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Why Yoda needs a slap

“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

In case you haven’t heard this oft-repeated phrase, or you just want to see it again:

I love Yoda. He’s a cute ball of Jedi-awesome. But this phrase really gets my dander up.

There is no try. Translation: if you know you can succeed, great. If you’re unsure, better go home buddy, coz failure ain’t holding no truck here.

How do we stretch, how do we learn, grow or develop when we don’t dare to do anything we’re not certain we’ll succeed at? Was Picasso perfect with his first brush strokes? Did Einstein produce the Theory of Relativity without so much as a typo? Did Cruise flash a flawless smile for his first photo-op? Okay, probably he did.

Failure isn’t just an option. It’s a privilege.

What do you think? Am I being too hard on the little emerald imp? Or should someone deliver a very respectful slap to his wrinkled green face?

Or try anyway.