May the fourth be with you! On this special day of commemorating one of the greatest blockbuster films of all time, we bring you business advice from those you truly look up to – Yoda, Hans Solo, Skywalker and more.
Times can be tough when you’re managing a business. Despite investing the time and effort to make things run smoothly, sometimes your business still feels like the failing Galactic Republic.
To boost your morale and jump start your business, we’ve compiled some of the most inspirational quotes in the history of the universe:
“Strike me down and I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” –Obi-Wan Kenobi
Even when you’re faced with obstacles and failures, keep pushing forward. Imagine if Obi-Wan had given up when he faced Darth Maul in a duel to avenge Qui-Gon Jinn’s death. You’re right, I shouldn’t have even thought of that.
“Do or do not…there is no try.” –Yoda
If you start your business by merely trying to succeed, you’ve already failed. Do everything you can and, as Yoda’s wisdom has proven, you will find success.
“Great, kid. Don’t get cocky.” –Han Solo
When you begin to see growth in your business, make sure you don’t let it go to your head. You still have a long way to go. Han Solo may have received the medal of bravery for destroying the original Death Star, but he continued to express feats of courage even after his award.
“I find your lack of faith disturbing.” –Darth Vader
There will be times when you must take a leap of faith in order to achieve your goals. Although we may not agree with all of Vader’s principles, there’s no arguing he helped build a flourishing empire.
“I can save him. I can turn him back to the good side. I have to try.” –Luke Skywalker
You will have clients that in the end, turn you down. Be persistent, just as young Luke Skywalker was. Don’t let them go to the dark side (or rather, your competition). Remember that when it came down to it (*spoiler alert*) Darth Vader did sacrifice his life so his son could live.
“Impossible to see, the future is.” –Yoda
As true as this is, you can counter it by making data-based decisions. But, just as Yoda states, there really is no way to see what will happen.
“Hello. I don’t believe we have been introduced. R2-D2? A pleasure to meet you. I am C-3PO, Human-Cyborg Relations.” –C-3PO
Although our favorite humanoid protocol droid is a bit quirky at times, his networking skills are admirable. Be friendly with everyone you come in contact with as you never know when you’re going to meet your next client, or even business partner.
“You will find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.” –Obi-Wan Kenobi
In business, you must be open-minded. Just as the wise Jedi suggests, sometimes we need to look at things from a different perspective.
“Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.” –Yoda
If nothing else, take Yoda’s advice of always staying on the good side. Know your values and commit to them. When a situation arises that may put your ethics in jeopardy, already know what decision you’re going to make. The right thing to do you know, make the ethical choice you must.
You may be asking yourself, should I really allow my business to be guided by a movie? No, you shouldn’t. But we all know that Star Wars isn’t just a movie. It’s a way of life. Star Wars is a matter of combining wisdom, art, science and power. Isn’t that exactly how you want to build your business?
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