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PhilosophersNotes
More Wisdom in Less Time

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THE BIG IDEAS
Don’t Waste Time
Not if you value life.

Striking Thoughts
Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living
BY BRUCE LEE · TUTTLE PUBLISHING © 2002 · 256 PAGES

Knowing Is Not Enough
We must apply.

Will-Power
Is the Supreme Court of the mind.

Letting the Spiritual Rise
Get aligned with it.

Adversity Is Beneficial
It’s a powerful teacher.

“Self-actualization is the important thing. And my personal message to people is that I hope they will go toward self-actualization rather than self-image actualization. I hope that they will search within themselves for honest selfexpression.” ~ Bruce Lee from Striking Thoughts Bruce Lee. The man. The myth. The legend. .. And, the Philosopher. In addition to being an iconic martial artist and actor, Bruce Lee was a passionate lover of wisdom. In this great book, Striking Thoughts, we get to take a peek at some of his thoughts on various subjects. In fact, to be precise, the book is packed with 825 Big Ideas on 72 different topics. :) In this Note, we’ll have fun exploring a few of my favorites. Hope you dig it. Let’s jump in!

Stepping Stones
vs. Stumbling blocks.

Dealing With Obstacles
It’s all in how you approach them.

Reading Is Mental Food
Eat up!

Aiming at Perfection
Knowing you’ll never hit it.

How Can I Be Me?
Super important question

There Is Only Self-Help
And we’re all self-made! :)

DON’T WASTE TIME
“Time means a lot to me because, you see, I, too, am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing and simplifying. If you love life don’t waste time, for time is what life is made

“Independent inquiry is needed in your search for truth, not dependence on anyone else’s view or a mere book.” ~ Bruce Lee

up of.” Do you love life? Then don’t waste time! :) Reminds me of Benjamin Franklin’s mojo: “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of.” And, it’s always a good idea to keep Aristotle’s wisdom in mind as well: “We live in deeds, not years; In thoughts not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs.” So, how are YOU wasting time these days? What’s the #1 thing you need to STOP doing so you don’t fritter any more of your life away in nonsense? Let’s actually take a moment and make this official! Because I value my life and know that time is the stuff it’s made of, I will stop doing this: ___ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ (For me, it’s limiting my Internet time—from constantly checking email + Facebook + Twitter,

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it’s shocking how much time I can waste mindlessly going back and forth throughout the day!!)

“Concentration is the ROOT of all the higher abilities in man.” ~ Bruce Lee

KNOWING IS NOT ENOUGH; WE MUST APPLY
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” This is a HUGE theme of all these Notes and Optimal Living 101. Knowing something is nice, but it means NOTHING if we don’t actually apply it to our lives. As we often say, THEORY (or knowing something) is RUDIMENTARY philosophy. PRACTICE (or actually living a truth) is the advanced stuff. Are you spending all your time in theory—simply talking about all the stuff you believe to be true? Or, are you focused on LIVING it? Vernon Howard puts it brilliantly in The Power of Your Supermind (see Notes): “You see, knowing the words is not the same thing as living the meaning. Suppose I memorize the printed instructions on a first-aid kit. Does that mean I can give first aid? No. The full meaning comes when I admit I know nothing and then try, practice, succeed.” Let’s take another moment for reflection. What’s the #1 thing you KNOW would be great for you to do but you just haven’t gotten yourself to make an essential part of...
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