1. “Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.”
You’re terrified to take action. You’re afraid to apply for that job, you’re afraid to ask for that interview, you’re afraid to jump out of your comfort zone.
The truth of the matter is that you don’t have anything to lose. Whenever you’re afraid to do something, just ask yourself, “What’s the worst that could happen?” Almost always, asking this question will make you realize that you need to just do it. (there is no try)
2. “You will know (the good from the bad) when you are calm, at peace. Passive.”
Angry people never make good decisions. Most people already have a hard enough time deciding what the right course of action is. How harder must it be to make good decisions in a moment of anger.
I’ve experienced betrayal. Did I want to lash out?
I will admit, it took some time, but after hurt feelings faded, and anger subsided, I realized that, at this point, the only person I’d been hurting was myself.
You must build the skill of being able to emotionally remove yourself from a situation if you want to make sound decisions.
3. “Do or do not. There is no try.”
It’s a cliche I know, but seriously…
Stop trying so hard and JUST DO IT!
Stop planning to do it. Stop thinking about doing it. Stop contemplating doing it. Stop wishing you were doing it. Stop wanting to do it.
Whatever your “it” is.
You may fail-scratch that-you WILL fail, but you’ll learn from your failure.
Remember, there can be no success without failure. And in the end you’ll find true happiness and success!
For many people, Star Wars has been a force for inspiration in their lives. It has brought together like minded people, it has helped build friendships in a welcoming community of fans, and it’s been there for people who’ve needed a few hours of stress relief from a harsher reality. Sometimes though, it’s quite difficult to measure how much, or how little, an effect different aspects of a franchise can have on people. Star Wars has impacted my life mostly through the people I’ve met in the fan community, and through the building of skills such as writing (which you see me doing now) and speaking, and learning such things like building a website, about audio equipment, interview techniques, and many other skills I’ve come to develop. If you go back to the beginning though, back to the movies that started it all, you’ll find many, valuable, life lessons. I will be writing about some of these lessons, and thought I’d start with a classic scene, one of my favorite scenes in the Star Wars movies.
There is a scene in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back where Luke is training with Yoda in the swamps of Dagobah. Yoda is teaching him about the Force, concentration, and focus, when Luke’s X-wing he’d crash landed into the swamp starts sinking further into the mire. As Artoo sounds the alarm, Luke loses focus on his training and drops the stones Yoda was having him lift with the Force.
Looking at his X-wing that has sunk almost entirely beneath the surface, Luke says: “No, we’ll never get it out now!”
Yoda: “So certain are you. Always with you it cannot be done. Hear you nothing that I say?”
Luke: “Master, moving stones around is one thing, but this is totally different!”
Yoda: “No. No different! Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned”
Luke: *sighs* “Alright, I’ll give it a try.”
Yoda: “No. Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
Luke sighs, and tries to lift the X-wing out of the swamp using the Force, and fails. He tells Yoda: “I can’t, it’s too big.”
Yoda: “Size matters not. Look at me; judge me by my size do you? Hmm? And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. It’s energy, surrounds us, and binds us. Luminous beings are we! Not this crude matter. *touches Luke’s arm* You must feel the Force around you. Between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere. Yes, even between land, and the ship.”
Luke stands up to leave saying: “You want the impossible.”
As Luke walks off, Yoda closes his eyes and reaches out to the X-wing through the Force. Artoo starts chiming and beeping excitedly as the X-wing, seemingly by magic, floats up out of the swamp, and to a very surprised Luke’s feet.
Luke turns to Yoda saying: “I don’t believe it!”
Blinking wisely, Yoda simply states: “That, is why you fail.”
