How Jackie Chan Inspires Me As A Writer

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Jackie Chan is my inspiration when it comes to writing.

I know that sounds crazy, as Chan is not a writer. But still some attributes of him I try to emulate as an inspirational force. For example, his unstoppable practice to learn new things, even though he is globally-acknowledged as a fine martial art action hero, is enviously admirable. 

The beauty of “Jackie Chan inspiration” is ethereal. His principle is tenacity or “keep on keeping on”. He teaches me how to perfect my niche and foster a unique personality as a writer. I find in him the epitome of gentility besides being a creative master.

Chan inspires me to be the best version of myself.

Selected here are five attributes of Jackie Chan which underscore the greatness of this “Dragon Forever” star. Also, they convey as to why I am inspired by this living legend.

Five Jackie Chan Ins-Fu-Rational Chi

Be Yourself

Jackie Chan Unique Stance

Jackie Chan once said that being true to himself helped him achieve much-coveted spotlight as an action superstar. He became a household name. People just loved everything he did in movies.

Be it fighting with opponents using a piece of furniture or with bare hands to knockout goons, be it breathtaking stunts some of which put him close to death or be it never-fading smile, Chan created unmistakable individuality for himself among his fans worldwide. 

Back in the era of 1970s, the Chinese film industry was pervasively dominated by a distinctive aura of Bruce Lee aka the Father of Martial Art. 

At that time Chan doubted if he could stand a chance as an actor in the cinematic world of China that was so awe-struck by formidable Lee. As a matter of fact, the film industry was stupified by the dominating force of Bruce Lee. His movies were apparently blockbuster.

Lee was an incredible martial-art action hero. He was hailed as a world phenomenon at that time. Overshadowing his aura was next to impossible. Somehow Jackie got a cameo appearance with Lee in the then blockbuster, ENTER THE DRAGON.

Bruce Lee hammer-locking Chan, held him by his hair.

The cameo role required Chan as a sidekick. He was supposed to be knocked down by Lee. Chan’s showdown with Lee earned him no praiseworthy recognition, except the nostalgia that Jackie still fondly holds on to.

I doubt if any audience watching the fight scene of Jackie with Bruce Lee might have spared a thought that the little skinny guy sustaining a great deal of pain in a desperate effort to disentangle himself from the brute grip of Lee would be a world-famous MASTER OF KUNG-FU.

For the audiences then, Chan was another riff raff team player supposed to be beaten up by the furious fists of Lee.

In one of the interviews, Jackie said he was critically injured by the way Lee held on his clump of hairs, jerking his head to and fro and then tossing aside his body like an empty can. How condescending!

Jackie’s contemplation finally led him to believe that if he followed footsteps of legendary actors in those times, possibly he wouldn’t make it very far. Worse people would view him as a useless impersonator or just an ordinary actor with no unique skill to standout.

What did he do then? Well, he reinventedhimself. He let his inner voice get convinced of his true potential.

Finally, he realized that all he wanted was to show the world what he inherited from years of strict practice of martial arts through his movies. He wanted to give the audiences a true sense of ‘martial-arts’ treats,  something UNIQUE or unprecedented.

Strong enough to trigger their adrenaline rush to the visceral excitement.

Jackie combined comedy in actions and dressed his style a specific character – DRUNKEN FIGHTING STYLE which popularised him as DRUNKEN MASTER all over the world. Incredible stunts and actions with theelements of comedy became a signature statement of Jackie’s movies.

Were Jackie be as successful a star as he is today had he copied acting of his contemporary actors? 

Jackie emphasized the importance of being “TRUE TO YOURSELF” in most of his interviews, attributing it as a sole factor that separates you from the crowd. Win or lose doesn’t matter, but at least you create an impact for yourself that is UNIQUE.

A standout personality. Someone who is at least happy that his deed may not have been rewarded positively as expected but it has been the fruition of his character uprightness.

In writing, I tend to be more to myself. I know many people find my writing style verbose, bloated or meaningless. But I remain to myself. During the course of writing, I tried to imbibe good things from great writers, but I was careful of not to get resigned into the personality aura of other writers.

