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The philosophy that led Bruce Lee to achieve all his success


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Throughout his life, Lee Jun Fan, better known as Bruce Lee, had the taste and the opportunity to develop in the three fields that have always fascinated him: philosophy, martial arts and cinema. .

He appeared in the cinema for the first time since he was a baby, playing the roles of children and adolescents in several films in the following years. In the United States, he studied Eastern and Western philosophy and philosophers. He applied this knowledge to his martial arts, which he also practiced from childhood, and captured them in his fascinating cinematic work. No one else could better bring together and combine their passions than Bruce Lee.

He was convinced that doing what he was passionate about was what would ensure professional and financial success: “Money is indirect, direct is your ability or whatever you do on your own. If it works, indirect things also work ”.

Bruce Lee faithfully believed in his ideas and dreams which, along with his discipline in martial arts as well as his way of seeing the world, helped him get as far as he wanted. It is said that in one of his letters he “predicted” everything he would do and the success he would achieve, and even the dates when he would achieve his goals:

“I, Bruce Lee, will be America’s first highest paid Asian superstar. To achieve this, I will give the most exciting performances and give the best of myself as an actor. From 1970, I will have worldwide fame, and between that year and 1980, I will have raised 10 million dollars. I will live as I please and I will achieve inner harmony and happiness “

Not only has he become a millionaire for his films, the most successful of which is Operation Dragon (Enter the Dragon). He left a vast legacy which to this day continues to fascinate and help thousands of people around the world and, through his philosophy of winning by doing what you are passionate about, he continues to generate profits for his family and for his cause. It is estimated that in 2013 his family raised more than $ 7 million through the rights to his films, the exploitation of his image for various causes, series and films, as well as the sale of products alluding to his character via its official website.

Additionally, since 2019, HBO has produced a two-season series called Warrior, based on a writing by Bruce Lee from 50 years ago for a show he was not licensed to star in at the time.

Shannon Lee, his daughter, is currently in charge of the entire Bruce Lee Legacy, which includes the foundation that bears the martial artist’s name and which, according to her website, began as a movement to honor Bruce Lee’s philosophy and dedication to his craft and his life. Today, it has grown into a thriving non-profit organization that motivates people around the world to be the best version of themselves.

Since 2002, the Bruce Lee Foundation has provided financial support for students and families in the United States to attend college, trained underprivileged youth in martial arts, and established and ran the Bruce Summer Camp, where they teach martial arts to children.

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Father of martial arts or one of the pioneers?

Another part of his heritage was the Jeet kune, a martial arts system he created that translates from Cantonese to mean “the way of the intercepting fist.” Lee created his style of martial arts from disciplines as diverse as wing chun, boxing, judo, fencing, Muay Thai, etc. Therefore, he can even be considered, if not the father, then one of the pioneers of mixed martial arts (MMA).

Bruce Lee shared his knowledge with various actors, athletes and other public figures he trained who recognized the lessons he left them and who helped them to be better at what they have done.

“When a stone falls on the surface of the water, that stone drops a series of waves that spread out to cover the entire surface. This is exactly what will happen when I turn my ideas into real action “

This was another of Bruce Lee’s great ideas that he demonstrated through his legacy. Today, many martial arts schools in the United States and around the world have taken inspiration from both his philosophy and the style of fighting he created.

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