Bruce Lee - the legendary martial artist - was a formidable character. His poise, skill and self control was embodied in his martial arts movies as well as his real-life persona. This quote from Bruce Lee illustrates his incredible focus and charisma during an interview on The Pierre Berton Show aired in 1971.
“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.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
Below I have included some of his other thought provoking quotes. As you will see, it was truly an exceptional mindset that set him apart and allowed him to reach immortality.
“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”
“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”
“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”
“Don't fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”
“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.”
I hope you were inspired by a truly unique human being who certainly pushed to reach the fullest of his human potential and believed that each person's uniqueness was it's most potent weapon.