I've put-up a post on Medium, sharing some of the advice I give to people interested in becoming a planner, which includes an analogy inspired by Bruce Lee's Three Stages of Cultivation. You can find it here.
On a related note, here are some of my favorite Bruce Lee quotes that are applicable to what we do as planners/strategists:
"Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system."
"Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it."
"There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."
"Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water."
"When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity."
"Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there."
"It’s not how much you have learned, but how much you have absorbed from what you have learned. It is not how much fixed knowledge you can accumulate, but what you can apply livingly that counts. ‘Being’ is more valued than 'doing'."
Who knew Bruce Lee could be so inspiring for planners?