Five Leadership Lessons From ‘Star Wars’

The “Star Wars” universe has plenty to teach when it comes to leadership, its pitfalls and challenges. For one, what are the mistakes committed by the Emperor and Darth Vader during their time as leaders of the Galactic Empire? Here are five leadership lessons straight from the Jedi, according to Forbes.

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Let go of your fear

Yoda once uttered these words: Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose. There’s great truth on this, as being loss averse is a major factor in the decision-making process. According to studies, people would actually prefer avoiding a loss than acquiring a gain.

Approach tasks with success in mind

Remember Yoda’s more famous words – “Do or do not. There is no try” – and how it emphasizes the truth that you cannot expect to be successful at all times? It proves beneficial, however, to approach tasks with a confident mindset and good expectations for yourself.

Be mindful of the present

Distraction comes so easy these days with technology, but it is important to work hard to ignore them and focus on the tasks ahead of you as a leader.

Don’t let emotions cloud your judgment

Do not ignore your emotions, Vulcan-style. They can guide you in your mission, but can also get the best of you and cloud your judgment. Act based on the best available data, and constantly seek feedback from people who matter.

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Believe in your cause

Data and experience may not always suffice when you’re embarking on a new journey, such as a new brand or venture. What Obi-Wan Kenobi told Luke Skywalker is this: let go of the conscious self and act on instinct. Trust that you can do it.

David Berkowitz of Chicago is a certified film buff and lists ‘Star Wars’ as one of his favorite films. For more big-screen gems, check out this page.

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The Best Air Jordan Models Of All Time

Michael Jordan was the face and the symbol of the NBA. He was considered one of the best basketball players who walked the face of the earth, and giving him a shoe line was just a simple form of acknowledging that fact. A few decades later, the Air Jordan remains a locker room staple. Here are the best (and perhaps, most coveted) Air Jordan models of all time.

Air Jordan I: Before the Air Jordan came into the picture, the NBA had a rule that players should only wear white basketball shoes. These colorful sneakers gave basketball a new twist and changed the game forever. Mike was fined $5,000 every time he wore these iconic kicks to the game.

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Air Jordan II: Mike wore these sneaks after winning his first Slam Dunk competition. It was also the first Nike sneaker that did not have its logo. Cool, right?

Air Jordan XIII: This pair has great cushioning, which works well for those tired feet. It had a cool hologram and was used by Mike during his final season in the NBA.

Air Jordan III: This pair is known to be MJ’s favorite pair out of the whole line. Air Jordan III was the first pair designed by Tinker Hatfield and was the first Jordans to feature the Jumpman logo.

 

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Air Jordan XI: These stylish, shiny, and classy sneakers are the first to showcase patent leather. MJ wore it after returning from his first retirement from the NBA.

Hi there, I’m David Berkowitz; a Chicago Bulls fan and indie film production designer. Check out my blog for more on MJ, film, and basketball.

Star Wars: Three Reasons The Originals Will Always Be Better Than The Prequels

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There has been very little debate as to which half of the Star Wars episodes are better. An overwhelming majority will always pick the original trilogy (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi) over the prequel trilogy (Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith). Here are three reasons the originals were superior.

The dialogue in the original trilogy stayed consistent and it didn’t try too hard. Luke sounded like a whiny teenager at times because he was in fact, a whiny teenager who wanted to see the rest of the galaxy. That was his dream. Anakin started off as a little jerk who thought he knew everything, the kind of kid everyone would find annoying at children’s parties. Annie grew up to be a Jedi, which was when he decided to be a whiny teenager. Why? Because the girl he had a crush on wanted him to wait a while longer.

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There was a sense of urgency in the original trilogy that the prequels overexposed. When someone in the original trilogy activated a lightsaber, and the audience hears that sound and sees that beam of light, people knew something galaxy-changing was about to go down. Lightsaber scenes in the originals were few and far between, emphasizing the importance of the role of the sword in the story. The prequels had too many lightsabers and too many scenes with them in it, diminishing significance of the ultimate weapon in Star Wars lore. Good job George.

The cast of characters in the originals were a fun bunch. Sure the prequel trilogy had a ton of Jedis and a band of bad-ass Sith Lords, but they didn’t have Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, and all those other characters that gave an extra, enjoyable dimension to all that galactic strife.

David Berkowitz loves everything about film. He currently works in a film production company in Los Angeles, CA. To learn more about David and movies in general, read his blogs here.