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What Bruce Lee Can Teach Us About Living Fully: Shannon Lee (Transcript)

Following is the full text of Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee’s talk titled “What Bruce Lee Can Teach Us About Living Fully” at TED conference. In this inspiring talk, she takes us inside the mind of her father, exploring how to use his philosophy in your daily life to achieve profound personal growth and make a lasting impact.


Bruce Lee is my father. And he is best well-known as a martial artist and an action film star, as I’m sure most of you know.

He died when I was four years old, but I have a really deep memory of him. I don’t have those long-form, storied memories that you do when you’re older, but the memory that I do have is of the feeling of him.

I remember his energy, his presence, his love — the safety of it, the power of it, the radiance of it.

And to me that memory is very deep and personal. And it is the memory of the quality of his essential nature.

What a lot of people don’t know about my father is that he was also a philosopher. He had a very ever-evolving philosophy that he lived. And it is that distinction — that he lived his philosophy and didn’t just espouse his philosophy — that made him the force of nature that he was, and still engages us today.

His wisdom has salvaged me many times in my life: when my brother died, when my heart’s been broken, whenever I have faced a challenge to my mind, my body or my spirit, the way that he expressed himself has lifted me up.

And so I come to you today not as a researcher or an educator or a guru or even a life coach, but as a student of Bruce Lee — as his daughter, and also as a student of my own life.

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