Do or Do Not?

The Daily Q #156


InQuire more: Inspired by the inimitable and beloved character, Yoda, of George Lucas’  “Star Wars” franchise. Yoda, who first appeared in the 1980 film “The Empire Strikes Back,” trains Luke Skywalker to fight against the Galactic Empire.  Though many have interpreted this (arguably) most famous of Yoda quotes, I particularly love this analysis from former Sony Pictures studio liaison and Screencraft writer, Ken Miyamoto on Quora:

“It’s simple.  “Do or do not” is a state of mind.  It’s a way to approach any type of action or challenge.  If you go into a fight with the mindset of TRYING to win, you will most likely never succeed to the degree that you could if you go into a fight believing that you will, in fact, win.

You want to be doctor?  Despite all of the hard work and time that goes into doing so, you do it.  You don’t just give it a try.  You want to be a successful filmmaker or screenwriter?  You do it.  No matter what failures come about.  No matter what odds are against you.  You do it.  You don’t just give it a try.  You just give it a try, then time will be your doom because you will fail.  You do it.  No matter how long it takes, no matter what you have to overcome, etc.  You do it.  It’s as simple as that.  It’s a state of mind only the successful have, in any field or avenue.  Sports, business, etc.  The ones who prevail are the ones who “Do or do not.” (via Quora)

 

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