In this article, I am going to tell you how the bruce lee philosophy completely changed my life for the best.
I was 7 years old and still, I didn’t know a word of English when I bought some Italian versions of his books!
I was fascinated by martial arts and I remember that day when I have invested the cinquemila lire of the pocket money my grandmother was giving me once in a while in a few Bruce Lee books.
Today I am 30 years old, 23 years passed and I have found those books on some shelves.
I have mentioned many times that my thoughts and ideas are changing all the time, I don’t know if I am bipolar or just a genius.
But something that struck me in the deep today was the fact that the thoughts and aphorisms that I have highlighted at the age of 7 on these books, still, they are what makes the foundation of my personality and way of thinking.
There is not even one single quote or thought on that book that I don’t agree and that doesn’t make me think and I get extremely fascinated about.
I think that you should give your kids these books to read at their young age, the Bruce Lee philosophy will make them awesome.
Who Is Bruce Lee?
Bruce Lee was very lucky to be born in San Francisco, CA while his father was traveling there from China.
He was born in the year 1940 which is according to the Chinese calendar the year of the dragon.
He moved back to China where he grew up with his Chinese name of Jun-fan which literally means “return again.
The Chinese culture and wisdom are still fascinating to me, and probably, his father had his destiny already clear in mind.
Having an American citizenship back in the days when the American dream was booming it was definitely an advantage.
But I don’t believe in luck and what happened to Bruce was a mix of circumstances and love for something that he dedicated his life for.
After having dedicated all of his youth to martial arts and spending time with the wisest teachers in China he decided to go back to the United States at the age of 18.
He then created the biggest martial arts empire in the world! And he became the most recognized figure in martial arts.
Something that not everyone knows is that he was one of the wisest men ever existed and the Bruce Lee philosophy is simple and direct like his kicks.
Why The Bruce Lee Philosophy Is So Awesome
There is nothing better to explain things than giving you practical examples. I will list some of his quotes that are absolutely mind-blowing for their directness and truth that they have inside.
You can read some here:
But honestly, there are many more and better ones in his book. This is the book that changed my life and this is an Italian translation of ‘Bruce Lee Striking Thoughts‘.
The book mentioned before starts like this:
“A book for free spirits“.
I had no idea that I was a free spirit when I was 7 years old, I didn’t even know what a free spirit was, I was just a kid.
This is something I have discovered lately and now, I realize that probably without that book I would not be what I am right now.
I would not value freedom more than money, and probably I would not be a simple person that always tries to be different and unique.
This book is made of quotes only, and these quotes are most of the time very short but they mean so much.
Bruce Lee Quotes I Love
The possession of anything begins in the mind.
A man is literally what he thinks.
The intelligent mind, is a curious mind that is not satisfied by the explanations nor by the conclusions and does not abandon itself to the faith, because faith is also another form of conclusion.
Only now I realize that I have the power to govern my mind and it is this power that creates the circumstances.
knowledge – the memory of previously learned concepts.
If you limit yourself to looking without judging the wonder is in observing.
People often ask me: “Bruce are you really so good?”. and I answer: “Well, if I tell you I’m good, you’ll probably think I’m boasting, if I tell you I’m not, you’ll think I’m lying.” I have the absolute certainty of not being a number two but I also have enough confidence to realize that there can not be a number one.
Logic consists solely of declarative propositions, that is to say, sentences used to make statements only relative to the world.
To be absolutely honest, in truth, I do not believe in God. if there is god it is within us. You must not ask God to give you material things, because he guides your inner life.
Happiness is good for the body, but pain strengthens the spirit.
I do not drink and I do not smoke because often such activities are nonsensical.
The poorer we are inwardly the more we try to enrich ourselves externally.
Anxiety is useless if we do not turn it into a defense.
There was a very good butcher who used the same knife year after year. When someone asked him how the knife could still be so affiliated he replied: “I follow the line of the hard bone, I do not try to cut it or split it, it would win”. Trying to face the obstacles in front of you would only destroy you, you have to follow the line of the bone that sharpens the knife instead of destroying it.
Reading interesting books constitutes the food of the mind.
It’s really difficult to communicate with simplicity.
How Bruce Lee Changed My Life
As a 7 years old kid highlighting his quotes and thinking about what he wanted to say at that age I can tell you that most of my thoughts come from the Bruce Lee philosophy that I had read many years ago.
I strongly suggest you buy the book ‘striking thoughts‘ by Bruce Lee. It is condensed of useful quotes that will make you a better person.
As a minimalist, you aim to become a simple person and to reduce the useless words to the ones that really mean something.
There is no one else I know apart from Bruce Lee that was able to say in a few words what other people would say in entire volumes.
Bruce Lee was a minimalist and a person that didn’t like to waste time. He knew the value of time and how important is to be a free man in life.
He knew that the material possessions are absolutely worthless if you don’t have wisdom. The value of time and working for something you love is what Bruce teaches you.
His life was a battle like the one of anyone else I know! He was fighting with bare hands and you might fight with your thoughts. Losing a battle doesn’t necessarily mean to lose in life.
You need to understand that loosing and imperfections are the things that are going to make you a better person.
The Best Bruce Lee Books
Bruce Lee Striking Thoughts
I really like this book because it is just a list of the best quotes and thoughts and aphorism of Bruce Lee. It is not written from him but these are all the thoughts and quotes that he wrote down in his notebooks.
I have OneNote to write down my thoughts but Bruce didn’t have OneNote back in the days.
He was a curious writer of his thoughts and he was analyzing the world the same way I do and you should do as well.
This book will teach you so much and you should give it to your kids so that they can build a strong and deep foundation in this world.
Bruce Lee Tao Of Jeet Kune Do
This book is not only a martial arts book, you will find drawings and sketches of his martial art called jeet kune do.
But you will also find serious thoughts and a very intense Bruce Lee philosophy of life.
It is interesting to see how a passion for something you love in life can attract people to you and can change the way you live your life.
He wrote this book all based on how the jeet kune do and life are so strictly related. Like Jesus Christ that created a religion that people believe in, his religion was the jeet kune do.
This is a way of living life and not only a martial art. Of course, you don’t have to follow any religion in life, because as he said before God is only you and you don’t have to believe in any religion.
So read this book if you want to see how you can transfer any of your passions into a sort of religion for you or someone else interested in the same thing.
Bruce Lee Dragon
In the movie, the actor is not Bruce Lee, but in 1 hour or so you will see something about the Bruce Lee life.
It is like a biography written by Linda Lee which was his wife. It is a good movie but actually, a lot of insights and good stuff is only written in the book.
But still, if you are interested in knowing more of the Bruce Lee life read this very cool biography named ‘Dragon‘.
The picture is from my Italian Book when I was a kid.
Bruce Lee Store
If you are more into material things or gadgets you should definitely check out the Bruce Lee store. You will find shoes, hoodies, t-shirts, pants, gadget all about Bruce Lee.
There will be stickers and any kind of Bruce Lee related thing that you might wanna own. You will be able to find also all the books mentioned above and other books and his movies and everything.
I was privileged in life because I read some of the Bruce Lee books when I was a kid. I was fascinated by martial arts in the first place but then I have discovered something more.
I have discovered the Bruce Lee philosophy and how to be more mature than normal humans.
You might find the same thing I have found in him with religion or simply a good emotion that happened to you in your life.
What happened to me is that 23 years later reading the quotes I have highlighted in that book when I was 7 years old it was like the 23 years didn’t pass.
I still think the same about these quotes and I practice day after days the thoughts written in there. You can read down below one of the most famous Bruce Lee philosophy quotes.
Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot.
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