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Bruce Lee created Jeet Kune Do as a system of martial arts and philosophy. The basic philosophy of this system was to reduce movement and thought to just the essential actions. In Lee’s words, it’s to “Hack away at the unessential” because “the height of cultivation always runs on simplicity.”P
Lee constantly talked about efficiency, directness, and simplicity as being the “economy of motion.” In his martial arts, it was about reaching the target as quickly as possible with maximum force—or to put it another way—doing it quickly, correctly, and without a lot effort. P
From a productivity point of view this is one of the basic ideas Lifehacker is founded on. Lee talked a lot about what we talk about in simplicity, focusing on the essential, and minimalism. The easiest way to make something simple? Get rid of every extraneous parts until it’s just what you need. This isn’t just about what you already have either—Lee was fond of telling people to absorb what they found useful and discard everything else—which in a roundabout way is a good practice productivity systems, clutter, and life advice in general.
With any type of martial art, you need to pay attention to not only yourself, but what people are doing around you. For Lee, this awareness was a foundation for looking at yourself:P
Awareness is without choice, without demand, without anxiety; in that state of mind, there is perception. To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.
The idea that you should pay attention to how you interact with others isn’t just about martial arts, of course. It’s about all types of communication. From the office to yourrelationships, having the ability to study yourself and how you communicate will make you better at it than someone who only looks at themselves.
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