"We do not have to “gain” freedom because freedom has always been with us and is not something to be gained in the end through strict and faithful adherence to some definite formulas. Formulas can only inhibit freedom and pre-formations only squelch creativity and impose mediocrity." - 🥋Bruce Lee 🥋
There are three levels of freedom we need to differentiate:
1st is Realistic, Basic, or Fundamental Freedom:
2nd is Freedom of Action or Choice:
3rd is Ultimate Freedom or Freedom of the Mind, Body, and Soul:
This is the type of freedom Bruce Lee is referring to. It is absolute and unencumbered by all external factors. Preached by Taoists and Stoics alike...
“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.” - Alexandra K. Trenfor
The Rorschach Test is a projective psychological test developed in 1921 to measure thought disorder.
I just took one online. It was a little bit weird because, even though I'm not psychotic, (OR MAYBE I AM! 🤡) I felt the slightest amount of pressure to agree with the multiple choice answers provided.
And for that secondary option, besides the obviously violence biased ones like, "a crushed spine" or "a bloody part of my body" ... I wanted to know of what I say was the most common thing people saw or where it landed on that spectrum.
"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion." - Albert Camus
There are all sorts of pressures at work to keep you where you are.
There are societal & cultural pressures which are the easiest (even if not always easy) to overcome. Yet, they hold back a vast majority of the population.
Then there are the closer, friend & familial pressures, which in certain cultures, can be extremely pronounced and restricting. These pressures hold back those who don't care about society's opinion, but care deeply for those of their friends or family (parents in particular).
Lastly, there is our own, self-imposed pressure. The inner-critic, the pessimist, our projected ego. This can be the strongest and most detrimental pressure of them all. It's the same one that causes people to take their own lives, and sometimes the lives of others.
HOWEVER, all of these pressures feed off two things: one bio-chemical and one metaphysical; which may be why they’re so hard to understand and control.
"When you make a business you’re making a little world where you control the laws. It doesn't matter how things are done everywhere else. In your little world you can make it like it should be." - Derek Sivers
There is controversy over the belief that being an entrepreneur is freeing. Some believe they become slaves to their clients, while others, like Derek, see that it's up to you to become what you want to be.
Taking the leap of faith into entrepreneurship definitely brings its own hardships and obligations, but ultimately you are their creator.
"Creativity is a combinatorial force: it’s our ability to tap into our mental pool of resources — knowledge, insight, information, inspiration, and all the fragments populating our minds — that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways." - Maria Popova⠀ ⠀ If we could access everything we've ever learned. ⠀ ⠀ If we could project our imagination in real-time. ⠀ ⠀ Anything would be possible, right?⠀ ⠀ What if, for the last 5000 years of human history, such a practice existed?⠀ ⠀ Any kind of mindfulness practice, meditation, flow state, deep focus, are all tried & true options. ⠀ ⠀ Have your pick 😉
"But I hope you’ll remember, during those times of doubt and frustration, that there is nothing naïve about your impulse to change the world. Because all it takes is one act of service — one blow against injustice — to send forth what Robert Kennedy called that tiny ripple of hope. That’s what changes the world. That one act." - Barack Obama
Regardless of political views, this advice can resonate with anyone thinking about taking on the entrepreneurial journey.
If you're passionate. If you have something to say. If you have something you need to do.
Stop hesitating and go do it.
People who take this kind of action end up either where they wanted to be or somewhere closer.
The opposite means stagnation.
Ask yourself the tough question: "Do I want to be at this level for the rest of my life?". If not, take that one act. Create that tiny ripple of hope. And change the world. 🌎👁