I hate to have my own aura being overshadowed by other people. Even though I write to the best of my ability, I am glad that what I follow is UNIQUE, not a copycat version of my counterparts.

In other words, being inspired by someone is great, but what boils down to a truly meaningful and worthwhile quality of your individuality is how you see yourself from your viewpoints and try harder to get better about it.

On a personal note – The incident of JackieChan bears close resemblance with that of Amitabh Bachchan. The mega-superstar of Bollywood cinema today was rejected in a screen-test owing to his baritone voice.

He was advised to change his voice or acting. He listened to his inner voice and honored the decision – TO BE HIMSELF.

Now his VOICE is the most formidable proponent of BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF belief.

Practice Trumps Perfection

Jackie Chan in practice

According to Jackie, his incredible martial art skills are the result of strict and rigorous training at Shaolin Temple. Chan got trained by teachers who were followers of strict disciplines. To gather more understanding about kung-fu training at schools of China, just watch RETURN TO THE 36th CHAMBER. This movie portrays rigorous training sessions being maintained by teachers at Shaolin temples. Students are trained by veteran masters under strict disciplinary environment.

The result?

Well, it’s like gold. Just as the precious metal gathers shiny yellow after continually going through thermal treatment and being hammered, Jackie and the likes of him at Shaolin temple attained gold-like preciosity. It doesn’t happen overnight. It takes years of consistent hard practice under the observant gurus.

As a writer, I believe “discipline-way of practice” is the key to determining as to whether or not you’re going to be a writer. Practice trumps perfection, to say the least. The moment you leave practising your skill, it dulls its edge sooner. Just like a knife; you forget sharpening it and see it going blunt in due course of time.

The skill of content writing is like the knife. You ignore practising it due to inertia or whatever lame excuse you name it, very soon you lose the gravity of its magnitude. Result? A blank head.

Practice leads to perfection. No doubt about it. Writing, like many other tasks, requires consistent practice. You have to show integrity, dedication, and commitment. Discard any lame excuse you may have that might indicate even faintly that you can’t practice just because, for example, you get a tummy ache or your fingers hurt at keyboards. STOP!

Discard any lame excuse you may have that might indicate even faintly that you can’t practice just because, for example, you get a tummy ache or your fingers hurt at keyboards. STOP!


Once Jackie told in an interview that he still follows discipline at home. When he enters his house, he puts off his shoes, gently keeps them at a dedicated place. However, his son Jacy is quite opposite to his disciplinary conducts. He throws his shoes here and there before jumping into his bed. That’s just a small example of how this globally-famed star loves discipline.

In jest, Chan said learning kung-fu at Shaolin temple under the discipline of teachers became second-nature. He never got rid of thatdiscipline he’d learnt.

He said his son Jacie Chan is not comfortable with following domestic etiquette but he does not conduct himself against discipline. Discipline-wise, he and his son are different, to a certain extent. Jackie said practice led him to perfect his skills.

Things learnt at Shaolin temple runs deep in his blood even today.


Well, the repeated practice under discipline. Jackie is getting old but he is still loaded, ready to knock few punks to a pulp with his kung fu. He perfected his niche through hard works, and discipline plays a great role init.


A writer has to follow discipline everywhere. Means, it must be in your thinking, your imagination, and in your process of writing a story. According to Jackie, discipline is what constitutes your behavior as a magnet for something good. 

The benefits of discipline are –

It reinforces strength within you. It guides you to follow the right direction. It teaches you how and when to behave.

Thoughts usually come in fleeting seconds in our mind. A fickle mind loses precious thoughts but a disciplined one retains valuable thoughts forlater days, in your needs.

A disciplined mind, as a matter of fact, iscuriously-driven to thoughts. It picks up the quality of thoughts thinking oftheir possible impacts once they are paired with a well-phrased content body.

When inertia hits yourock bottom, enabling you to take a nap or do something unproductive, this isthe very well-cultivated discipline that wards off such inertia, alerting youof your responsibility.

Today we envy at Jackie’s incredible kung-fu gesticulations in movies and interview shows. However, if we think harder, we understand that such feat is the result of years-long practice done in a very strict disciplinary environment.

