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5 Inspiring Bruce Lee Philosophies Applied on Entrepreneurship

Efficiency

Efficiency

Bruce Lee advocated efficiency in his teachings: How one allocates his time determines the extent of his productivity.

You should not spend countless hours trying to perfect a technique that has no place within your scope of capabilities or use in your system.

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Don’t fear failure

We should accept and embrace failure not as an enemy but as a teacher. Through failure, we learn to accept human frailty and realize that the journey to entrepreneurial success is not a straight line.

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the ability to act in the presence of fear.

Do not be restricted by forms

To be successful, your mind and body should have the ability to flow and adapt to any situation. 

There should be less rigidity and structure in strategy and more flexibility and mobility. 

Challenge your limits

We have to condition ourselves to move past our Glass Ceiling. 

We can do these through improved knowledge, increasing our personal bandwidth, experience, and accepting our inherent strengths and weaknesses.

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