With his influence spanning continents, Jackie Chan’s particular style of performance has touched people across the globe. Known primarily for his martial arts in the west, his music as well in the east and his comic timing in cinema worldwide, his versatile skills have enthralled all sorts of people. A lifelong Buddhist and giver, he is known for his philanthropy and speaks openly about the difference he hopes to make in the world.
“We learn martial arts as helping weakness. You never fight for people to get hurt. You’re always helping people.” – Whatever you do, the intention behind your actions will always matter. Any action, no matter how wrong it may seem, can always be understood if the reasoning behind it is sound. There is almost nothing you can do that, with true moral logic behind it, can’t be used for good if you are committed to making your impact on the world a positive one.
“Now I am older, I understand we have to accept who we are.” – Most people, particularly in the formative years of adulthood, put a lot of time and energy into defining themselves, into figuring out who they want to be. As life goes on, the expectations we set for ourselves are often the cause of a lot of dissatisfaction, a lot of disappointment in the course of our lives. Simply accepting the person you already are and embracing all that this entails, will bring far more satisfaction that striving to be someone you’re not.
“When I give somebody something and see their face, it just makes me so happy.” – There are few things in this world that bring joy consistently from one time to the next. Generally, things get less exciting the more you do them. Perhaps the only thing that never fail to bring a sense of personal fulfilment is giving. Generosity and kindness and bringing happiness to others has a particular reward that never subsides.
“I never wanted to be the next Bruce Lee. I wanted to be the first Jackie Chan.” – It’s important to have someone to look up to, someone to show you how to tackle life, especially when you’re young and not very in touch with the world. But once you start to understand how things work, you won’t make full use of any lessons you’ve learned if you don’t utilise them in your own way. It’s not worth trying so hard to emulate someone else that you forget to be you. Make what you have to share your priority. Let others inspire you and build on top of it, but let your impact on the world by uniquely yours.