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Blaze Your Own Trail!


Bruce Lee had an indelible impact on both the martial arts world and the film world. Sometimes referred to as "the Galileo of martial arts," Lee challenged the status quo, broke down centuries of tradition and classicalism, and changed the way people viewed martial arts and martial art trainng. As an actor, writer, producer, director, and stunt action choreographer, he changed the face of action films. In order to achieve such lofty goals, Lee understood that he could not simply follow a path that had already been set by someone else, but instead had to blaze his own trail in the world. And to do that he had to be his own story.

Every day, if you look about, you can see people walking around who are obviously attempting to copy or imitate someone who has achieved some level of notoriety or celelbrity; be it an actor, musical artist, athlete, business tycoon, or politician. Some of these peole literally attempt to become "clones" of their chosen celebrity. They adopt the ways or mannerisms of the person as their own. They wear the same type of clothes, copy the person's gestures, imitate their facial exxpressions, the way they walk, even the way they talk. They may even adopt the celebrity's point of view ir opinions about certain things as their own. However the person they have built is nothing more than a facade, and they end up becoming nothing more than a one-dimensional cardboard cutout, a copy.

If you want to blaze your own trail, must choose to be your own story. You need to understand and recognize that no one's life is as important to you as your own. You are a unique individual, and the success of another is irrelevant to you, because they are not YOU. It's not about following in someone else's footsteps or trying to be somebody you're not. It's not a question of "being like Bruce Lee" or "being like so-and-so" that is important to your self-actualization, but in being yourself. It's about unleashing the best version of yourself. The world doesn't need more "copiers." Your goal should not be to become someone else (which is actually an impossibility) but rather to become youe "self" in the truest sense of the word, to discover your own voice, your own point of view.

There is nothing egotistical about insisting on being your own stroy. Being unique is the one thing we share with every other individual. No other pserson's story will suit you as well as your own. Marthat Graham, one of the greatest dancers and choreographers of the 20th century, wrote --

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it wil be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open."

Don't attempt to adopt someone else's story for you as your own, no matter how fantastic or grand it might seem to be. Be an original, not a copy. Create your own life. Be your own story and blaze your own trail in this world!


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