Today my good buddy Elbert came across Bruce Lee’s “Definite Chief Aim” and shared it with me. The “Definite Chief Aim” was a personal mission statement Bruce Lee wrote in January 1969 when he was 28 years old and a minor TV star in the United States. With his second child recently born and no financial security to speak of, the clearly determined founder of Jeet Kune Do decided to put his “Definite Chief Aim” down on paper:
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 $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.
I think his words and history speak for itself but his clarity in his mission statement really, really moved and inspired me. I’m going to take some time to write down my own Definite Chief Aim and I implore you to do the same. Thanks Elbert