Jackie still recollects the discipline he and his fellow students at Shaolin used to follow unconditionally. I just wonder if today’s teenagers would stand spanking on their body by a teacher as a mild warning to behave and discipline.

I fear if any teacher would do such a thing, he would soon be teenagers would be condemned to universal mockery and subjected to corporal cruelty on the innocent students.

While I too detest corporal punishment, I welcome disciplinaryenvironment and it must be maintained indiscriminately.

True lessons never come if students are not docile. And docility blooms under care and discipline. Therefore, write and make sure you write in a disciplined way.

Benefits Of Being Disciplined:

  • Improved consciousness about knowing your duty.
  • The incentive of being punctual about when to do writing.
  • No inertia.
  • An improved level of cautiousness not to let ideas fade into oblivion without being maximized.
  • Self-discipline about writing leads to a concentrated focus on your inner strength demonstrative of your ability to make a correct decision and preserve it until task undertaken is accomplished.
  • Elevates the compass of your aversion to enemious elements like procrastination, laziness, inertia, and complacency.
  • Leads to perseverance. Develops your tenacity to accomplish task until it is done.
  • Improves your resistive power against sidestepping distractions or temptations. 
  • Improves controlled behavior, which affords enhanced creativity level in writing.

Master of Gentility

Jackie is MR NICE GUY.

Being down to earth, label-headed, civilised, adorably chivalrous are some of the greatest character traits of Jackie Chan. These are the personality attributes of him contributing creation of unique and admirably great persona among his countless fans all over the world.

However, from the perspective of writing, one must emulate that kind of personality quality of Jackie. You maybe a great writer or have flair for using expressive. You may have a nerve-hitting sentences when you write.

But no matter how celebrated writer you may turn out to be later, if your attitude toward your readers, fans or admirers is of condescending or unfriendly, you risk forever oblivion.

I believe that everyone in this world is genius to a certain extent. Even a rickshaw-puller is skilled. Tell him to ride you home fast but safely, and the next thing you going to experience is the man behind paddle, driving his rickshaw to various shortcuts finally riding you home, safe and sound.

It is very good to have talent by which you can earn a lot of money or may lead your life in abundant prosperity. But there is something in this world that even the richest person craves for. It is called RESPECT.

The kind of gentle mannerism you wear when you meet someone is the very yardstick other people use to determine or gauge your personality as a friendly or deniable one. Everyone knows that Jackie is incredibly gifted martial art action heroes.

He is a world-renowned celebrity. But most of all, people also recognize for his smiling face. Ask anyone if he/she has heard of Jackie. The next thing you witness is the jovial reaction on the person’s face as if remembering Jackie brought a smile on his face.

In many of his movies, Jackie is seen using just a handful of pieces of furniture to beat down his opponents. And that was quite incredible and hilarious both. Most of his self-initiated stunts virtually cost him his life.

No doubt whatever he is today is the result of his hard works, perseverance, commitment and of course good behaviour.

I was watching a video on YouTube in which Jackie is shown some of his old friends from his stunt team. Every one ofthem was extolling Jackie and felt quite privileged to have become the part ofhis stunt team.

The scene was very emotional and you may feel breaking down when you watch Jackie’s old friends calling him “Big Brother!” Even audiences and people gathered around Jackie could not hold their tears from welling up.

The sight of bleary-eyed Jackie being hailed respectably by his equally emotional old friends is, according to me, is the strongest proof of Jackie’s gentility, among his achievements.

Your knowledge, your talent or your experience is surely a certificate of success in your professional career, but it is your character, good manner or gentility by which people remember you.

Therefore, even if you consider you are the best at writing, make sure your behaviour does not wear an aura of superiority complex. That is cancerous for your professional success in your chosen career goal.

Let me give you an example

Dr House MD

I hope you may have watched a very famous TV-series called HOUSE, M.D. Believe me this is perhaps some of the best TV series that has impressed me, to the point of leaving my routine foods just to see Hugh Laurie playing Dr. House in this incredibly wonderful, gripping, and impressively well-scripted TV series. 

