30Beautiful essay on the newly released writings and thoughts of martial arts icon Bruce Lee. There’s a lot here worth reading and learning from. The thing I found most powerful? That to become the person you want to be, you have to have the self-awareness to really see yourself as you are now (this is where most people fail in their fitness strategies, in my view, because they simply refuse to see themselves as they are; this opens the door to a perpetual claim on being a victim of the environment or other people).

Action is a high road to self-confidence and [self-]esteem. Where it is open, all energies flow toward it. It comes readily to most people and its rewards are tangible.And yet self-esteem isn’t a static object to be attained but a dynamic sense to be continually cultivated: The maintenance of self-esteem is a continuous task that taxes all of the individual’s power and inner resources. We have to prove our worth and justify our existence anew each day.

When, for whatever reason, self-esteem is unattainable, the autonomous individual becomes a highly explosive entity. He turns away from an unpromising self and plunges into the pursuit of pride — the explosive substitute for self-esteem. All social disturbances and upheavals have their roots in a crisis of individual self-esteem, and the great endeavors in which the masses most readily unite [are] basically a search for pride.

Source: Bruce Lee on Self-Actualization and the Crucial Difference Between Pride and Self-Esteem | Brain Pickings