Bruce Lee

Ik kwam dit artikel tegen en ik dacht dat het waard was om dit te delen. Het was de kracht van zijn verbeelding die hem op zulk een korte tijd gebracht heeft tot wat hij wou.

In 1969, verwachtte niemand dat een klein mager Aziaatje met een hoog piepstemmetje het zou brengen tot een van de grootste iconen van de 20ste eeuw.

Datzelfde jaar schreef Bruce Lee een brief naar zichzelf.

Ik laat je hem integraal lezen in het Engels…

My Definite Chief Aim

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.

Bruce Lee
Jan. 1969

4 jaar later was hij dood.

Maar in die 4 jaar had hij verwezenlijkt wat hij in zijn brief had neergepend en nog veel meer dan dat.

Op 32-jarige leeftijd had hij de filmwereld op zijn kop gezet en de Oosterse krijgskunst voor altijd veranderd.

Zijn brief overstroomt letterlijk van vertrouwen. maar waar kwam al dit vertrouwen vandaan?

Hetgeen volgt komt uit zijn boek ‘Letters of the Dragon and Striking Thoughts’ en die lichten een beetje een tipje van de sluier op.

Deze tekst werd geschreven 10 jaar voor zijn onverwachte dood toen hij student was aan de Washington Universiteit.

Probeer jezelf terwijl je leest een beeld te vormen van een typische 21jarige

‘Dear Pearl,

This letter is hard to understand. It contains my dreams and my ways of thinking, as a whole, you can call it my way of life. It will be rather confusing as it is difficult to write down exactly how I feel. Yet I want to write and let you know about it. I’ll do my best to write it clearly and I hope that you, too, will keep an open mind in this letter, and don’t arrive at any conclusions till you are finished.

There are two ways of making a good living, one is the result of hard working, and the other, the result of the imagination (requires work, too, of course). It is a fact that labor and thrift produce a competence, but fortune, in the sense of wealth, is the reward of the man who can think of something that hasn’t been thought of before. In every industry, in every profession, ideas are what America is looking for. Ideas have made America what she is, and one good idea will make a man what he wants to be.

One part of my life is gung fu. This art influences me greatly in the formation of my character and ideas. I practice gung fu as a physical culture, a form of mental training, a method of self-defense, and a way of life. Gung fu is the best of all martial art; yet the Chinese derivatives of judo and karate, which are only basics of gung fu, are flourishing all over the US. This so happens because no one has heard of this supreme art; also there are no competent instructors…I believe my long years of practice back up my title to become the first instructor of this movement. There are yet long years ahead of me to polish my techniques and character. My aim, therefore, is to establish a first Gung Fu Institute that will later spread out all over the US (I have set up a time limit of 10 to 15 years to complete the whole project). My reason in doing this is not the sole objective of making money. The motives are many and among them are: I like to let the world know about the greatness of this Chinese art; I enjoy teaching and helping people; I like to have a well-to-do home for my family; I like to originate something; and the last but yet one of the important is because gung fu is part of myself.

I know my idea is right, and therefore the results would be satisfactory. I don’t really worry about the reward, but to set in motion the machinery to achieve it. My contribution will be the measure of my reward and success.

Before he passed away, some asked the late Dr Charles P. Steimetz, the electrical genius, in his opinion “What branch of science would make the most progress in the next twenty-five years?” He paused and thought for several minutes then like a flash replied, “spiritual realization.” When a man comes to a conscious vital realization of those great spiritual forces within himself and begins to use those forces in science, in business and in life, his progress in the future will be unparalleled.

I feel I have this great creative and spiritual force within me that is greater than faith, greater than ambition, greater than confidence, greater than determination, greater than vision. It is all these combined. My brain becomes magnetized with this domination force which I hold in my hand.

When you drop a pebble into a pool of water, the pebble starts a series of ripples that expand until they encompass the whole pool. This is exactly what will happen when I give my ideas a definite plan of action. Right now, I can project my thoughts into the future, I can see ahead of me. I dream (remember that practical dreamers never quit). I may now own nothing but a little place down in basement, but once my imagination has got up to a full head of steam, I can see painted on a canvas of my mind a picture of a fine, big five or six story Gung Fu Institute with branches all over the States. I am not easily discouraged, readily visualize myself as overcoming obstacles, winning out over setbacks, achieving “impossible” objectives.

Whether it is the God-head or not, I feel this great force, this unstopped power, this dynamic something within me. This feeling defies description, and [there is] no experience with which this feeling may be compared. It is something like a strong emotion mixed with faith, but a lot stronger.

All in all, the goal of my planning and doing is to find the true meaning in life — peace of mind. I know that the sum of all the possessions I mentioned does not necessarily add up to peace of mind; however, it can be if I devote [my energy] to real accomplishment of self rather than neurotic combat. In order to achieve this peace of mind, the teaching of detachment of Taoism and Zen proved to be valuable….

Probably, people will say I’m too conscious of success. Well, I am not. You see, my will to do springs from the knowledge that I CAN DO. I’m only being natural, for there is no fear or doubt inside my mind.

Pearl, success comes to those who become success-conscious. If you don’t aim at an object, how the heck on earth do you think you can get it?

Warm regards,
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Wow. Hier kan wel een deel tekst gemarkeerd worden.

Wat mij vooral opviel waren volgende quotes:

Absoluut vertrouwen: Dit was zijn belangrijkste troef. Hij was zonder vrees of twijfel en daar had hij zich door de jaren heen mentaal en fysisch op getraind.

Beloning door je bijdrage aan de gemeenschap: Rijk worden is slechts het effect van miljoenen mensen te helpen. Je salaris of je invloed is geen einde op zich maar een maat om bij te dragen tot een betere wereld.

Een intens verlangen om je doel te bereiken: Hij noemde dit ‘de spirituele kracht’ Begin eerst met het ‘waarom van je doel’  te beantwoorden vooraleer je een antwoord wil op WAT je doel is. Dan wordt volgens hem alles veel eenvoudiger. Als je steeds maar grenzen ziet en plaatst zowel op fysiek vlak als op eender welk vlak zal dit ook zich gaan verspreiden tot in je werk en je leven.  Er zijn geen grenzen. Er zijn alleen maar plateaus waar je niet moet blijven op staan, maar ze gebruiken om verder hogerop te gaan.


Ik geef je nog ter overdenking het volgende citaat mee uit 1 van zijn laatste interviews…

“Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless like water. Now, you put water into a cup, it becomes a cup; put it into a teapot, it becomes a teapot. Now, water can flow, or crash. Be water my friend.” – Bruce Lee