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There Is No Try? Everything, Context Is!
posted on December 07, 2015

Yoda
In previous blog posts, I've given my fair share of criticisms of the little green dude, stating arguments against the wise guy's platitude, "Do. Or do not. There is no try." However, things have occurred to me recently to suggest it's time to "unlearn what [I] have learned."

If anyone is curious, here are the posts in question for the said criticisms: Scott Adams on Failure and Success and Regarding Success and Failure of New Year Resolutions.

I've been engaged in the same process of geek's everywhere, marathoning through the six films in preparation for the big day. What big day, you ask? Well, if you're even asking that, perhaps this blog post isn't even for you. Or your in the future and have forgotten when the great historical event had happened of the release of "The Force Awakens".

While watching Empire Strikes Back, I observed the context of Yoda's famous quote within the context (how meta) of the prequels, I had just watched, where Jedis don't exactly have to try too hard to be Jedis.

Essentially, with this quote, Yoda is saying to Luke, "Look, stupid kid, being a Jedi's not that hard." Then comes the iconic object lesson, as Yoda shows how it's done. As Luke says he doesn't believe it, Yoda responds, "That is why you failed."

As I pondered more on this, I've come to realize that \u201cDo. Or do not. There is no try,\u201d really is a sound principle as long as it's applied to the right things. Hence, what I mean in the title that context is everything.

Then as I pondered about when the quote applies verses when it doesn't, I found it all boils down to the concept of the sphere of influence as Stephen R Covey mentions in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Things more deeper within that sphere, or in other words within your direct control, or in other words, you only frigging have yourself to blame for failing at them, this is where this quote is pertinent. Do. Or do not. No excuses. No if's, but's, or maybe's, when it comes to the matters you have the most control over.

You may not be able to flawlessly make a basketball go in the hoop, but you can still throw it with the best form you can muster. That's the part where there is no try, when obviously try is all you can do to make the idiot ball go in.

I think the perfect conclusion to all this is with the serenity prayer as commonly said in 12 step group meetings: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,The courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

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