Have you ever watched those inspirational videos about people who do amazing things, and you commit to becoming a better person? I love those videos, and I think that they do a lot of good in reminding me of the person I want to become. However, sometimes I set up unrealistic expectations for myself.
You don’t want to have too many active positions open; it’s like eating too much food at your favorite buffet. Buffets can be good. Buffets can be very good. However, you almost always–or at least I do–walk (if you still can) away from a buffet in pain–sometimes in a great deal of pain. I like the illusion that I have control over myself around food, but that disappears as soon as I see a soft serve ice cream machine paired with caramel and hot fudge pumps. There’s this mode that I enter when I’m in a buffet. I become this mindless food eating machine that inhales plate after plate of mediocre greasy food just because I can. Forget the fact that I’ve been working on not eating carbs for the past three weeks, I’m have four or five rolls with honey butter.
We all know everything in California is known to cause cancer, right? How could you miss it when there are warning signs posted on your grocery bags, in your hotel room, a restaurant, and even as you enter the Disneyland Resort. If simply entering the state is known to ‘cause cancer and birth defects,’ then why do 38.8 million people live there?
Ever dream of being that one investor? The one who predicts market events before anybody else knows they’re coming, and gets away with millions of dollars fitting nicely in your pocket? Well, it might be hard to stuff that much money your pockets… but I’m sure you would have no trouble finding a nice safe place to store your millions. Wouldn’t it feel great to make it on the list of legendary traders known for their cunning and incredible returns?
It is essential to understand money management before you enter the market. In fact, learning the essentials is important before you try anything. I learned this lesson years ago while caring for my neighbors animals.
“Much to learn you still have, my old padawan, this is only the beginning”
Count Dooku grew strong in the dark side and wasn’t afraid to show it either. Yoda, however, understood something that Dooku didn’t grasp–the dark side may be powerful, but when a sith lord believes that they can control the dark side then it controls them.
“Do or do not, there is no try” -The Empire Strikes Back
When Yoda hears Luke’s uncertain remark about trying to get his ship out of the swamp, he is quick to reprimand Luke with what has almost become a trademark phrase for him: “Do or do not, there is no try.” He knows that if Luke “tries” then he will fail because he has already doubted his abilities.
“Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future” -The Empire Strikes Back
While Yoda is training Luke on Dagobah, Luke is troubled by a Force vision of his friends, Han, Leia, and Chewie, in trouble in Cloud City. Luke, clearly worried, asks Yoda if his friends will die. For a moment, it appeared that they would, but we’ve seen the movies. We know that they are rescued.
“Fear is the path to the dark side…fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate…hate leads to suffering.” -The Phantom Menace
When young Anakin Skywalker is standing before the Jedi Council, we have no idea the of the dark, bitter creature he will become. Yoda does, though. Yoda senses something in Anakin that worries him: Anakin’s fear. Yoda’s early prediction came true as Anakin’s fears are realized and he becomes angry and hateful. In the end, though, we see that Anakin doesn’t have anger and hate to lift him anymore, he is just suffering.
5. “Patience you must have my young padawan.” -Revenge Of The Sith
Whether it’s in the traffic jam on the way home from work, dealing with sleepless children (or adults which can turn out just as bad), or just one long day after another we all could have benefitted from having our green little friend around to give us this timeless piece of advice.