Nine Life Lessons We Can Learn From Star Wars
In 1977, a little-known film by a young director named George Lucas changed the filmmaking industry forever. Over forty years later, the Star Wars franchise has become a cultural icon with a dedicated following of fans all over the world. As the world eagerly anticipates the return of the Millennium Falcon and Han Solo, let’s take a moment to reflect on the wisdom of the Jedi, The Force, and the Sith Lord himself, in order to glean nine lessons Star Wars teaches us about life.
1. Commit to the life you want to live – and live it!
“There is no try. Do, or do not…” – Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back
We can spend our entire lives debating what-ifs, questioning our decisions, and fighting uncertainty. However, in life, nothing is certain. We can either waste precious time in a state of indecision or make a decision and stick with it. As Yoda says, there is no trying – commit to your dreams and live the life you want.
2. Surround yourself with people who are supportive and believe in you.
“I find your lack of faith disturbing.” – Darth Vader in A New Hope
There is no reason to waste your time and energy on people who bring you down. Fill your life with believers and doers, people who inspire you and bring positive energy to your life. Otherwise, you may resort to the dark side.
3. Don’t lie to yourself. We usually already know what is right.
“Already know you, that which you need” – Yoda
Listen to your heart, The Force, and your conscience. The road ahead might be perilous, but the solution lies within. We often already know what is right and what needs to be done. Don’t ignore your instincts.
4. Don’t let impossible odds hold you back.
“Never tell me the odds.” – Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back
Even if the odds of success are seemingly insurmountable, don’t let them hold you back. Follow your heart and take the risks necessary to achieve your dreams. As Han Solo says, “never tell me the odds.”
5. Often success stems from overcoming failures.
“Strike me down, and I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope
Success comes only through hard work, trial and error, and the ability to see setbacks as stepping stones towards later victory. Believe in yourself and keep pushing forward.
6. Don’t let fear guide your life.
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering.” – Yoda in The Phantom Menace
Fear can cripple us and prevent us from becoming who we are meant to be. It isolates us from others and makes us scared of those we do not understand. Let go of your fear and be guided by your principles.
7. Humor goes a long way.
“One thing’s for sure, we’re all gonna be a lot thinner.” – Han Solo in A New Hope
When things get tough, humor can improve the situation and provide clarity. Don’t let stress and anxiety consume you – use humor to lighten the mood and keep spirits high.
8. Our thoughts and actions impact our future.
“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” – Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace
What we think and actively pursue directly affects our future. Consider this when investing time and energy into people and causes; focus on your passions and avoid negative distractions.
9. Sometimes we need to let go.
“Let go of your hate” – Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi
There is no room for hate, fear, and regret in our lives. Sometimes, the best course of action is to let go and move on. Allow yourself to be free from emotional burdens and soar towards what lies ahead.
Star Wars may be a fantasy film series that takes place in a galaxy far, far away, but it has much to teach us about life. From inspiring us to commit to our dreams to emphasizing the importance of surrounding ourselves with positive influences, Star Wars provides a template for living a fulfilling and powerful life. May The Force be with you!