Dr. House is unquestionably the most competent and skilled diagnostician.His remarkable talent at understanding people is a hell of a view to sour.

A genius who is crippled, in constant pain, in denial often, is touchy, temperamental jerk, and of course insensitive to his most trusted friends, Dr.Wilson, Dr. Lisa Cuddy, and his teammates, namely Dr. Cameron, Dr. Chase, andDr. Foreman.  

Point is – the behaviour of House toward these people remains a surreal mix of callousness and friendliness.

However, most of the times he is often at cross purpose with others for reasons best known to his temperamentality or digressive attitude.

Yet whatsets his individuality apart from the rest of diagnosticians is that House isincredibly gifted at understanding people, their wants and perception.

He is always on the quest for truth, even though he consciously knows that truth is just a mirage and everybody lies. But his rude behaviour toward other people not only cost him jail imprisonment but mockery and disgust from his victims, even those who just hate him on his bad reputation.

Even though he was genius, hisnarcissism estranged many people.

My point – Irrespective of how talented you are, if you are being boastful, resentful, and bullheaded jerk, or you exercise a conduct not demonstrative of gentility, you risk people’s deadpan regards or contemptuous treatment. Youfade into oblivion.

Hence, be humble and respect people. Always remember that nobody is perfect and this is the bitterest truth that perhaps keeps many people at their sanity level.

Be Creative Genius

In writing, be a creative genius.

Jackie Chan said in an interview that when he involved in movie-making business, he was not sure of his success in that field. The film industry, at those times in mid 70’s to 1980’s, had powerful celebrities like Bruce Lee who were dominating force.

Their formidable cinematic personality sort of eclipsed the nascent growth of many actors. Lee was surely the magnet of all actors in those times.

Jackie said he knew nothing how could someone with no fame in his credit could ever possibly gain limelight for his work, for his talent, for his movie-making skill.

Jackie did some cameo roles in some movies, including his faceoff with Bruce Lee, about which Jackie said he was terribly punched by Lee and by the time his body hit the floor as tossed aside by Lee, he felt severe pain in his ribs, to, unfortunately, no one’s notice but Lee’s who expressed apology for unintentionally hitting him.

Did the competition in the market spook Jackie and he caved in?

Not at all.

Jackie said he knew the odds were against him. Whatever steps he wanted to show in movies were already in vogue, as audiences loved action choreographies filmed on Bruce Lee and many other popular actors in those times.

Though Jackie tried to simulate his moves from the reputed actors, soonhe realised that imitation would lead him nothing but certain oblivion. Then herealised his latent talent.

He came to know that if he continued doing thingsfrom his original creative mind, things would be quite different. Very soon heinvolved in his action stunts certain amount of comedy and as soon as theexperiment born fruit as audiences liked his comical moves in movies, he made surethat he maximised his comedy-cum-action talent.

Jackie never compromised with originality. He knew audiences would not like his movies if he kept on repeating the same dull story, fights, or stunts, either shown by other contemporary actors of his times or were insignificant due to their countless repetitions.  It was the very originality and creativity which made Jackie and his movies a worldwide success.

Lesson – Make sure you write things from a fresh and different perspective.

People love things to read which are uniquely interesting, different from the status-quo.

Being original means your writing understands your target audience. Itincludes quality information, not the repeated stuff. It should involverelevant keywords without demeaning the quality.

Top of all – your writingshould be in resonance with expectations of your target audiences/readers. Donot be a copycat version of other writers. Script your unique personality.

Eventhough you may suck at certain points, being yourself is still rewarding. Ithelps you how to fix your shortcomings, improve your writing, and make itinformatively better. Be disciplined, for it affords wisdom of how to craftyour way to a better writer.

That’s it.

What do you think Jackie has inspired you in a way you would like toshare here? I think he has been an inspiration to me. A role model foreveryone.

The aforesaid narratives suggest my regards for Jackie Chan, worldsperhaps most recognisable celebrity. I’d love hearing from you about thecelebrity who inspires you in your creative niche. Please state your viewpointson the blog as well.

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