OF BRUCE LEE
At the Bruce Lee Educational Foundation we respect the role
that ideas have taken in shaping history - for better and for worse. Good
ideas beget good achievement - but great ideas beget great achievement. Bruce
Lee's teachings reveal to us the importance of using our own minds and
independent judgment - not only in the realm of art but in all aspects of life
(since all knowledge is interconnected) - to formulate and follow through on
realizing our ideas for growth and personal and/or corporate prosperity.
Bruce Lee held that it was man's mind - the
creative faculty - that separates our species from all other
life forms. Consequently, it was only when man applied his
defining attribute to life issues that he would be
envisioning and fulfilling his goals and realizing his
ambitions. A successful society, then, is one in which man's
creativity is allowed to flourish, thereby allowing new
approaches to situations to manifest, new directions to be
explored and new data to be integrated into our existing
knowledge banks. The Bruce Lee Educational Foundation takes
ideas seriously for ideas are a man's defining attribute -
allowing him to create his future and to define his own
existence - rather than have to simply follow the herd or
live the same day over and over again for the rest of his
life. And, by extension, ideas are a touchstone of a
nation's potential for success.
As Bruce Lee pointed out, the reason that America was as
successful as she is, was because of the value she placed on
the role of ideas of her citizens.
"It is a fact that labor
and thrift produce a competence, but fortune, in the sense of
wealth, is the reward of the man who can think of something
that hasn't been thought of before.
In every industry, in
every profession, ideas are what America is looking for.
Ideas have made America what she is, and one good idea will
make a man what he wants to be."
Ideas, in other words, define a man and, by
extension, define the society and country in which he lives.