Once upon a time…
there was a man whose practice became the path to his truest self.
He created his own form of martial art called Jeet Kune Do a.k.a. the Way of the Intercepting Fist (daaaaamn). He popularised two-finger push ups and one-inch punches. He established martial arts schools and taught many and inspired millions. He became an icon in martial arts cinema, and his films changed the way the world looked at martial arts. Bruce Lee is arguably one of the most influential martial artists in history. Yet his legendary status is not something that he intended…
I had no intention, whatsoever, that what I was practising, and what I’m still practising now would lead to this. Martial art has a very, very deep meaning as far as my life is concerned…as an actor, as a martial artist, as a human being…all these I have learned from martial arts.
The man loved the practice. Loving the practice is not easy. It means loving the dirty, repetitive and difficult path that it takes to get there. THERE is so beautiful and easy to love. In THERE you’re a successful, powerful and formidable being who commands respect, possesses a Citadel-worth of knowledge and is a natural-born leader with the body of an underwear model…
Wake up. You’re not there.
Look around you. This is what HERE looks like. HERE is all you’ve got and all there is. Even when you get THERE, you will still be HERE.
Think about it:
A billionaire is still HERE.
A black belt in martial arts is still HERE.
A Nobel Prize winner is still HERE.
We are all still here.
Let that sink in. Deep.
There’s always more to learn, more to achieve, more to strive for. There’s always more. Come fully into the realization of where you are in this exact moment in your career, your health, your relationships, your goals…there’s work to be done.
That means early mornings and late nights, sweaty sessions, judgmental looks, mental fatigue, extra miles, graveyard shifts, intensive research, surplus effort, rejection and fear and failure and the reality of living far beyond your comfort zone. Look at it. Behold all that dirty, grimy and difficult about it. Then make love to it. Passionately.
That is your practice.