He was a martial artist, actor, teacher, and philosopher.
He is widely considered to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time.
He is often credited with helping change the way Asians were presented in American films.
He’s Bruce Lee and here are his Top 10 Rules for success.
Bruce Lee’s Rules
- Demonstrate Impressively
- Express Yourself
- Have Faith In Yourself
- Exploit Opportunity
- Be Confident
- Be Like Water
- Create Your Art
- Commit Fearlessly
- Don’t Think, Feel
- Take On The Best
Bruce Lee’s Top 10 Rules for Success
Rule #1: Demonstrate Impressively
In his video, Lee demonstrates some amazing martial arts moves and his incredible speed and dexterity.
Rule #2: Express Yourself
“You see, actually, I don’t teach Karate because I don’t believe in styles anymore. I mean, I don’t believe that there is such thing as like, Chinese way of fighting, or the Japanese way of fighting, or whatever way of fighting. Because, unless human being have three arms and four legs, we will have a different form of fighting. But basically we have only two hands and two feet. So styles tend to not only separate men, because they have their own doctrines, and then doctrines became thegospel truth that you can not change. But you do not have styles, you just say; here I am as a human being, how can I express myself, totally and completely? Now that way you won’t create a style, because style is a crystallization. That way it’s a process of continuing growth.”
Rule #3: Have Faith In Yourself
“When I look around, I always learn something. And that is to be always yourself, and to express yourself, to have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate him. Now that seems to me that that is the prevalent thing happening in Hong-Kong. Like they always copy mannerism, but they never start from the very root of his being, and that is how can I be me.”
Rule #4: Exploit Opportunity
“A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expands, I contract. When he contracts, I expand. And when there is an opportunity, I do not hit, it hits all by itself. ”
Rule #5: Be Confident
“All of the time people come and say; ‘Hey Bruce, are you really that good?’ I say, ‘Well, if I tell you I’m good, probably you will say I’m boasting. But if I tell you I’m no good, you know I’m lying.’”
Rule #6: Be Like Water
“I say empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in the teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
Rule #7: Create Your Art
“In case you have missed the recent news, Jeet Kune Do, of which I am the founder, has been elected, and accepted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame in America. This marks the first time a recently developed form of martial art is nationally accepted. Though, Jeet Kune Do is not thousands, or even hundreds of years old, it started in around 1965 by a dedicated and intensified man called Bruce Lee. And my martial art is something that no serious martial artist can ignore.”
Rule #8: Commit Fearlessly
“I have no fear of opponent in front of me. That I’m very self-sufficient. That they do not bother me. And that should I fight, should I do anything, I have made up my mind. And that’s it, you better kill me before.”
Rule #9: Don’t Think, Feel
Bruce Lee says to student in movie scene: “What was that? An exhibition? We need emotional content. Try again.”
Student tries it again:
Bruce Lee: “That’s it, how did that feel to you?”
Student: “Let me think.”
Bruce lightly slaps him: “Don’t think: feel. It is like a finger pointing the way to the Moon.”
Student concentrates on the finger, Bruce slaps him again: “Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.”
Rule #10: Take On The Best
Chuck Norris: Well, you know, everyone talks to me about Bruce Lee. Because Bruce Lee and I were very good friends, and we trained together for like three years, before he left for Hong Kong to pursue his movie career. And I didn’t hear anything from Bruce for like two years. Then out of the blue, Bruce calls me. He says, “I’ve done two movies in Hong Kong, and they are really successful. I want to do a movie now with a fight scene that everyone will remember. I want to do the fight scene in the Coliseum in Rome, and I want you to be my opponent.” At that time I held the world title, and kiddingly I said to Bruce, ”Well, who wins Bruce?” and he said, “I win. I’m the star of this movie.” And I said, “Oh, I see. You want to beat the world champion?” He said, “No, I don’t. I want to kill the world champion!”