Business lessons from Yoda
Yoda is perhaps the most iconic mentor on the silver screen. He was known for his legendary wisdom, mastery of the Force and skills in lightsaber combat. So what can we learn from this master jedi, from the Star wars series?
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” Yoda
When we use the word “try” we unconsciously we give ourselves permission to fail. If you decide to take action, then really do it. Invest your time and resources into making it happen.
“Always pass on what you have learned.” Yoda
Great business leaders focus on the future. They build their experience, knowledge and wisdom into others (aka you Luke Skywalker). What knowledge can you share to become a leader in your industry?
“Named must your fear be before banish it you can.” Yoda
Fear can paralyse action. It can stop you taking risks, learning, moving forward. What’s stopping you from becoming an entrepreneur or growing your current business? Is it some vague, can’t-put-your-finger-on-it reason? Or are those just stalling tactics? Write down your fears and the worst-case scenario. For every scenario, write down a way you can overcome it.
“Wars do not make one great.” Yoda
Know your competition but there’s no need to fight with them for customers. Show your customers how you provide a unique solution to their needs. You don’t need to belittle your competitor if you believe in your own offering.
“I can’t believe it.” Luke, “That is why you fail.” Yoda
Your self belief determines your success. Do you know your value? Do you believe in yourselft? Believe you can and obstacles will become mere speed-bumps. You won’t see progress until you’ve sold yourself on your own idea first.
“Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?” Yoda
How often do you let your perceived limitations dictate what you achieve? How many times do you listen to that voice inside, that negative self talk that tells you how you will fail? Learn how to get rid of that negative self talk and give yourself positive messages.
“Already know you that which you need.” Yoda
Look inside. You know what the right thing to do is.
“Help you I can. Yes, mmmm.” Yoda
Know your weaknesses. Yoda’s mixes his words. He knows what he want’s to say but he needs a copywriter! Don’t be fooled into thinking you can do everything. Get help where required. Support yourself with a team that compliments your strengths and weaknesses.
“Twisted by the Dark Side, young Skywalker has become. ” Yoda
If you’re not careful, your business may produce a Darth Vader. Yoda expressed concern about young Anakin Skywalker long before he became the evil Darth Vader. Use care in when hiring and promoting staff. Make sure your business has the right team.
“Mudhole? Slimy? My home this is!” Yoda
Business owners must invest a lot of time in the grass roots of their business to ensure it’s success. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.
Control, control, you must learn control!
Don’t change tactics just because your competitor is. Take control of your business and think about your strategy.
Patience you must have, my young padawan.
To build a business that matters, you need to have patience. Steady wins the race. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
“Twilight is upon me, and soon night must fall. That is the way of things.” Yoda
Seize the day.
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