This is one of Bruce Lee well-known quotations and for a great reason. Adjusting to conditions or your environment might be a key to your success. You are going to stay stagnant if you resist change or development. Water is concurrently the most adaptable and softest natural element; yet it has the strength unlike any other natural force. That second part essentially says that you just be discerning when you understand to be consistent, and should reveal force just when needed. This is virtually an expansion of the doctrine born out of Wing Chung and Kung Fu, that Lee loved so sincerely.
Bruce Lee’s Back Injury and Recovery
At the pinnacle of his career, Bruce Lee had began to dedicate himself in bringing his body to a physical state that was maximum. While performing ‘Good Morning’ face lifts (an exercise where you put a barbell across your shoulders and after that bend over at the hips), with the equivalent of his body weight at the time, he heard a loud pop.
He sought medical attention after being in constant pain for several days. The results were that he endured a serious spinal cord injury. He was ordered to rest, and the diagnosis was that he would not be able to further practice martial arts. Although this was terrible, and Lee was not released from back pain for the remaining part of his life, not only did he return to teaching and practicing his precious martial arts, he also continued making movies.
This is obviously the lesson that you can conquer apparently insurmountable challenges when you persist in the right way. Based on Bruce Lee himself: “As you believe, so shall you become.”
If you love life, don’t squander time, for time is what life consists of ~ Bruce Lee
After his back injury, naturally a rehabilitation period followed for Lee. The period was torturous for him, and he would be frequently seen reading a novel, but also working on 3 publications during this interval. He took each period of his life to its advantage, and a little known is the fact that during this time interval, he also conceptualized the hugely popular show “Kung Fu”. The television series followed a Kung Fu monk as he traveled the countryside and solved issues. The setting of the show was in the Wild West. But the next period would be bit tricky and slightly more difficult for him.
“You cannot force the Now. — But can you neither condemn nor justify and yet be extraordinarily alive as you walk on? You can never invite the wind, but you must leave the window open.”
After his break, he pursued with his performing career, but faced disappointments when he was not offered some new roles. After numerous procrastinated beginnings in L.A., he visited Hong Kong, but not with the explicit purpose of identifying an opportunity. Like water, he streamed and he stumbled upon the new opportunities. Whilst in Hong Kong, and after appearing on couple of talk shows, he found out that Hong Kong studios and producers were interested in him. Then, producer Raymond Chow approached him with two new filming proposals on behalf the Golden Harvest studio, and Lee would begin the filming of the renowned Fists of Fury movie first.
“To hell with circumstances; I create chances” ~ Bruce Lee
With both the new movies portraying still a less quality compared to what Lee was used to in the States, he was still observed as a tremendous success, both in the US and Hong Kong. Hollywood was anyway taking notice of Bruce Lee as observed him as a movie star. In 1972, Warner Bros film studio consented to a combined American – Hong Kong production for the release of Enter the Dragon. It would become the first combined effort between foreign production business and Hollywood. At the time of the deal, Lee was in the midst of filming The Game of Passing, that was put on hold, only to be later on conceptualized under the above mentioned title. Enter the Dragon was officially released in August 1973.