DAY 25 : BRUCE LEE’S BEST LIFE LESSONS
This is DAY 25 of the 30 DAYS OF DOING THINGS THAT I WAS ‘GONNA’ DO series.
Today I’ll be taking you through the life of Bruce Lee and what we all can learn from it:
Bruce Lee had been starring in films since he was 6 years old. His father was a renowned actor who always used to take him on the film sets. Growing up Bruce lee really developed an interest in dancing. But the post-war Hong Kong, where gangs were present in every area, was not the best environment. He was forced to fight the gangs often. Moreover, he always did like to fight due to which his classmates beat him one day.
In one fight, bruce took on the son of a popular gang member and to give the ability to their son to protect him, his parents enrolled him in a martial arts class. His street fighting continued and his violent nature was escalating. Seeing all this, his parents send him to US with his friends to escape this violence.
He settled in seattle and found a job of waiting tables at China Town.In his college, his friends and classmates started taking martial art classes from him due to the reputation that he had established. On the advice of his students, he started his own school and then used to charge people to learn from him. It is through this institute that he found his future wife, Linda Lee Cadwell.
Soon he was invited to perform at Ed parker's karate championship, he astonished the crowd with his one-inch punch. Despite of all this, he did not do well financially.
One week after the birth of his child, his father passed away. After attending the funeral, he came back to America, more determined to make his family proud.
One of the people in the audience who was a hollywood hairstylist recommended bruce lee to William Dozier, who was looking to start a new show called “The Green Hornet”.
But even after Green Hornet, he did not find work regularly, and soon, unable to find work as an actor, he started working as a fight coordinator in films.
On the advice of Charles Fitzsimons, the producer of The Green Hornet, Bruce lee started teaching people in their own homes. He attracted many popular students like Steve McQueen and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. and became a popular martial arts coach in hollywood.
Once he had also injured his back while training and the doctors told him that he will never be able to fight again. Instead bruce lee was even more determined when he recovered. He biked 15 miles, ran 3 miles, did a 100o kicks and 2000 punches a day to see what the human body can endure.
When he came back to Hong Kong, he was astonished to see that he had become a star there. Due to is newfound fame, he did several successful films in Hong Kong with most popular film producers of Asia
Soon he had conquered Asia, but still not satisfied, he wanted to take on the world.
While working with Raymond Chow he learned various aspects of filmmaking and could deliver better as an actor.
Unfortunately, while shooting for The Game of Death, he collapsed due to cerebral edema. Although he was perfectly fine after some time, another day, he felt a headache, yet again.
He went to sleep after taking a pill and never woke up. His brain got 13% bigger in size due to this disease and he passed away at an age of 32.
When he was about 28 years old, he wrote the following letter to himself:
I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in the United States. In return, I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. Starting 1970 I will achieve world fame and from then onward till the end of 1980 I will have in my possession $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.
He achieved everything at an age of 32. Everything that he hoped to achieve in ten years was achieved in mere 4 years and his net worth also exceeded $10,000,000.
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM HIS LIFE?
It Is clearly evident that Bruce lee knew that he would make it. He wrote the letter with complete certainty and from thereon, he started taking the actions to match his ambitions. He trained hard and never gave up. Whether its was the doctors, the producers or the audience, he never doubted himself and his ability to make it big in life as a martial arts legend and as an actor. His confidence helped him to achieve in four years what he aimed to achieve in 10 years.
Turning obstacles into stepping stones
When he was not able to make it early on in hollywood, he started as a martial arts coach. When doctors told him he could not fight, he started out even a tougher training regimen which is exhaustive even for a healthy person. He didn’t even think about his injured back or the dizziness he felt due to the cerebral edema and went on to train 7 days a week. Finally he got what he wanted in life and has left an indelible imprint in the entertainment and the martial arts world.
These were only some of the things that we can learn from the legend. He has taught us more than what can be written in any article.
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