In order to celebrate Star Wars Day, May The Fourth Be With You, here are a selection of motivational quotes from Star Wars (mainly Yoda) and George Lucas. There are a lot of lessons in those films about success, here are a few of them, along with my view on what they mean and how they apply to us.
11 Motivational Quotes From Star Wars & George Lucas
“Do or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda
When you say “I’ll try” you have already given yourself a way out, an excuse for not doing something. “I gave it a go, but couldn’t do it”, no you had already decided it wasn’t going to work so you didn’t really try. Remove the work try. Say I’ll do it! And go play full out and freaking get it done!
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” — Yoda
If you spend your time worrying about everything going on in the world you will never be happy. The news thrives on negative stories, stories of fear, terror, its what keeps us gripped to the show. But you can’t control any of it! Worrying about stuff you can’t control will leave you feeling helpless and highly stressed, and unhappy. Focus on the things you can control, focus on the actions you can take. Decide to be happy in the present moment.
“Always pass on what you have learned.” –– Yoda
One thing you see so many successful people doing is some form of coaching or mentoring. And in the world of boxing they always talk about having 3 people around you, someone who is better than you to challenge you everyday, someone who is on your level so you can compete and someone who you are better at so you can teach. As you teach you learn new things, you focus on different aspects and it helps you grow. Also, as you are learning and becoming the expert in your industry, if you really want to become the go to person you need to get this information out to the world.
“Patience you must have, my young Padawan.” — Yoda
Patience is one of the key attributes of successful people. Tony Robbins always says that people greatly overestimate what they can achieve in a year and greatly under estimate what they can achieve in 10 years. You have to be patient.
“You must unlearn what you have learned.” — Yoda
In order to get to the next level in business, in our finances, in our health, in fact in any area of our life, we often have to learn new things. The skills and mindset that got us to here, aren’t going to be the same ones that get us to the next level. If you have been stuck at a certain level for a while it may time to look at what are the new things you need to learn to take you to the next level.
“Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.” — Yoda
When I watch sports you can always tell the teams or players who have gone out to win vs those who have gone out not to lose. Do you know what I mean? The team that goes out not to lose, is just trying to stop the other team from scoring, but they never go out to score themselves. Those are not the teams and players that will win consistently, year after year. If in business and life, you are so afraid of losing something, then you won’t put yourself in a position to grow and progress. Instead focus on what you could happen if you achieved your goals. Get excited about your potential future if you achieved those things.
“Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view.”— Yoda
Where ever we are in life right now is a direct result of our beliefs and habits. People who complain about not having any money often believe that having money is a bad thing. They were brought up believing that money equals greed. That belief does not serve you. This shows in every area of life. We have beliefs that a greatly limiting our potential. we may not even be aware we have them, but they are there. Question every belief you have!
“Never tell me the odds.” — Han Solo – in response to C3PO telling him the odds of surviving an asteroid field
The odds of building a successful business are quite small, the odds of being the top in your industry are quite small. If you knew the odds of everything, then you would never do anything. You would just think, ah well why bother. Why put in all that work when chances are it won’t work anyway. Forget the odds, if you have a goal, work out a plan and go and take MASSIVE action!
“If you want to be successful in a particular field, perseverance is one of the key qualities.” — George Lucas
One of the key qualities you see in all successful people is that of perseverance. They don’t take no for an answer. They fail, and immediately go again, looking for a different route. You only fail when you quit, and one of the differences between successful people and those that aren’t is they just never quit!
“You have to find something that you love enough to jump over hurdles and break through the brick walls.” — George Lucas
When I was a kid I used to get so excited to get up early on a weekend to play video games. I was so excited about tackling the next level, or the next bad guy, or learning a new skill. What if you had that same excitement about your business, about your life. Do you think that would make a difference? You bet! Find that thing that brings that level of excitement for you.
“If you can tune into the fantasy life of an 11-year-old girl, you can make a fortune in this business.” — George Lucas
To be successful in business you have to know your target market! And when I say ‘know’, I mean you need to know them better than they know themselves. You have to understand why they make the decisions they do, the emotional and the logical reasons. When you truly understand your target market, providing a solution for them gets much easier.
So there you have it, there are a selection of motivational quotes from Star Wars and George Lucas, and my view of the lessons and how they apply to us. Are there any other quotes that you love from the films? Post them below!
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