Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own – Bruce Lee

My favourite ever quote by a man who lived a too short but highly productive and successful life and, amongst many other things, was a brilliant philosopher/thinker.

So, what can we learn from this simple but powerful one liner and how can it help us?  Let us break it down:

Absorb What Is Useful:

Simple right, skim off the useful stuff!  In this day and age we are constantly bombarded with messages, emails, advertising, tweets (for the Twitter crowd) and general demands on our time.  With such busy flows coming our way we need to be selective about what we let in and how much notice we take of what is coming in. 

Discard What Is Useless

This is the next logical step.  Quite simply, if it’s not useful to us or doesn’t help us then maybe we should be throwing it out.

Apply this to everything in your life.  If it’s not useful to you or it doesn’t give you joy or support your goals in some way then maybe you don’t need it.  Get it out!

Add What Is Specifically Your Own

The challenging but fun part!  This is where you add your own twist.  Adding in your own experience/expertise/likes/drivers/wants etc to ensure whatever you end up with ends up serving you best.  After all you have to live your own life, no one else can live it for you.

So ponder the quote and see how you can apply it to your own lives.  I think if you do you’ll start to see many positive changes and it will give you a focused, more informed and clearer outlook.