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bruce lee’s “definite chief aim”

03/14/13 , , , , , , ,

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for years, i’ve heard about the value of writing down your goals (part of it is for emphasis and to make them more tangible).  famed actor/martial artist bruce lee tries it out in a 1969 contract he made with himself, transcribed below by explore:

My Definite Chief Aim

I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in the United States. In return I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. Starting 1970 I will achieve world fame and from then onward till the end of 1980 I will have in my possession $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.

Bruce Lee

Jan. 1969

that he titled it his “definite chief aim” reminded me of an organization’s mission statement.  just as a company needs to define its purpose for itself and others, don’t we need to do the same for ourselves as individuals?

what is your “definite chief aim” in life?  if you haven’t already, take some time to write it out and think about what you need to do to make it happen.

bonus: watch bruce’s only remaining tv interview, recorded in 1971, below (via internet archive).  in it, he talks about what martial arts means to him, achieving his stated goal of becoming a super star, navigating his way between american and chinese cultures, etc.

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