I know you know Bruce Lee as an amazing martial artist and a movie star, but did you know that he was quite the philosopher, thinker, and writer as well.
I learned yesterday that Bruce Lee did a ton of writing. He would be quite the blogger today if he was still alive. He would spend a bunch of time writing. He would fill up pages of thoughts from his mind. He would write it all down and get all of this thoughts on paper. Then he would go and burn all of those pages that he had just spent all this time writing.
The idea is that he would get all of these ideas out of his head and on to paper – then burn it all away. Once burned away, he would free his mindspace of all of these random ideas and thoughts, and would then fill his mind with new and better ones. He burned the junk thoughts to make space for new, better ones.
He was about emptying his cup, and discarding the things that were not useful.
I really like that. It is helpful to define his identity. Getting rid of useless things helped him to become more him. That’s a great lesson for leadership. Well, for leaders that want to be fresh, dynamic, and innovative. Too many leaders stick to old ways and rules. It worked before – why wouldn’t it work again?