“Impossible is only a word found in the dictionary of fools.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
There are many lessons that can be learned from Yoda. For instance the philosophies behind, ‘size matters not’, or ‘luminous beings are we’. However, today I’d like to focus on the differences between, and attitudes behind, trying vs doing. One thing I noticed right away was Luke’s negative attitude in the beginning. He started out with the assumption that it couldn’t be done, that he would fail, and in the end he lived up to that expectation. We’ve all heard of self fulfilling prophecies, but often we fail to recognize when we’re in the middle of one. Another way of looking at this is the idea that you get what you expect. If your mind is occupied with thinking about how or why you’ll fail, than it’s not thinking about creative ways to arrive at a solution. Some people tend to be stubborn, and when you tell them that they’ll fail, they try everything to not fail. But most people aren’t this way, and expecting anyone to do poorly, including yourself, is typically the fastest way to make sure they will do poorly!
“They succeed, because they think they can.” ~ Virgil
“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” ~ Les Brown
Luke is pretty sure before he tries that he won’t be able to succeed, but he only tells Yoda after failing that Yoda asks the impossible. Using the word ‘try’ can be used as an excuse. Anyone can say “I tried” and use that to excuse the end result. After all, if we tried, what more could be done? If we deem a task impossible, than we aren’t to blame when we fail, right? Obviously, there are times we sincerely try our best, and we don’t succeed. And that’s ok. Hopefully we learn from our efforts, even if we weren’t successful in that particular endeavor. But it’s the mindset behind the word ‘try’ that counts. Using the word ‘try’ to let ourselves off the hook when we don’t succeed is one way to ensure we don’t try our best.
“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” ~ Jillian Michaels
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” ~ Pablo Picasso
What are you ‘trying’ to accomplish in your life right now? Don’t try, do! Decide you want something and chase after it! If you want to be a better person, become a better person! Take action and create goals where you can measure the results of your efforts. After all, “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” according to Napoleon Hill. If you’re half-heartedly pursuing something, maybe it’s something you shouldn’t be putting your resources in. Or, maybe it’s something you need to re-invigorate and put more effort into. Why make the decision to do one or the other? Because if you don’t, that end goal that you’re putting effort into, but never arriving at, steals your time, money and energy, and becomes a discouraging part of your life. And if this is representative of how you approach everything, you drift through life, and life makes decisions for you. Sometimes this is easier. It’s easy to let others make decisions for you, to not make decisions, be embarrassed and fail at something. But the surest way to fail at accomplishing something is to never even start it.
“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” ~ Zig Ziglar
“Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford
Legendary soccer player, Mia Hamm once said: “Success breeds success.” Scientifically known as ‘the winner effect’, this principle means that those who succeed are likely to succeed even more. Why? Well, this may be because people are habitual creatures, and succeeding becomes a habit. Or the people who succeed are just talented and more likely to continue succeeding, etc. I think both are true, but I also believe that success tends to build confidence, and if failing is discouraging, than succeeding is encouraging, and brings the enthusiasm and self-confidence needed to whole-heartedly pursue other goals. The confidence to create plans, and believe from past (successful) experiences those plans will work, thus having the motivation to carry those plans to the finish line. If you believe you’ll fail, why bother to follow through with plans, or even make them in the first place? And if you’ve succeeded before, why should you believe you’ll fail? While it sounds trite to tell you to ‘believe and you can do anything’, it seems evident that beliefs and perceptions are powerful things, capable of affecting us in ways we don’t fully understand.
So is that the real difference between trying and doing? That, as Yoda says, the only difference is in our mind, and how we approach things? Don’t quit and use “I tried” as an excuse. Don’t think that you’re helpless. You may not be able to control your circumstances, but you can control how you choose to react to them. Try, and when you fail, try again with the determination to succeed. Keep doing something until you get it right. Perseverance, optimism and determination was what Yoda was looking for. Not perfection, it’s not about perfection. It’s about not giving up!
“If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.” William E. Hickson
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Back in 1999 a new Star Wars movie came to theaters for the first time since Return of the Jedi was released in 1983. The Phantom Menace brought us back to the Galaxy Far Far Away and introduced us to some interesting new characters. Some of the most interesting looking characters were the characters on the Jedi Council. With the exception of Yoda, these twelve Jedi were brand new to us and we knew next to nothing about them.
