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 $10,000,00. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.


January 1969


Above were the words martial arts master Bruce Lee wrote to himself as a reminder of what he wanted in life. Yes, this right here was his to-do list. All of which he completed before he died four years later. At 32 he had an enviable filmography and martial arts gained prominence like never before.

Another facet of the martial art guru can be seen in a compilation of letters published as Letters of the Dragon: Correspondence, 1958-1973. That is how one can get closer to the enigma called  Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee

He once wrote a long letter explaining his life's dreams to hi dancing partner Pearl Cho.

Here are some excerpts:

...There are two ways of making a good living. One is the result of hard working, and the other,the result of the imagination (requires work, too of course). It is a fact that labor and thrift produce a competence, but fortune, in the sense of wealth, is the reward of the man who can think of something that hasn't been thought of before. In every industry, in every profession, ideas are what America is looking for. Ideas have made America what she is and one good idea will make a man what he wants to be...

I feel I have this great creative and spiritual force within me that is greater than faith, greater than ambition, greater than confidence, greater than determination, greater than vision. It is all of these combined. My brain becomes magnetized with this dominating force which I hold in my hand.

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...Probably, people will say I'm too conscious of success. Well, I am not. You see, my will to do springs from the knowledge that I CAN DO. I'm only being natural, for there is no fear or doubt inside my mind.

 Pearl, success comes to those who become success-conscious. If you don't aim at an object, how the heck on earth do you think you can get it?

Warm Regards,


Bruce Lee

This, here, my friends is probably the only pep talk you need to survive the week. Whenever you are down on will power, Bruce Lee’s words should give you that push you need.

The inspiration is right here in the words: “success comes to those who become success-conscious. If you don't aim at an object, how the heck on earth do you think you can get it?”