Star Wars – The Force Awakens is finally here! If you’re a fan of this legendary space saga, you may have picked up many quotes along the years that have inspired you in your personal life, but how about your working life? Whether you’re a java jedi, a sith software developer or an ewok ebook writer, this collection of quotes and small pearls of wisdom will guide you through your successful freelance journey.
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1. “You watch your language!” – C3PO
C3PO may make you nervous with his whining and complaining, always telling everybody what do to do, or what not do. But you have to admit that sometimes he’s right. Take this simple quote as an example.
Language is important, and in the digital world, the texts that define who you are and what you do are even more important. Websites, emails, posts… They all are a small piece of the puzzle you become online. That’s why you should always check them, re-check them, and be sure that they are well written and contain no mistakes. It will help boost your professional image.
2. “Always in motion the future is” – Yoda
Yoda was a very wise guy, and this quote, one of Star Wars’ most well known, proves it.
You can make all the plans you want, you can try to plan everything months in advance and foresee every problem – but unexpected things happen. A small setback can always be turned into a positive! Learn to improvise, react as fast as you can and you’ll be on your way to success.
3. “Never tell me the odds” – Han Solo
It’s quite true that you shouldn’t just jump into something without thinking or without taking the consequences into account. On the other hand, fear will only cripple you. So have a little courage and don’t be always calculating, thinking and planning. Sometimes, it’s best to just go out there and do it.
So be bold and believe in yourself. People will try to push you down, but it doesn’t matter what they think. If you believe in yourself and work hard on something, you will succeed.
4. “No need to report to him until we have something to report!” – Nute Gunray
In the Star Wars universe, even bad characters sometimes share a piece of wisdom. Take this quote from one of the evil Ministers of the Trade Federation – it’s actually useful advice!
Less talk, more action. If there is something to say, say it, if not, just keep working. Sometimes too much communication is as bad as no communication at all, it can create confusion and be very unnerving. So please, don’t waste anybody’s time and only send an email or make a phone call if you really have something important to say.
5. “Interesting view from this angle.” – Anakin Skywalker
Before becoming Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker showed great intuition and learned some neat Jedi-tricks, as this quote proves…
When you’re stuck, or have run out of ideas, something as simple as a change of perspective can help you find the answer you were looking for. Resting for a second, focusing on another thing or taking a walk might do the trick!
6. “There are many things you don’t understand” – Darth Vader
Being self-employed requires flexibility and adaptability. Nothing ever lasts forever, you may be successful and be given many projects now, but the key skills are always evolving, trends and clients come and go. You have to make sure you are moving forward with the rest, you need to keep up with your skillset and show why you are better than the next person. Freelancing means always evolving and never relying on old successes.
“You will find only what you bring in” – Yoda
Or put simply: you will only get what you deserve. If you work hard, people will spread the word, if you are sloppy, people will talk too. Your work will talk for yourself, and you have to be sure that you bring enthusiasm, know-how and unique skills into any project you dive into. Do that, and you will only get back good stuff!
“I find your lack of faith disturbing” – Darth Vader
Yes, Mr. Vader, Sir! Sorry Mr. Vader, Sir! Don’t kill me, Sir!
Joking aside, this quote can actually be quite useful. It is important to maintain a certain amount of faith in that what you’re doing or your work will suffer. If you are in a management position, you should try to cheer your co-workers up and let them know why the work they are doing is important. If you are happier, you will work better: this is a truth that has been proven since dinosaurs walked the earth!
“Some day you’re gonna be wrong” – Princess Leia
Princess Leia is probably the voice of conscience of the Rebel Alliance. And you know what? This quote is a lesson in reality that we have to accept: sometimes we will fail. But chin up! Use these situations for learning how NOT to do things and just move on.
“I am here to put you back on schedule” – Darth Vader
Darth Vader might not be the most diplomatic boss, that much is true. But sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands, hit the table and make some things clear. Try not to use the force against your co-workers, though.
“May the force be with you”
We couldn’t end without the most classic quote in the Star Wars universe. Everyone knows this one, yes. But honestly – isn’t this a nice pat on the back?
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