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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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                                        Last Updated on September 17, 2019

                                        10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

                                        10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

                                        Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

                                        But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

                                        Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

                                        1. Spend Time with Positive People

                                        If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

                                        Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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                                        2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

                                        When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

                                        Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

                                        3. Contribute to the Community

                                        One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

                                        Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

                                        4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

                                        Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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                                        5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

                                        You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

                                        If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

                                        There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

                                        6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

                                        It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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                                        Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

                                        7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

                                        Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

                                        For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

                                        Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

                                        8. Offer Compliments to Others

                                        Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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                                        9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

                                        If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

                                        Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

                                        10. Practice Self-Care

                                        Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

                                        Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

                                        Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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