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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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”.
- 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.
It is a cliché, but success does not come overnight or simply. If it does, do not trust it.
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.
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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