“Absorb what is useful, discard what is not…” BRUCE LEE
This is a well used quote that gets a lot of traction everywhere. It pops up in of course martial arts; but if you search more you will see it in many professions and studies. That actually brings up my point. Taking it a step further and searching for this is the PERFECT example. Putting in enough time in anything you want to accomplish will make a difference. This is the only thing that is missing in this quote and can be misleading at times. You see, to truly understand quotes like these we need to see the context surrounding them. It is like taking a “macro” photo of a beautiful flower. The flower is in focus but the background is all blurry. This arrangement doesn’t really give you any idea of details about the flower. Where does it exist? Is it wild or in someone’s yard? This comes up in the movie Enter the Dragon where Bruce Lee tells his young student to not focus on just his finger. If the student does, then he misses all that the finger points towards.
That takes me to the point my favorite English teacher in High School gave me. I read a lot of Bruce Lee material back then. He saw my drive, desire and passion in following Bruce Lee so he shared something really powerful with me. He said, if you want to really improve then you need to stop following Bruce Lee. I was like, “WHAT?” The next sentence that came out of his mouth changed my world! This saying or quote has been used by many philosophers throughout time…
“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise; seek what they sought.” Basho
He said I should start looking at “why” Bruce Lee did what he did. Discover his direction and motivation. Then use that to fuel me towards my goals in everything.
You see very few things are great at face value. Only when we scratch more than the surface do we find the true meaning and result. If you don’t think so, then bite into an orange. Not so tasty. Now peel the orange. Super juicy and yummy.