In the years since much more has been revealed about the Jedi Council members seen in The Phantom Menace. Some had bigger roles in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, some have been featured in The Clone Wars TV show, and others have been fleshed out in the novels and comics. The fate of many of the characters has been revealed in the movies and The Clone Wars. The Expanded Universe has also told its version of some of the Jedi Council member’s deaths, although these stories can always be overridden by George Lucas’s vision in the currently running Clone Wars show (we have already seen a few examples of this.)
So let’s take a look at each of the twelve council members and what we know about where they stand in the Star Wars universe. We will consider stories from not only the movies and The Clone Wars but also the Expanded Universe.
Maybe the oddest looking of the twelve council members, and that’s saying a lot, Poof was a Quermian Jedi Master. Many stories in the Expanded Universe include Yarael Poof, but his most important appearance would probably be in the one shot comic book titled Zam Wessel. In the comic a plot is uncovered to destroy one of the Republic’s key worlds and Coruscasnt is a possible target. Poof volunteers to take on the task of protecting the planet. He used the Force to track down the terrorist whose plan was to destroy the planet by using a very powerful ancient artifact. Poof was able to stop the plan with the help of the unlikely allies Jango Fett and Zam Wessel, but in the process he was stabbed by the terrorist. Using his last bit of Force power he disabled the artifact before it could explode and destroy the planet. After his death, Yarael Poof was replaced by Coleman Trebor on the Jedi Council before the events of Attack of the Clones.
On a lighter note, Poof can also be seen making a hilarious cameo appearance in the Robot Chicken : Star Wars Episode III special.
The girl version of Yoda. She didn’t have much to do in The Phantom Menace and she does not show up in the future movies, so what happened to her? Her adventures after The Phantom Menace, and even before, are chronicled in the Star Wars comics and the young readers novels. One of the most interesting stories is Yaddle’s Tale: The One Below which can be found in the comic Star Wars Tales #5. The story is of a younger Yaddle who is sent on a mission with her master. The mission was to liberate the people of a planet from a vicious warlord. Her master is killed by the warlord and Yaddle is sealed in a pit for over 100 years. While in the pit she becomes a local legend called The One Below. When an earthquake finally frees her she stays on the planet to help the people recover from the earthquake. The warlord had long since left but when his son returns to claim the villages as his birthright, Yaddle defends the people and defeats him in battle.
The story of Yaddle’s death is told in the young readers novel Jedi Quest: The Shadow Trap. While on a mission to Mawan with Anakin and Obi-Wan, Yaddle sacrificed her life to protect the innocent. She used the Force to absorb a bioweapon released by the troubled character Granta Omega. Her death occurs between the events of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.
Another very unique looking Jedi Council member, Oppo Rancisis was Thisspiasian Jedi. He basically had the body of a giant snake but with four arms coming from his more humanoid upper body. Like most of the Council members in The Phantom Menace he was not given any lines in the movie. It wouldn’t be until the Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars cartoon in 2005 that Rancisis is given a voice, but he is still just shown sitting on the council. If you want to see Rancisis in action you will have to go to the comics. In the Republic:Siege of Saleucami story line, Rancisis is sent to the planet of Saleucami with Republic forces to stop the creation of an army of Morgukai clones. Racisis role was to coordinate the battle plan and use his Force ability of battle meditation to assist the Republic forces. During the battle the Republic stronghold was infiltrated and Rancisis was attacked by assassins. Exhausted from his battle meditation he was barely able to repel the assassins. In the confusion of the fight Dark Jedi Sora Bulq, an agent of Count Dooku, snuck up behind Rancisis and stabbed him in the back. These events happened just before Revenge of the Sith and Rancisis does not appear in the movie.
