I recently received a presentation on coaching and training that included the above quote from Bruce Lee. As you can tell from the fact that you are reading this, I really like it. I did a little research and found some more of his teachings that I think are worthy of thought and discussion.
“A teacher, a really good sensei, is never a giver of “truth”; he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that the student must discover for himself. A good teacher, therefore, studies each student individually and encourages the student to explore himself, both internally and externally, until, ultimately, the student is integrated with his being.”
“Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.”
“Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.”
“When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity. The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition. If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow — you are not understanding yourself.”
“In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty.”
As a final thought on the topic, Lee apparently liked to quote the following Zen parable. I think this is as good a theme for this blog as any other quote I can think of.
A learned man once went to visit a Zen teacher to inquire about Zen. As the teacher talked, the learned man frequently interrupted to express his own opinion about this or that. Finally, the Zen teacher stopped talking and began to serve tea to the learned man. He poured the cup full, then kept pouring until the cup overflowed. “Stop,” said the learned man. “The cup is full, no more can be poured in.” “Like this cup, you are full of your own opinions,” replied the Zen teacher. “If you do not first empty your cup, how can you taste my cup of tea?”