Written by Lak Loi
On 6th June 1971, Bruce Lee wrote a letter to Larry Hartsell, one of Bruce’s Jeet Kune Do students who went on to develop the Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Grappling system. Larry must have been suffering from a hip injury at the time, as Bruce wrote: –
Dear Larry, How’s your hip? I hope you’re taking care of yourself. I’ll be doing a TV show the end of this month. The show is called Longstreet. a new TV series for this coming fall. The episode I’ll be in is titled “The Way of the Intercepting Fist.” Nothing new developed with Silent Flute – it’s a matter of time. Am in the process of creating a new TV series based on martial art, hope it will turn out – will let you know. I’ll be on the cover of the next issue of Black Belt. Read it, you might find it interesting. I’ve never met your family but do give them my best regards. Take care my friend, Bruce Lee
Within this letter, Bruce enclosed one of his favourite motivational poems, one that praised the power of positive thinking in the face of adversity. It was enclosed as a motivational tool to strengthen his friend’s will to recover.
The poem goes: –If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don’t. If you like to win, but think you can’t, It’s almost certain, you won’t. If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost For out of the world we find Success BEGINS with a fellow’s WILL- It’s all in the state of mind. If you think you’re outclassed, you are. You’ve got to think high to rise, You’ve got to be sure of yourself before You can ever win a prize. Life’s battles don’t always go To the stronger or faster man, But soon or late the man who wins Is the man who thinks he can!
[Bruce Lee, Artist of Life, Page 258-259, Edited by John Little, Tuttle Publishing]
I wanted to share with you that this poem was written by one of the most famous success authors that ever graced Planet Earth, namely Napoleon Hill. This poem appeared in Hill’s most famous work, a book called Think & Grow Rich (1937), which became a best-seller during Hill’s time, selling over 20 million copies by Hill’s passing in November 1970, and still is an all-time bestseller in the field today. Hill became an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933-1936, and is famously known for his quote: –
“What the mind of a man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches.”
Hill’s library of educational materials are a must read for anyone that wants to acquire financial wealth and the true riches in life.
Make your New Years resolution to… Think & grow rich my friend!