Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick. Bruce Lee's words fall right into my soul. As an outdoor athlete, I'm moved by the individual who creates while in action and who strives for discipline to achieve. I'm no great follower, or disciple, but I focus as best I can on what matters - health, creativity, love, sexuality, spiritual light and darkness, internal power, physical and financial goals, success and shredding the f'ing gnar! The extraordinary characteristic of Lee is that he strove to succeed as the individual spirit, rather than community of souls - I'd argue a very Western trait. I'm humbled by the entrepreneurial spirit of Lee too - he strove for what he wanted and achieved a lot in his short life. But that's the genius in all of us: a power to perform as individuals, while helping our fellow humans win too.
A few of my favorite Bruce Lee quotes:
If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.
A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine.