Listen to Yoda. Why? Because he is wise and knows what the hell he’s talking about!

That’s obvious, but even though he is a fictitious character, the person he represents is very real. To me, Yoda is like a master sensei who has been through many battles and challenges that have taught him valuable lessons, principles, philosophies, and ideas about  life and human nature. I’m not a Star Wars geek or anything, I’ve only seen a couple of the movies actually, but I respect how George Lucas made the character of Yoda as a grand mentor to Anakin, Luke, and the other Jedi. In fact, one quote by Yoda I really take to heart and believe in:

“Do or do not. There is no try.” –Yoda from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

When I heard this quote it just made so much sense to me. A light bulb went off in my head and I thought, “Wow. He’s right!”

Trying something new, whatever it may be, is just a fact of life. However, when we do try something new, we usually approach it with the wrong mentality. Typically, our approach is that we will give it a chance, not expect much, and give it a lackluster effort. My question is why?

In my humble opinion, when you say “I’ll try something,” you’re preparing to fail because you don’t believe you can do it. Instead of trying actually Just Do It (Nike reference; I like Nike haha). And if you don’t think you can do it then don’t. It’s that simple. But if you are ready to do it, don’t hold anything back and give a full 100% effort to achieve it.

I remember in college I took an intermediate microeconomics class (Econ 302) and by the end of the first week, I thought there was absolutely no chance of me understanding and learning the subject, or the remote possibility of me getting an A in the class. I was actually on the verge of dropping the class, but my attitude changed. Instead of just trying to give the class another week and see what might happen, I committed myself and got an A (it also became a class that I came to like).

Although I had success in this instance, it doesn’t mean I or you will succeed all the time. Just because you do something it doesn’t mean you’re going to be successful or do the thing. Instead, from my experience, is that you fail and sometimes fail big.  But at the end of the day…who cares? As long as you believed in yourself and gave it your 100% best effort then in my book you’ve already won. You’ve won because you just didn’t try, but you did something with full out commitment and effort. Just remember to learn from those mistakes or failures, even just a little bit, so you can do a better job next time.

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