Bruce Lee is undoubtedly one of the greatest martial artist ever. He wasn’t born this way. He created this destiny by his daily actions. Below are 3 quotes by him that reflect what I want to share with you today.
“Don’t fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”
“Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.”
“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
You may have heard the following poem by Marianne Williamson (Watch the video below)
Not everyone may agree but my belief is that you have a responsibility to yourself, your society, and your legacy to be great. We all have the ability to be the best version of ourselves.
I know this may seem like a weird topic considering you are here at super-trainer. More often than not the trainers that are here tend to want to be at the top of their game. But are you really? This question is meant to have run a diagnostic and reflect on your purpose and ti see if your actions are matching what your words say.
No matter where you are in your career, which will continue to evolve if you are doing it right, you will always have to make a choice. Ask yourself, “Do I get uncomfortable and grow or do I get complacent?”
Recently I watched a movie called, “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”. If you have not seen it I highly recommend it. Here you get to see a sushi grand master chef who has perfected his craft daily. Now in his 80’s, Jiro has been working for over 70 years.
If you want to eat at his restaurant you need to make reservations 1 month in advance. I heard that because of this movie, now the waiting list is about 1 year. Talk about demand. By the way just to sit at his 10 seat restaurant starts at about 30,000 yen. That is almost $5,000 US. It is about 28 pieces of sushi you get. Seems pretty ridiculous for 28 pieces of sushi huh?
If you think it is ridiculous, then you don’t see what you are really paying for. Fish is a commodity but there is only 1 Jiro. You are paying for the exclusivity of being able to sit with the world’s greatest sushi chef. You get the experience of being present as a master creates magic just for you. Every detail is taken into consideration. Are you lefty or righty, male or female, size, where do you sit, etc?
At Jiro’s level of mastery, if you were to add up the hours that he has invested he is probably making minimum wage or less. It is not about the money. It is his passion or obsession if you will for the pursuit of excellence.
Now it is your turn. Are you going to be the Jiro in your city, state, nation?
Are you working diligently daily to learn and refine your craft like Jiro does? Do you dream of what you do? Does it wake you because there is a burning desire to create, to help, to serve others?
Are you becoming a master at your craft or are you a fagazy (Donnie Brasco reference), a pretender. Be excellent.
Mastery has 3 levels. Level 1 is apprenticeship, Level 2 is journeyman, Level 3 is mastery. Just to be clear I don’t consider myself a master but am striving for it. I am in the journeyman stage looking to take one step closer to mastery daily.
Malcom Gladwell in his NY Times bestseller “Outliers” shared that mastery is usually attained at 10,000 hours of practice. Bruce Lee said, “I do not fear a man that has practiced 10,000 kick once but a man that has practiced 1 kick 10,000 times.”
On February 1st and 2nd at the Weekend with Sam and Friends come out and meet masters like Brian Grasso, Dax Moy, Steve Cabral, Rob King, Pat Rigsby, Sam Bakhtiar and many more that have achieved the 10,000+ hours of mastery.
Not often do you get an opportunity to really meet and learn from some of the greats in our industry; masters at what they do. This is your opportunity. I feel humbled and honored to be able to share the stage with these giants.
Let me clarify that this is not some hero worship seminar. They are not gods to be worshiped but men that have had vision, focus, and discipline to achieve mastery. I encourage to go and question everything that is said by all the speakers and come to your own conclusion. The greats always do. As Bruce Lee famously said, “Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.”
Many blessings and I look forward to seeing you there.
Armando Cruz MSPT, CSCS
Lifestyle Physical Therapist & Transformation Coach