What Tax Professionals Can Learn From Martial Arts Icon Bruce Lee

Kat Jennings -Motivational Inspirations

Bruce Lee was a great icon of the martial arts, actor and personal growth master. His philosophy is timeless, as is his approach to creating a better life. For him, there was only one direction — forward.

“If you always put limit[s] on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there — you must go beyond them.”

If you talk to any extreme endurance athlete, they will tell you emphatically that the key to success lies in their mind, not their bodies. Their bodies will succumb to the pain if and only if their minds allow it to. They will condition their minds as much as their bodies because they know if they allow a single thought of doubt or weakness, the game is over.

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

The most successful people are often not the smartest, because when you are “smart” you of course need to calculate, analyze and ponder before embarking on a new goal or tackling a project. Lee’s principle is more true today than when he said it.

“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”

There will always be 1,000 reasons why you can’t do something, or why you think it may not work. That’s easy. The greatest gift you can give yourself is to create more opportunities in every area of your life. Focus on what must be done to move your professional life forward.

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”

Think about the most successful people you know personally. Is there anything special about them? Probably not. What makes them unique is that they invested time, energy and focus in a particular area. Use your time to become the best in the world in that area. You can be average at 99 percent of your job, but if you excel at the right 1 percent you will be a superstar and will never have to worry about job security.

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

Invest your time and energy on tasks you can master. Don’t be all things to all people — that is a prescription for mediocrity. What’s the one area you can master? This is where you should start your 10,000 “kicks.”





As TaxConnections CEO, Kat Jennings founded the leading tax platform connecting tax professionals and taxpayers worldwide. TaxConnections blogs educate tax professionals and taxpayers on the impact of tax laws affecting citizens all over the world.

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One thought on “What Tax Professionals Can Learn From Martial Arts Icon Bruce Lee

  1. What Tax Professionals Can Learn From Martial Arts Icon Bruce Lee NOT TO DO: Bruce Lee died at a very young age because he had his sweat glands surgically removed so that he wouldn’t appear sweaty on TV. He died on a very hot day from overheating because his body could couldn’t do what everyone else’s bodies did – sweat. For me, this makes Bruce Lee a poor life-lesson example to emulate.

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