‘Nuff Said

by Cam

Bruce had me up to three miles a day, really at a good pace. We’d run the three miles in twenty-one or twenty-two minutes. Just under eight minutes a mile. [Note: when running on his own in 1968, Lee would get his time down to six-and-a-half minutes per mile]. So this morning he said to me “We’re going to go five.” I said, “Bruce, I can’t go five. I’m a helluva lot older than you are, and I can’t do five.” He said, “When we get to three, we’ll shift gears and it’s only two more and you’ll do it.” I said “Okay, hell, I’ll go for it.” So we get to three, we go into the fourth mile and I’m okay for three or four minutes, and then I really begin to give out. I’m tired, my heart’s pounding, I can’t go any more and so I say to him, “Bruce if I run any more,” — and we’re still running — “if I run any more I’m liable to have a heart attack and die.” He said, “Then die.” It made me so mad that I went the full five miles. Afterward I went to the shower and then I wanted to talk to him about it. I said, you know, “Why did you say that?” He said, “Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.”

Thanks to David for sharing this with me.

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Cam Adair is a Motivational Speaker who dares you to live a life you're proud of. Watch his TEDx talks on Escaping Video Game Addiction and The Surprising Truth About Rejection. Follow him on Instagram. He is the Founder of Game Quitters, a support community for those who struggle with a gaming problem.

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Sanjar June 29, 2011 at 8:43 am

Wow! What an inspirational piece of information. Gotta print it out and read every morning after I wake up

Cameron July 3, 2011 at 12:19 am

Do it! I’m going to as well.

Galaxy April 22, 2017 at 8:13 am

This is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard. Only idiots who watched way too much DBZ anime as kids would believe such inspirational nonsense. Yes, human body has physical and mental limits, it cannot exceed. That’s scientific fact with realistic reasoning behind it.

And I find it funny, how Bruce Lee says things like that, yet there are hundreds of marines, policemen and soilders who exceeded his level by a long shot.

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