Because of Star Wars

Published: 5/4/2018

Because of Star Wars

It’s May the 4th…Star Wars Day! As you know, I’m a bit of a nerd. I was thinking; there are lots of great lessons and quotes from Star Wars that translate to great business advice. Stay with me on this.

  • “Never tell me the odds” is a quote from Han Solo responding to C3P0’s remark about the odds of success. This is something business owners feel every day. The odds are stacked against business, and it takes guts to turn an idea into a company. At a certain point, you have to put the odds aside, take a calculated risk, and put in the work to make it happen. Just like Han Solo.
  • There’s always hope. Something that runs through the original trilogy is this sensibility of hope and that all will balance out in the end. There will be highs and lows in business, but you always have to have an optimistic outlook and keep looking “down the road” to your goals. You may have to change your plans, but your goal is always there. Let’s just hope that your goal isn’t to destroy the Death Star.
  • Learning is critical, but doing is where it counts. Now, if you know me, you know where I’m headed with this – Yoda. “Do or do not, there is no try,” said Yoda in the Empire Strikes Back. You need to learn all you can, but at some point, you need to do the do. Luke can be considered a cautionary tale as he left before he was “ready” to fight Darth Vader (losing a hand in the process). But he survived and became stronger because he did it.

Finally, let me get a bit philosophical with you and talk about the force. We really are all connected, and it takes just a moment to impact another’s life with a smile, a kind gesture, or offering to help. As I tell students when I talk about networking, you get when you give. Kindness is the force that binds us all together.

Enjoy your weekend and don’t come by the office on Monday, we’ll be out at the golf course at the 38th Annual Cerritos Golf Classic – the Fiesta on the Fairways!

Have a wonderful weekend, and may the force be with you.



Scott Smith

Weekly Quote:

“Your focus determines your reality.” – Qui-Gon Jinn

“In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

“Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

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