6 Lessons Business Owners Can Learn from Star Wars
Unless you have been living under a rock or in a galaxy far, far away, you know that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens today, and as you can probably tell by now, I am a big fan of the Star Wars franchise.
Since the franchise began in the ’70’s, it has entertained us and maybe taught a few lessons along the way from our favorite characters like Yoda, Obi-Wan and Luke Skywalker.
As silly as this may sound, as I look back on my business experiences, I’ve learned several key hard-to-learn lessons that if I had looked at certain decisions through the lens of Star Wars, it might have saved a lot of time and money.
Below are six lessons that business owners could apply today that may take your status from Apprentice to Jedi Master.
1. Be a Rebel and go against the flow. Businesses that are “clones” of others aren’t original. What makes you and your business different? Embrace the unique qualities and communicate that to the marketplace.
2. Follow a trusted guide. Just like Yoda or Obi-Wan, seek out someone who has solid advice for you and then follow it. You can learn a lot from the mistakes and wisdom of others.
3. Ultimately, be a Yoda, not a Luke. This applies to team members, clients or anyone else that you can have an impact on. Try not to be the hero in this epic saga, be a guide. You will find far more success by helping others find their own way.
4. Trust the Force. You can never go wrong with taking the high road. When it all comes down to it, sometimes you just have to make a decision and then live with it.
5. Don’t cut corners. No one said that success or defeating the Death Star was easy. It takes hustle and risks.
6. Work hard, but party like an Ewok. Running a business is tough. It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears. When you do have successes along the journey, it is important to celebrate those.
There will be many Siths and evil-doers along your journey, but you are writing your own script. Don’t let the Empire win the day. Remember these tips and “success you will find,” as Yoda would say.