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Freedom

Freedom

"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...

Rebellion

Rebellion

"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.

Creation

Creation

"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. 

Ego

Ego

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” - Lao Tzu 

Ego is the enemy. 

Any solid construct of identity is limiting and stagnant. Sometimes they're expressed as our deeply held values. But most of the time they're an expression of stubbornness. 

It's scary to change because it's vulnerable. But how are we supposed to grow, try new things, or even learn if we're unwilling to leave the comfort zone or our negative selves behind? 

Let's think of a bad habit today, and just observe it as something fluid. Something we have the power to change. 🙌