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BruceLeeNever-Before-SeenWritingon
Willpower,Emotion,Reaon,Memor,Imagination,
andConfidence
Youwillnevergetanmoreoutoflifethanouexpect.
Y M A R I A P O P O VA

AlthoughruceLee(Novemer27,1940Jul20,1973)iet

knownforhilegendarlegacinmartialartandfilm,hewa
alooneofthemotunderappreciatedphiloopherofthe
twentiethcentur,intrumentalinintroducingatern

traditiontoWeternaudience.Aphiloophmajorin

college,hefuedancientideawithhiowningularetho
informedtheinterectionofphicalandpchological
dicipline,themotfamoumanifetationofwhichihi
watermetaphorforreilience.

arlinhicareer,LeewatematicallidelinedHollwoodtudiotem,which

operatedwithextremeracialiaandtilluedwhiteactorinellowfacetoportraAian

characteraedonflattereotpe.Overandover,Leewatoldinnouncertaintermthat
whiteaudienceimplwouldntacceptanAianmanaaleadcharacterinamovie.

BruceLee(PhotographcourteoftheBruceLeeFoundation
archive)

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venwhenhefinallrokethroughandwacataalead,thetudiocontinuedtotreathim
aarainleroot,theretoentertainwithhikung-fukill.Whenthetriedtocutallthe

philoophoutofntertheDragonecauethewantedavacantlentertainingactionmovie,
Leerefuedtogoonetfortwoweek,initingthatthekung-fuandthephiloophwere

inextricalentwined,eachthevehiclefortheother.Hollwoodeventuallhadtorelentand
itwaprecielthephiloophicaldimenionthatrenderedthemoviejuteforethe
releaeofwhichLeemethiuntimeldeathaculturaliconandaeaconofracial

empowermentaociatedwiththelackPowermovement,lateracquiredtheLirarof
Congreaaculturall,hitoricall,oraetheticallignificantartifact.

Leeawphiloophaineparalefromeverdalife,jutaheawthemindaineparale

fromtheod,eachendoftheattercontantlchargingtheother.Herecordedhirigorou
workoutroutinealongidehiphiloophicalmeditation,whichheflehedoutinthecoure
ofliving.LikeOliverack,whocarriedanoteookeverwhere,Leealwahadatin23

pocketookwithhim,whichhefilledwitheverthingfromtrainingregimentothephone
numerofhipupil(whoincludedtraineelikeChuckNorriandteveMcQueen)to

poem,affirmation,andphiloophicalreflection.venhihandwriting,meticuloulneat
andmeauredtofitthetinpage,radiateLeeformidalediciplineandorderline.

BruceLee(PhotographcourteoftheBruceLeeFoundation
archive)

utperhapthemotnotaleportionofhipocketookordatimer,athewerecalled
werehiaffirmation,reminicentoftheruleofconductNoellaureateAndrGide

pennedinhiouthfuljournalandofartitugneDelacroixdiariticelf-counel.Inthee
notetohimelf,Leearticulatedhiperonalphiloophieaimedconcretelathiown

growthutreonatingwithuniverallapplicaleinightintoourcommonpcholog,
ehavior,andhumannature.

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WithpecialpermiionfromtheruceLeeetate,hereianexcluivelookateveralpage
fromhi1968pocketook,pennedhortleforeLeetwent-eighthirthda,each

trancriedelow,eginningwithNapoleonHillDailucceCreed,whichLeecopied
intohinoteook:

ArchivalmaterialwithexcluivepermiionfromtheBruceLee
Foundationarchive

WILLPOWR:
Recognizingthatthepowerofwillitheupremecourtoverallotherdepartmentofm
mind,Iwillexercieitdail,whenIneedtheurgetoactionforanpurpoe;andIwill
formHAITdeignedtoringthepowerofmwillintoactionatleatoncedail.
MOTION:
RealizingthatmemotionareothPOITIVandnegativeIwillformdailHAIT
whichwillencouragethedevelopmentofthePOITIVMOTION,andaidmein
convertingthenegativeemotionintoomeformofuefulaction.

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RAON:
Recognizingthatothmpoitive&negativeemotionmaedangerouiftheare
notcontrolledandguidedtodeiraleend,Iwillumitallmdeire,aimand

purpoetomfacultieofreaon,andIwilleguideditingivingexpreionto
thee.

