, when we are in the moment, we instinctively agree. The request might make sense at first. Or we typically have said yes to this request in the past.

                                        Give yourself a little time to reflect on whether you really have the time or can do the task properly. You may decide the best option is to say no. There is no harm in giving yourself the time to decide.

                                        5. Communicate Your “No” with Transparency and Kindness

                                        When you are ready to tell someone no, communicate your decision clearly. The message can be open and honest[3] to ensure the recipient that your reasons have to do with your limited time.

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                                          Resist the temptation not to respond or communicate all. But do not feel obligated to provide a lengthy account about why you are saying no.

                                          Clear communication with a short explanation is all that is needed. I have found it useful to tell people that I have many demands and need to be careful with how I allocate my time. I will sometimes say I really appreciate that they came to me and for them to check in again if the opportunity arises another time.

                                          6. Consider How to Use a Modified No

                                          If you are under pressure to say yes but want to say no, you may want to consider downgrading a “yes” to a “yes but…” as this will give you an opportunity to condition your agreement to what works best for you.

                                          Sometimes, the condition can be to do the task, but not in the time frame that was originally requested. Or perhaps you can do part of what has been asked.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Beginning right now, you can change how you respond to requests for your time. When the request comes in, take yourself off autopilot where you might normally say yes.

                                          Use the request as a way to draw a healthy boundary around your time. Pay particular attention to when you place certain demands on yourself.

                                          Try it now. Say no to a friend who continues to take advantage of your goodwill. Or, draw the line with a workaholic colleague and tell them you will complete the project, but not by working all weekend. You’ll find yourself much happier.

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                                          Reference

                                          [1] Science of People: 11 Expert Tips to Stop Being a People Pleaser and Start Doing You
                                          [2] Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Tips to Get Over Your FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out
                                          [3] Cooks Hill Counseling: 9 Healthy Ways to Say “No”

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