Bruce-Lee-Simplicity-is-the-key-2-brillianceOne does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was not only a master at martial arts and an actor, he was a philosopher and a believer in constant never ending personal development and self discovery.

He followed a non rigorous structure in his life and his martial arts going against the grain of traditionalist martial arts styles and threw away the rule book. He chose to be like water to be in a constant state of flow, as water is able to adapt and form into its surroundings. This philosophy allowed him the freedom to be flexible and adaptable to any situation.


As mentioned in my last post on meeting Tim Ferriss, he spoke on his life lessons and one of them was of simplicity, he had too taken inspiration from Bruce Lee’s words. To remind him of the need to simplify his life, Tim placed a sword over the entry to his study with the word SIMPLIFY above it, serving as a daily reminder to ignore the noise and focus on the taking away rather than of the addition, Tim even dedicated a whole chapter titled Elimination which explores the art of simplicity.

Much the same as a sculptor works in shaping and carving a statue, they start with a large block of stone and chisel away at the inessentials until the truth of its creation is revealed without obstructions. Bruce Lee just as the sculptor chiselled, would hack away at the unessential in his life to achieve the height of cultivation.

Tim Ferris focuses on Time, Mobility and Income when starting a muse or business those are his goals and what he desires as an outcome or consequence. Bruce Lee aimed for perfection through the ruthless hacking away at the unnecessary a goal he knew he would never fully reach, but he also knew that failure whilst on the course to greatness is still better than achieving a less lofty target.

What can you remove from your life to make it more enjoyable, less stressful, more carefree and more beautiful? It could be habits, routine, people, material items, old methods or following the norm – while most are making their lives more complex, pause and head for simplicity as that is where greatness is found. As one of my action steps towards simplicity, I made a list of all the material items that no longer added value to my life, cluttered my home and my mind and sold them via ebay, it was liberating.

What action steps can you embark on right now to simplify and ultimately create a more rewarding and fulfilling life?

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away”. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery