The famous words spoken by Bruce Lee have inspired many people over the years and as a result, I wanted to take some time to share them with you.
“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” – Bruce Lee
So, what exactly does it mean to be like water? and how do you apply this to your everyday life and business?
As talked about above water has the unique characteristic to take the form of any shape. Water is also capable of flowing calmly and has the ability and power to be a great force.
Now let’s dig a little deeper and focus on 3 key characteristics of water which when understood in the right context share traits of many successful entrepreneurs today.
Water can take the form of any shape. When looking at this from a business perspective the word, adaptability comes to mind.
Being able to adapt your approach and adjust your business strategy will allow you to stay ahead of your competition.
A marketing campaign that worked last year may not be relevant today. Knowing what changes to make and when to make them is one of the most important factors for any successful business.
Learn to embrace changes and think of new creative ideas to take your business to the next level.
When water flows calmly it flows peacefully, you must be at peace with yourself and with what is happening around you.
No matter how much success you have achieved there is always someone out there trying to do it bigger and better than you. Never let your ego get in the way.
On the other side, any successful entrepreneur will tell you that they have failed more times then they have succeeded. Never give up and lose sight of what you are trying to accomplish, no matter how difficult things may seem.
In business you will experience both highs and lows, during these times you must remember to maintain your composure.
Think logically not emotionally.
We all know the great power the ocean has. Comparing this to your business if you can harness your power using the knowledge you have learned you will gain the ability to influence people.
Start by providing value to your target audience or potential customers. Once you have earned their trust and respect you can become an authority figure.
As a leader in your industry, you will have an advantage over your competition, which gives you the ability to increase sales and ultimately generate more revenue within your target audience.
Mastering the ideas presented above can take many years but if you start implementing these principles to not only your business but everyday life you just may be surprised by the success you are able to achieve.
Until next time.