IMAGINATION:
RecognizingtheneedforoundPLANandIDAfortheattainmentofmdeire,I
willdevelopmimaginationcallinguponitdailforhelpintheformationofm
plan.

MMORY:
Recognizingthevalueofanalertmemor,Iwillencourageminetoecomealert

takingcaretoimpreitclearlwithallthoughtIwihtorecall,andaociating
thoethoughtwithrelatedujectwhichImacalltomindfrequentl.
UCONCIOUMIND:
Recognizingtheinfluenceofmuconcioumindovermpowerofwill,Ihalltake
caretoumittoitaclearanddefinitepictureofmCLARPURPOinlifeandall

minorpurpoeleadingtommajorpurpoe,andIhallkeepthipictureCONTANTLY
FORmuconcioumindRPATINGITDAILY.
CONCINC:
Recognizingthatmemotionoftenerrintheirover-enthuiam,andmfacultof

reaonofteniwithoutthewarmthoffeelingthatineceartoenalemetocomine
juticewithmercinmjudgment,Iwillencouragemconciencetoguidemeato

whatiright&whatiwrong,utIwillneveretaidetheverdictitrender,nomatter
whatmaethecotofcarringthemout.

WhenLeefeltthathehadarrivedataparticularlignificantidea,hewroteitontheunlined
ackofaplain35linedellownotecard,whichheigned,almotlikeawillorperhapa
contractwithhimelf.Hewouldoftenrefineorcopreflectionfirtrecordedinhi

pocketookontothenotecardreervedforonlhifirmetconvictionanddeepet
dedication.

Whatmaketheaffirmationepeciallnotaleithatthefueancientphiloophicaland

piritualtradition(particularlZenuddhimideaaoutcharacter,theelf,andtheego),
quetionaleNewAgemagicalthinking,andhaitofmindwhichcontemporar

pchologhainceprovenfruitfulareminderthatourperonhoodiamahupofour

eraandourculture,withalltheirinherentknowledgeandignorance,anditithewawe
cominetheelementatourdipoalthatmakeuwhoweare.

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Youwillnevergetanmoreoutoflifethanouexpect
Keepourmindonthethingouwantandoffthoeoudont
Thinglivemovingandgaintrengthathego
eacalmeholderofwhatihappeningaroundou
Thereiadifferencea)theworld)ourreactiontoit
eawareofourconditioning!Dropanddiolveinnerlockage
Innertoouter~~~wetartdiolvingourattitudenotalteringoutercondition
eethatthereinoonetofight,onlanilluiontoeethrough
Noonecanhurtouunleouallowhimto
Inwardl,pchologicall,eanood

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IknowthatIhavetheailittoACHIVtheojectofmDFINITPURPOinlife;

thereforeIDMANDofmelfperitent,continuouactiontowarditattainment,andI
hereandnowpromietorenderuchaction.

IrealizetheDOMINATINGTHOUGHTofmmindwilleventuallreproduce

themelveinoutward,phicalaction,andgradualltranformthemelveinto

phicalrealit;thereforeIwillCONCNTRATmthoughtfor30min.dailuponthe
takofthinkingoftheperonIintendtoecome,therecreatinginmmindaclear
MNTALPICTUR.

Iknowthroughtheprincipleofautouggetion,andeirethatIPRITNTLYhold
willeventualleekexpreionthroughomepracticalmeanofattainingtheoject
ackofit;therefore,Iwilldevote10min.dailtoDMANDINGofmelfthe
developmentofLF-CONFIDNC.

IhaveclearlwrittendownadecriptionofmDFINITCHIFAIMinlife,andIwill
nevertoptringuntilIhallhavedevelopedufficientelf-confidenceforit
attainment.

ComplementwithLeeonthecrucialdifferenceetweenprideandelf-eteem,thentuneinto
theexcellentnewruceLeepodcat,inwhichLeedaughter,hannon,andcreativedirector
haronLeeunpackhiphiloophieanddicuhowtheaidingideaehindeachofhi

tenetappltovariouapectofourmodernlive.Youcanhelpkeephilegacalivewitha
donationtotheruceLeeFoundation.

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