10 Star Wars Motivational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

10 Star Wars Motivational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is not for the weak of heart, mind, or emotions. Whether you want to start a company, or have already bootstrapped a company, success does not come easy.

Here are a few Star Wars motivational quotes for entrepreneurs to make you laugh or cry over your life choices. All quotes are from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The words in parenthesis “()” indicate the episode.

  1. Belief is not a matter of choice, but conviction. (Rising Malevolence.)
    You cannot get your toe wet. Or even a foot. You have to jump off that clip running full force, and put that airplane together on your way down. Yes, it will take off. You must have the belief it will take off, and keep iterating, until it does.
  2. Trust in your friends, and they’ll have reason to trust in you. (Downfall of a Droid.)
    You cannot do this alone. Some friends and family will be there when you can barely pay your light bill. Others, will bail at the first sign of trouble. Forgive the latter, and be grateful for the former.
  3. Ignore your instincts at your peril. (Cloak of Darkness.)
    Trust your gut. Read the data, but also listen to what your instincts tell you. If something does not feel right, no matter what the data says, pay attention. Do not go there. Or, at the very least, proceed with caution.
  4. Fail with honor rather than succeed by fraud. (The Gungan General.)
    Offer products and services of value to your customers. Let your clients, customers, and users know that you appreciate their trust in you. Do not sell a pig’s ear as silk. Offer the silk, and charge for it.
  5. Arrogance diminishes wisdom. (Trespass.)
    Listen to your advisors and mentors, both official and unofficial. Yes, you may have put your heart and soul into a product or service, but if it does not serve a need, no one cares how cool your software or service is. Get over it.
  6. It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness. (Storm Over Ryloth.)
    After you jump off the cliff full-on running, it may be a long, long fall. God will let you get bumped and scraped, with your clothes torn off. You will bleed. But once that airplane takes off…all the pain and sacrifice will be worth it. But…you have to jump. You cannot just exist.
  7. It is a cliché, but success does not come overnight or simply. If it does, do not trust it.

  8. Believe in yourself or no one else will. (Landing at Point Rain.)
    You must trust in your abilities. You must listen to your mentors and advisors. The data will not lie to you, if you are not making a profit or gaining new clients and customers. You have to believe in yourself. When times are dark, that light inside of you will enable you to succeed.
  9. Easy isn’t always simple. (Lightsaber Lost.)
    Keeping your website, documentation, products, whatever it is…simple does not mean “easy”. If you can distill what you do in an elevator speech of 2-3 sentences, then you understand what you do and sell.
    Strip away the extraneous, in business, and in life. It’s harder than messy and complicated.
  10. A failure in planning is a plan for failure. (Evil Plans.)
    Yes, you need that business plan. Now, go implement it. Then, toss aside that business plan and start again. Reiterate what I just wrote again and again, as you understand your market, your niche, your target demographic, and the culture of your company.
    Yes, it is a contradiction. But “plan, implement, reiterate, plan again”, will keep your business’ services and products fresh. As the other saying goes, “fail fast”.
  11. Anything that can go wrong, will. (Counterattack.)
    Believe it. Plan, implement, watch it work, watch it blow up, then plan again, reiterate, and so forth. Life is a constant, changing, beast, and so is business. The contradiction is that you must have faith that in the end, it will all work out.

The Life of an Entrepreneur Runs the Gamut

I have watched the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and found myself pondering how many life lessons from each episode also apply to bootstrapping a business from nothing but an idea in my head to a company that enables me to life the life I wish.

Entrepreneurship requires heart, stamina, perseverance, and an abiding conviction that this is the correct route for you to go. One moment you are high, the next moment, you think, “Ooops!” The road from A to Z is never, never, never a straight line. This is true for every area of life.

Derek Halpern: A Day in the Life of an Entrepreneur

Remember to be stoic. Success is not a sprint, it is a marathon. Yes, I am writing clichés. These statements are true, though. This is why people repeat them endlessly and they become clichés!