This is how the Expanded Universe has portrayed his death but it is always possible that The Clone Wars will tell things a little differently. Dave Filoni did say in an online chat over at Entertainment Weekly that Oppo Rancisis would eventually show up in the series.
A very gruff looking member of the Jedi Council, Even Piell was short in stature and had a severe scar over his left eye. When you first see him you know he has seen battle. Piell does show up again in Attack of the Clones but does not make an appearance in Revenge of the Sith. Based on the novel Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight, Piell was originally thought to have survived Order 66 only to be killed by stormtroopers shortly after. This version of his death has recently been changed due to events in The Clone Wars TV series. In the Season 3 episode Citadel Rescue, Piell was being rescued by the Jedi from the stronghold called The Citadel. In the process of the escape the Jedi are attacked by a pack of Anoobas. Though he fought bravely, Piell succumbed to wounds he received and died. Before he died though, he was able to relay the important Nexus Route coordinates to Ahsoka Tano.
The beautiful Adi Gallia was a Tholothian Jedi Master who appeared on the Jedi Council in The Phantom Menace. She makes a brief appearance in Attack of the Clones. Another character who looks very similar also appears in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. This character, named Stass Allie, is the one who is killed in the Order 66 scenes in Revenge of the Sith.
Gallia is very prominent in the Expanded Universe having been featured in novels, young readers books, comics and even video games. Like many Jedi, Adi Gallia died during the Clone Wars. Originally her death was depicted in the comic series Obsession. During a battle on Boz Pity just before the events of Revenge of the Sith, Gallia was killed by General Grievous. In the Season 5 premiere of The Clone Wars a different version of her death was depicted and this is the version that will be considered canon. While on a mission with Obi-Wan to stop the brothers Maul and Savage Opress, Adi Gallia was brutally killed by the hulking Savage Opress.
Ki-Adi-Mundi The Cerean Jedi Master was very distinct because of his cone-head appearance. Before his appearance in The Phantom Menace Ki-Adi-Mundi had already been featured in the Dark Horse comic series Star Wars which started in December 1998, so many fans were already familiar with the character. He continued to be heavily featured in the comic series as it chronicled the time before The Phantom Menace, the time leading up to Attack of the Clones, and on through the events of the Clone Wars. He was also featured in the Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars cartoon as one of the first Jedi to face off against the mysterious General Grievous.
He has more recently been featured in the current The Clone Wars TV series having a very prominent role in the Season 2 episode Landing at Point Rain. Unfortunately we know that he dies during Order 66, shot by his clones on the planet Mygeeto during Revenge of the Sith. He did put up a bit of a fight which is more than can be said for many of his Jedi counterparts.
Mace Windu was a human Jedi Master originally from the planet Haruun Kal. On the Council, he was second only to Master Yoda. Other than Yoda Windu was the most prominently featured council member in The Phantom Menace, so it only makes sense that he would also be prominently featured in the Expanded Universe. He got his own novel in Shatterpoint and was a major player in the comics set in this era. He also had an episode of the Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars cartoon completely focused on him. In the episode he basically takes out an entire droid army using only his bare hands and the Force.
Mace Windu has also appeared in no less than 29 episodes of The Clone Wars TV series. The Season 1 episode Liberty on Ryloth puts him center stage and shows us his warrior side.
Mace Windu met his unfortunate end in the Revenge of the Sith movie. He went with three other Jedi Masters to arrest Palpatine in his office on the suspicion that he was a Sith Lord. Palpatine quickly dispatched the other Jedi and engaged Windu in a lightsaber battle. Just as it seemed Windu had the upper hand, Anakin Skywalker intervened. Fearing he would lose the knowledge of how to save his wife Padme if Palpatine was killed, Anakin cut off Mace Windu’s hand. Palpatine took the oppuritunity to attack Windu with Force lightning and sent him out the window, falling to his death.
