Yoda. Widely regarded as one of the wisest movie characters of all time. This mighty green mage has guided many a Jedi through the obstacles of the oh-so-pesky dark side. He’s a smart dude. A futuristic philosopher.
Even if you aren’t overly familiar with Star Wars (I’m certainly not), you’ve probably heard the kwote shown above.
“Do or do not, there is no try.”
It’s a bit of a classic. Posted on the walls of high schools and locker rooms everywhere. It serves as a nice bit of motivation.
It’s a good one, right? It’s cut and dry, but still tactful in that Yoda sort of way. Either you do, or you don’t. Trying doesn’t matter.
Well, I’ve blindly accepted this kwote for basically my entire life. Pretty much because I always thought Yoda was infallible. Whatever he said had to be true. He’s a genius after all. So screw trying. It doesn’t matter when all’s said and done.
But I’ve been thinking. Is that really true? Can we totally discount the power and dignity in the good ol’ college try?
I don’t think so.
Yoda, I’m calling you out. After all the cryptic and profound stuff you say, well, you’re a dunce.
Sure, at the end of the day, we either do things, or we don’t. But it’s not that straightforward. I know, it may seem a bit second grade teacher-ish of me, but I think there’s something to said for giving your all even if you fail.
There’s respect in striving for something. There’s respect in throwing yourself so hard at something that you have nothing left to give. There’s respect in putting all your eggs in one basket, dedicating every part of yourself to accomplish some sort of goal. There’s respect in doing your best. There’s respect in trying.
So it isn’t, “Do or do not, there is no try.” It’s “Try, and do or do not with the satisfaction of trying your absolute hardest.”
You’ll achieve some goals, and you’ll miss others. But you should always take comfort from the fact that you fought like hell.
Yoda, you suck. No matter how dreamy-eyed it sounds, trying counts for something