Famous for demonstrating his celebrated skills in martial arts films, Bruce Lee performed in five major feature length films starting with the The Big Boss in 1971. He developed his iconic image with Fist of Fury and Way of the Dragon in 1972, followed by Golden Harvest and Enter the Dragon the following year.
His death on 20 July 1972 at the early age of 32 from an allergic reaction to medication, ensured Bruce Lee’s iconic status. He has been named by Time Magazine as one of the 20th century’s most influential people and in 2013 a statue of Bruce Lee was unveiled in Chinatown, Los Angeles.
During his lifetime, Bruce Lee demonstrated his mastery of martial moves and left a legendary fame. Returning to Bruce Lee’s Quote of the Week, “Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory,” others who try to show off their supposed skills may not receive the glory they think they deserve from others.
People wanting to showcase or show off their abilities or talents to give the impression that they are better than they are can have consequences.
It has not been unknown for some individuals or celebrities, for example, to fabricate their ages in order to attempt to improve their public image. Years may be ‘shaved off’ or even ‘padded on’ to enable people to participate in age-restricted activities.
Job hunters, when applying for vacancies may be tempted to over-exaggerate skills or talents with their CVs.
As an example, one CV example stated, “My intensity and focus are at inordinately high levels, and my ability to complete projects on time is unspeakable. I was instrumental in ruining an entire operation for a Midland chain store.”
Other applicants boasted about their strengths, "My ability is to meet deadlines while maintaining my composer,” and “I have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse.”
Finally, to conclude, another masterful motto from the legendary Bruce Lee - “If you don't want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.”