Lessons from Yoda

Mrs. T and I watched Rogue One the other night, which is probably my favourite Star Wars movie. After watching Rogue One we then decided to continue watching A New Hope.  After we finished watching A New Hope over a span of 2 nights, we then continued watching Empire Strikes Back.

When Luke Skywalker started his Jedi training with Yoda, the following conversations caught my attention:

Luke: All right, I’ll give it a try.
Yoda: No. Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try.

[Luke’s ship sinks into the mud]
Luke: We’ll never get it out now!
Yoda: So certain are you. Always with you what cannot be done. Hear you nothing that I say?

[Using the Force, Yoda effortlessly frees the X-Wing from the bog]
Luke: I don’t, I don’t believe it.
Yoda: That is why you fail.

Lessons from Yoda

How the heck does some cheesy dialogues between an 800 year old Jedi master and a ~20 year old student have anything to do with personal finance and financial independence?

Everything!

Listening to what Yoda said during the training, I was reminded that…

  • There’s no trying in doing something. You are either doing it, or you are not doing it. Trying is just a half-assed word for giving up eventually. For example, you don’t try to get out of debt. You are either in debt or out of debt. Another example, there is no trying to become financial independent. You are either financially independent or you are not. When you are on the “not” side, it should only make you even more motivated to get to the “are” side in the near future.
  • Stop focusing on the cannot and making excuses. Rather, focus on the end goals. If one of your end goals is to have dividend income exceeding your expenses, focus on that goal. Belief a very powerful force. If you believe in something, it will happen. Imagine how you would feel when you finally achieve this goal. Use this feeling to motivate you and keep you focused. Emotion is a powerful tool. Emotion = Energy + Motion, both of which we need to create results.
  • Having enough passive income is great but you must also learn to develop yourself as a human being. All the money in the world wouldn’t matter if you can’t grow as a human being. Spend time reading personal development books, take personal development courses, join a mastermind group, and create a circle of close friends that will help you to develop as a human being.

On a completely side note, what sequence would you watch Star Wars? Rogue One followed by Episode IV, V, VI, VII, then I, II, III?  Or would you watch the movies in chronological order?

Written by Tawcan
Hi I’m Bob from Vancouver Canada, I am working toward joyful life and financial independence through frugal living, dividend investing, passive income generation, life balance, and self-improvement. This blog is my way to chronicle my journey and share my stories and thoughts along the way. Stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter. Or sign up via Newsletter