Owning your own business is liberating, but it does also bring on a new set of challenges that you do not face when someone else owns the company.

You must know that to succeed as an entrepreneur, you must survive the high’s and the lows. Remember to take a long-term view. Support others on their journey, and accept help from friends, family, and other entrepreneurs. Mentors come in all shapes and sizes.

Finally, remember that nothing is permanent — not your failures, but not your success, either.

What Are Your Favorite Star Wars Motivational Quotes?

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10 Star Wars Motivational Quotes for Entrepreneurs
10 Star Wars Motivational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

Gratitude for the Now and Cheers to the New Year

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Today, have you expressed gratitude for the now? Have you told your friends, family, colleagues or coworkers that you are grateful to them for the joy and happiness they bring?

Gratitude and appreciation are simple things. Yet, if we cannot exist in the now, future plans mean nothing.

If you do not have enough now–assuming your basic needs are met for food, shelter, and security–if today is not enough, then what will be different in the future?

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. —Melody Beattie

As you wrap up this year and look to begin the next with a clean slate, ask yourself these questions.

  • What you would like to let go from this year?
  • What would you like to take with you to the next year?
  • What can you do today to make change happen, so that you continue to have and build the life you want?

Gratitude and appreciation for the now makes a humble home a palace, and a snack a feast. It is a simple way to give back to the people in your life, and let them know you appreciate all they do for you.

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This season is often looked at as a season of “getting”, but it is really the giving that matters.

Giving to others brings happiness. We cannot own happiness; it is a state of mind. It comes from living every moment in a state of gratitude, appreciation, and grace.

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. —Oprah Winfrey

As you prepare for the new year, please remember to plan in time for your friends, family, coworkers, and colleagues. Let go of focusing only on material achievements. Those are only one part of success.

Here’s to living in gratitude for the now, with cheers to the New Year.

Happy 2017!

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How to Handle Betrayal and Trust on the Job

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Betrayal and trust on the job is a funny thing.

When a trusted colleague or organization betrays you, it is a moment of disbelief, when the world stops and you can only breathe in and breathe out, as you try to comprehend what happened.

The funny thing about betrayal at work and in your career is that so very often, the people who betrayed you don’t notice or think they did anything wrong.

If it is a superior, then you may not be able to confront them with their wrongdoing. As for an apology, you can forget that idea.

You may ask for an apology, but the likelihood of receiving one is often very small. Betrayal and trust at work is a confusing beast to handle.

Is it possible to succeed without any act of betrayal? —Jean Renoir

The hurt lingers and you try to trust again, and you find you cannot. If you are able, then you find another job.

If you cannot leave your position, then you are stuck in a kind of circular purgatory where you have to complete your job tasks, and yet the trust is gone.

The covenant of trust has been broken and makes it challenging to complete the work.

Forgiving Betrayal, and When to Trust Again

Yes, you can forgive. You can let go of your hurt and anger. Do you have to restore that person or organization to a position of trust? No, you do not.

You are required to forgive, both for your mental and physical health, and because God commands it.

Forgiveness, however, is not the same as absolution. It is not letting someone or some organization off the hook. It is merely letting go of your upset.

You can very much hold someone or an organization accountable. You need to let go of your emotions. That is all forgiveness is — letting go of your negative feelings.

But trust again? No, you are not required to trust someone or an institution again, nor do you have to restore them to their previous position in your life.

In some instances, it might be irresponsible of you to put your trust in a person or organization again.

How to Handle Betrayal and Trust on the Job

If you can, leave and find another position.

If you cannot leave your job in the immediate near term, compromise as you can, but for your own sanity, search around until you find a job at an organization whose promises you can trust.

Most of all, protect yourself and stay away from people who are not worthy of your trust and confidence.

How to Overcome Betrayal and Trust at Work

Ultimately, the best thing you can do for yourself is to move on mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Forgive, do not restore the person or organization to a position of trust again unless they take responsibility — and even then you may want to think on it a bit — and move on.

Forgive yourself for trusting, and let yourself be happy again.

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