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Bruce Lee Podcast

Nov 1, 2017

The Bruce Lee Podcast is joining the Nerdist Podcast Network! Hosts Shannon Lee and Sharon Lee had the pleasure of talking with Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick for the Bruce Lee Podcast’s first episode as a part of Nerdist. In this episode Shannon, Sharon and Chris chat about learning life lessons through fitness, working through negative thoughts, and what Chris and Bruce Lee have in common.

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Chris Hardwick has been working out with the same trainer for the past 12 years, and when he shared that he was going to be on the Bruce Lee Podcast, his trainer freaked out. Fitness training has taught Chris a lot of about himself and about life. This aligns with what Bruce Lee said, “Everything I have learned about life I have learned through my study of martial arts.” Chris’s trainer would say to him that, “the lessons you learn in here, you take out there.”

Chris has interviewed over a thousand people between his podcast and other outlets, and he has consistently found that people who excel may doubt themselves, but they push through and put in the extra time and work to succeed. This is what Bruce would do, he would push himself and when he thought he was maxed out he would push to go beyond his limit. If you put a lot of work into something, you will get good at it. You manifest whatever you put your energy into. This can go for negativity too. If you put in positivity, positivity will come out, if you put in negativity, negativity will come out.

“The mind is a fertile garden – it will grow anything you wish to plant – beautiful flowers or weeds. And it is with successful, healthy thoughts or negative ones that will, like weeds, strangle and crowd the others. Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind, for they are the weeds that strangle confidence.”

About ten years ago, Chris realized that even though it’s inevitable he will have negative thoughts, he can just ignore them. He even wrote a chapter in his book called “Ignore your brain,” and his therapist crystallized that idea into the phrase, “You don’t have to believe everything you think.”

Chris and Bruce Lee were both philosophy majors in college and before that both went to all boys schools. Originally Chris was a math major, but found himself not wanting to go to class and ended up switching to philosophy. Part of his decision to switch was when he heard that Steve Martin has been a philosophy major and said that philosophy was great for comedy. Since Chris wanted to get into comedy he switched majors. 

Bruce Lee said: “Philosophy is the disease for which it pretends to be the cure.”

Bruce’s philosophy is applied philosophy, it is meant to be used instead of just discussed or thought about. Everyone knows the name Bruce Lee and they associated it with martial arts and action films. What Shannon is trying to do is share the philosophy side of her father with the world. All of Bruce’s philosophy and self-work created the thrilling person that people see on screen.

Bruce said about himself: “I have always been a martial artist by choice, an actor by profession, but above all, am actualizing myself to be an artist of life.”

Chris’s #AAHA shout outs:

Michio Kau is a Japanese American theoretical physicist, futurist, and popularizer of science. He’s an educator who is a great communicator; he communicates high-level things about the universe in a very digestible way. He is a professor of theoretical physics at the City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center. He has written three NY Times bestselling books, has had over 70 articles published in physics journals, and co-authored the first papers describing string theory in a field form. Kaku has hosted several TV specials for the BBC, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and the Science Channel.

Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant, author, and creator of the KonMari method of decluttering your life. She wrote bestselling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” which has been published in more than 30 countries. (Will link this using our amazon associates link) Kondo has written four books on organizing which have collectively sold millions of copies and have been translated from Japanese into several other languages. She created the KonMari method of organizing. This consists of gather together all of one’s belongings, one category at a time, and then keeping only those things that “spark joy” (tokimeku in Japanese) and choosing a place for everything from then on. Kondo was listed as one of Time’s “100 most influential people” in 2015.

Michio Kau and Marie Kondo, we think you’re awesome!


Chris Hardwick shares when he first became aware of Bruce Lee:

“When I was a kid, I’m sure it was through movies. But it wasn’t until I was older that I really understood, and when I got sober, and when I wrote my own book about a self-help journey, that I really discovered how “Oh he was deep.” The man was deep, those waters ran really deep. He has a quote that I think has something to do with he would rather face a man who has practiced 10,000 kicks than a man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. You can parse that out in a lot of different ways. It goes back to what we were talking about earlier how it’s not a big secret that when you focus on something and work on something that’s what you get. So if you’re running around in a million different directions, without any real goal or focus, you’re just going to be this weak, deluded, person.” 

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