The penetrating look signified confidence. The no-nonsense attitude that made someone think twice, the courage to combat injustice, and above all, the well-chiseled and slender yet rock-solid physique.
Yes. We are talking about no one else but the legend himself – Bruce Lee!
Perhaps, for anyone who has tried his hand at martial arts, Bruce Lee is the supreme idol. However, Lee was much more than just an actor and a martial artist. Unfortunately, he is long gone. But his personality, struggle, and approach will always remain out-and-out learning for every entrepreneur.
Yes. Sounds interesting, isn’t it? So, why not explore the five things that every entrepreneur can learn from Lee.
5 Things Every New Entrepreneur can Learn from Bruce Lee
Entrepreneurship isn’t about taking and delivering orders and minting money. It is an approach that forms a part of your personality, gives your life a new direction, and prospers you as an individual. Bruce Lee wasn’t an entrepreneur. However, he carried an attitude that, had he been an entrepreneur, would have made him equally successful. So, what is it that makes Lee an institute for entrepreneurs?
1. Act in Time. Don’t Just Keep Thinking!
No doubt, venturing as an entrepreneur requires you to invest enough thought, but remember, only enough. People who overthink without complementing thoughts with appropriate action and decision never become entrepreneurs. They keep thinking while the world keeps moving ahead. Do not worry a lot about success and failures. They are integral to every business. What matters is starting as an entrepreneur!
2. Stiff Trees Break Easily. Stay Flexible
In business, people who don’t bend, break. So, the I-won’t-bend attitude does not work in business. You need to be flexible enough to explore opportunities, venture into new territories, and at times, and wherever appropriate, adjust to survive and thrive. Be like water, and learn to adapt. Of course, that doesn’t refer to giving up on ethics and agreeing to anything and everything that people say. However, some amount of flexibility certainly helps.
For instance, business isn’t just about money. But also about relationships. Although profit forms the objective of every business, sometimes, relationships take the front seat, and which is where you need to adjust. If you act stubborn with a long-running client who, for some reason, cannot pay you on time for a particular month, you may end up losing the client, and even worse, spoil your business relationship with him, perhaps forever.
3. Don’t Just Gain Knowledge. Transform into a Character
People with a lot of knowledge, but no credible character, aren’t reliable or as useful to anyone. So, don’t just focus on acquiring knowledge. Develop yourself into a character that’s honest, takes responsibility, and accepts mistakes. In other words, do not be a blame-gamer. Turn into a person of integrity.
Remember, a lot of people become entrepreneurs and even become wealthy with their own business strategies and tactics. However, very few become idols and characters that the world looks up to. So, it is up to you what you want to become – a forgettable and ordinary businessman or an inspiring entrepreneur.
4. Stay Humble. Be Helpful
Modesty, during successful spells, and resilience during seasons of failure are the two of the most significant signs of an entrepreneur. Do not let success get into your head. And, at the same time, do not let failure discourage and drown you in despair. Remember, success and failures are part and parcel of every business. Learn from them, and keep walking. Do not dwell on anything that makes you complacent in any way.
Besides, be helpful. Remember, you, too, had someone helping you to start and succeed as an entrepreneur. Now, it is time you do the same and help someone emerge. Consider helping someone as an opportunity to learn and a chance to give back something to the society that helped you reach the height you are at today.
5. Never Stop Trying
The approach that encourages you to try and never to give up signifies that you are a winner. Out of the ten new things that you try, you may succeed at only one or two. However, failure at rest shouldn’t deter you.
Additionally, while trying out something new, you may suffer a loss. But don’t let such scars discourage you. In fact, every scar is a sign that you had the courage to try and turn each one into a proud story to tell.
Business is an ever-evolving space. So keep trying, exploring, and learning. See what works for your business and what doesn’t. Develop perseverance that lets you thrive, regardless of competition, challenges, and complexities
These above aren’t just entrepreneurial lessons but factors that otherwise relate to life as well. And, these form some of the reasons that make Bruce Lee an unforgettable legend.