Episode I: Embrace the power of presence. Even when it's just resting. "Patience you must have, my young Padawan." -Yoda
When you have a chance to rest, be in the moment and embrace it. You'll have time to re-energize, strategize and find the focus needed to overcome your obstacles and challenges.
Episode II: Actions can sometimes speak louder than words “Vader's here. … I'm endangering the group and our mission here. I have to face him.” – Luke Skywalker
As leaders, we should always speak words of wisdom and teach through intellectual metaphors. But when action is needed, we must not draw back. Stand up for your team and fight for what is right. Your actions will be viewed as epic.
Episode III: Fear is powerful. Don't let it control your fate. "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." – Yoda
Letting go of what you fear to lose is powerful. Loss is always a part of life, but what you choose to do with the emotion can determine your fate.
Episode IV: Hope is great, but it requires work. Sometimes you have to fail to succeed. "You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine." - Obi-Wan Kenobi
There will be times in your life and in your profession when things won't work out. Contracts can fall through, prospects may not call you back, or things just don't pan out the way you thought. Hope is a necessity and requires hard work. But with hope, you can get back up and become more powerful by learning from your mistakes and moving forward.
Episode V: Don't fall to the dark side – giving into your hatred in is the easy thing to do. "Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny." - Yoda
There will always be people that try to put you down, but it's imperative to pick yourself back up. Your back may seem like it's against the wall and that nothing is going your way, but fighting those feelings and persevering through overwhelming odds will shape you into a stronger person.
Episode VI: There is Power in Redemption and Approach with Open-Minds. "You will find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view." - Obi-Wan Kenobi
Seeking to make amends for harm done is to be on the road to redemption. In life, and especially in work, we get into habits and start believing there is only one way to do things. Holding on to this mentality can cause you to become obstinate and result in dark feelings in the workplace when something pushes you out of your comfort zone. To accomplish your mission, let go of this negativity and try to seek redemption and embrace new ways with an open mind.
Episode VII: Confidence in Your Identify Can Bring Success "I find your lack of faith disturbing" – Darth Vader
Life is a journey and we learn that while some people are born a Jedi, others are more than capable of rising to the occasion and being a hero.
Regardless of our own journey, there is an awakening in each of us that pulls us from the dark to light, bad to good, and down to up. It may get confusing where we are or where we are going. However, everybody has a force inside of them. Using the lessons we've learned through past experiences (and the themes from Star Wars) we can harness this force and shape ourselves into Jedi of finance.