“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
Sometimes we just have to leap. We just have to do it. If you wait until your plan is perfect, you’ll miss out. Instead prepare as best you can and then jump in. Sometimes imperfect is more perfect than perfect.
It is the doing that is the victory and the success.
We may fall, or fail. But we did it.
Every failure should teach us something and get us closer to the goal.
I had an interesting conversation with friends the other night about the new star wars movie. We were bantering about all the amazing characters and what JJ Abrhams did right. I appreciated the balance in the new movie, between action and story. I fell that where the prequels failed is that they had long complicated action shots that I confess, after a few minutes lost my interest. It was CGI showing off. My friend however remarked that the prequels showed the directors what failed and thus helped made The Force Awakens a success.
Failure is not a full stop. It is an opportunity for learning and a chance to begin again.
Whoopi Goldberg was a high school dropout and survived on welfare. To make ends meet, she worked as a bricklayer, bank teller and makeup artist, applying makeup & dressing the hair of corpses in a mortuary.
Brad Pitt dropped out of university, just 2 credits short of a journalism degree, went to Hollywood where he worked outside a fast food restaurant in a giant chicken costume.
Simon Cowell was expelled at 16 with just two O-level passes. He eventually dropped out of high school and worked as a mailroom boy at his dad’s employer, EMI.
Colonel Sanders, founder of the world renowned Kentucky Fried Chicken chain got his first social security check of $99 at age 65. He had a small house, a worn out car and was pretty much broke. But that didn’t stop him from approaching restaurant owners, offering his popular chicken recipe free, in exchange for a percentage of the pieces of chicken sold. 1,009 restaurant owners rejected him before he got his first yes.
There is an endless list of people who failed but did not give up and kept on pressing towards the goal.
The win is in making the attempt, in living life to the fullest, in living the adventure. And one day…. one day as you learn and grow, you will win in every way possible.
Today what do you need to “just do it”?