Try NOT! Do or do not..

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO 2004008944

Words of wisdom from Yoda in "Star Wars": "NO! Try NOT! Do or do not. There is no try." Yoda seemed to be telling Luke not to try. If his attitude was that of trying, Yoda's advice was simply, "NO! Try not."

I just love the sequence of the quote, because Joda first stopped Luke then went on to explain. In the years (oh my, I should say decades, I suppose) since I first saw the movie, I had morphed Yoda's advice into, "There is no try. Only do or do not." Yoda's actual sequence, however, is far better; and I'm going to try to remember it. "NO! Try NOT!" is an important way to set up the advice Yoda gives. First, stop what you are doing, including negative self-talk and doubt. Then, focus on your own resolve.

Kind of like Rhett Butler's parting words in "Gone With the Wind," the punctuation gives added meaning (speaking of another movie that I first saw decades ago). Rhett's final salvo is almost run-on, with hardly any pause or emotion as he looks down at the distraught Charlotte. "Frankly my dear I don't give a damn." His actual cadence and emphasis was somewhat less dramatic, perhaps, than "FRANKLY, my dear, I don't give a DAMN." The way he signed off showed a sense of resignation and washing of hands. No recrimination, no drama, no strong emotion, just resolve to walk away.

After making up their minds, Luke and Rhett both accomplished what they set out to do.



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Peg Barcelo
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Liz, I love it when people quote from movies and use it to illustrate something else! Awesome! Luke and Rhett, both had to rethink their strategies; great examples! Punctuation is often the key too! My husband alsways uses the sign 'no swimming'; he changes it to Italian style: No! (nodding) Swimming! :D

Jun 25, 2011 05:14 PM #1
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Thanks, Peg! Your husband has a good sense of humor!

Jun 25, 2011 05:20 PM #2
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Mike Mayer
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This was one of my favorite quotes from the movie. May the Force Be With You, Liz!

Jun 25, 2011 05:41 PM #3
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It is true that it is not about trying.  Trying is not the way we get things done.  It is doing.  Failure is not an option!

Jun 25, 2011 06:37 PM #4
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Mike~ And with you!
Jun 26, 2011 01:17 AM #5
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Yes, Tim, and you remind me of yet another great movie quote: "Houston, we have a problem." The ultimate answer to that problem was "Failure is not an option."

Jun 26, 2011 01:51 AM #6
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Bob & Leilani Souza
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Liz, I LOVE this scene! Thanks for bringing it back with your video snippet...and I totally agree with Yoda. :)

Leilani

Jul 01, 2011 12:44 PM #7
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Leilani~ You are welcome. May the force be with you!

Jul 01, 2011 04:47 PM #8
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Great show and great point! Something we all need to remember in real estate.

Jul 08, 2011 06:04 PM #9
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Sussie~ Those of us who are still standing in the real estate industry do know the meaning of DO! As the market improves, we will meet more and more of the "try"ers.

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