Public speaking takeaways from Bruce Lee

The kung fu master kept a collection of 10 philosophical guidelines that presenters can follow in pursuing excellence.

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Martial arts require focus and discipline, and they align with ancient philosophies.

Even knowing that, I recently read with genuine surprise in Brain Pickings Weekly that kung fu master Bruce Lee was quite the philosopher and kept a notebook of his musings.

Lee had 10 principles that he strove to live by and which he kept in a journal for handy reference.

In reading them, I was struck by how helpful they would be for public speakers, as well as for kung fu practitioners of all levels. So here they are, annotated for speakers: the life lessons of Bruce Lee:

1. You will never get any more out of life than you expect . You must set your sights high. Just as in kung fu (I’m guessing), mastering the art of public speaking is contingent upon building on failure, but only if you set your standards high enough. You only get better by pushing yourself.

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