Plo Koon Plo Koon was a Kel Dor Jedi Master who required a breathing mask when away from his home planet of Dorin. He appears in all three of the Star Wars prequel movies. In the Expanded Universe Plo Koon is featured in a number of stories including some that take place before the events of The Phantom Menace. Thecomics The Stark Hyperspace War and Jedi Council: Acts of War are two of these stories.
The character currently enjoys the spotlight thanks in part to his biggest fan and supervising director of The Clone Wars, Dave Filoni. Plo Koon has become a very important character in the series and plays the part of mentor to Ahsoka Tano. One of his best episodes is the Season 2 finale Lethal Trackdown. In the episode he and Ahsoka hunt down the bounty hunters Aurra Sing, Boba Fett and Bossk.
Plo Koon was known for his piloting skills but unfortunately he wasn’t good enough to avoid Order 66. In Revenge of the Sith while he was in his Jedi Starfighter, he was shot down by his clones when the order was given to take out the Jedi.
Saesee Tiin The horned Iktochi Jedi Master also appeared in all three of the Star Wars prequel movies. He is featured in Expanded Universe materials including novels, comics, and video games, although not as prominently as some of the other council members. One of his more memorable appearances comes in the Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars cartoon. In episode 23 of the series he is shown leading a group of clones with jet packs as they attack a Separatist ship in open space. Tiin sported some really cool armor and a mask that left only his horns exposed, one of the coolest designs I have ever seen for a Jedi.
He has appeared in The Clone Wars TV series but has yet to play a major role. Here’s hoping we get to see him in action in Season 5.
Saesee Tiin was one of the Jedi who accompanied Mace Windu to arrest Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith. He was quickly cut down by Palpatine.
Yoda Yoda was the head of the Jedi Council and arguably the most powerful Jedi of his time. He is the one Jedi on the council in The Phantom Menace that we already knew well because of his appearance in the Original Trilogy. Being the major character he is he has popped up all over the place in the Expanded Universe. Much of Yoda’s past is still a mystery and probably always will be, but you can get a small glimpse into his past concerning Count Dooku in the novel Dark Rendezvous. Yoda is also the main focus of the comic Jedi: Yoda where he leads a clone army against a king that he knew from 200 years before.
In the TV series The Clone Wars Yoda is a main character and appears in many episodes. The series premiere was an episode titled Ambush which featured Yoda as the main character facing off against the droid army and Asajj Ventress.
Yoda is the only member of the Jedi Council from The Phantom Menace who is known to have survived Order 66 and the Jedi Purge. Much later in his life, after completing his training of Luke Skywalker on Dagobah, he peacefully became one with the Force.
Of the members of the Jedi Council from The Phantom Menace, Billaba is the only one to have gone astray. The novel Shatterpoint tells the story of how she took a mission to Mace Windu’s home planet of Haruun Kal. While on the planet she linked up with the local militia and came under the influence of the Force sensitive leader, Kar Vastor. She slowly lost her sanity and Mace Windu was sent to retrieve her from the planet. When he confronted her she did not come willingly, having fallen to the Dark Side. She ended up sustaining injuries that caused her to fall into a coma. Windu took her body back to the Jedi Temple where she never recovered. It is unknown when and how she ultimately died but it is likely she was killed during the attack on the Jedi Temple during the events of Revenge of the Sith.
Eeth Koth Eeth Koth, the Zabrak Jedi Master, is the only member of the Jedi Council from The Phantom Menace that we do not know his ultimate fate. A character by the name of Agen Kolar appears in Attack of the Clones and looks very much like him which caused some confusion as to the status of Koth. In the reference book Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones it was revealed that Eeth Koth had actually died in a gunship crash at the Battle of Geonosis. Well this reported death turned out to be inaccurate because Eeth Koth makes an appearance in The Clone Wars TV series in the episode Grievous Intrigue. Since his appearance in the episode, nothing more has been revealed about his status in the Clone Wars. Could he possibly have escaped Order 66 like Yoda did or will his ultimate demise be told in a future episode of The Clone Wars? We’ll just have to keep watching.