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I may be a jedi as per Luke Skywalker

This may be blasphemy for some. But here it goes. I like Star Wars, but don’t love it. I’ve only ever seen four films in the movie series, in the theatres. Those being Episode I: the phantom menace (which was horrible); Episode VII: The Force Awakens (which wasn’t horrible); Rogue One (which I loved); and Solo: A Star Wars Story (which wasn’t bad). The original trilogy was good(ish) but I cannot tell you with any confidence what happens in each. I do know the good lines (i.e. “I know”, “Luke, I am your father”) but I’m not obsessed.

With all that said, I will probably go see the soon to be released Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. With that said, I decided to watch the recently released trailer. In said trailer, there’s a voiceover from Luke Skywalker noting “Confronting fear is the destiny of a Jedi. Your destiny.” When I heard that statement, I wondered if he was talking to me. Yes, I brought it back to me. Didn’t think I would write just about the actual movie series, right? It’s not my favorite. Although, “funnily” my son’s name is in the Luke family. Go figure.

Yes, per Luke Skywalker I might be a Jedi. Confronting fear has been the cinder block of my life. And, is part of my own leadership style. Or so I hope it is. When asked about my leadership style as an executive, I have often noted servant leadership is what I strive for. However, the past two months I have changed that answer. I now say that I strive for courage leadership. So many leaders lack conviction. So many lack will. And, so many just aren’t leaders.

As a leader I hope to mentor and build up others for success. I am there to help them do what they need to do. But I also recognize that they need someone who will also stand tall and be willing to fail. From a young age, I have had to take chances in order to get to where I am at. It’s been a journey fraught with potholes, sinkholes, and crocodiles. As well as minefields. But along the way I have been lucky enough to have people in my life willing to throw me a lifeline. They have done so in part because I will pay it forward. But that too can require courage.

At some point, we all have to take a leap of faith and become a jedi. Now, here’s hoping that the Rise of Skywalker is itself a good and daring film.

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  2. I do not blame you for not liking some of the movies, originally the whole thing was inspired by Joseph Campbell.

    When George Lucas was in USC film school he was fascinated with the work of a Joseph Campbell, an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and the all-important ‘Hero’s Journey‘.

    His work covers many aspects of the human experience. His philosophy is often summarized by his phrase: “Follow your bliss,” advice we all need to take to heart. George Lucas stated, following the release of the first Star Wars film in 1977.

    You may have watched Campbell’s interview by Bill Moyers named the Power of Myth, filmed in part at Jorge Lucas Skywalker Ranch in California.

    The interview its far better than the movies, in my opinion.

    The reason it resonates with you its because as Campbell say it: We all Humans respond to the Power of Myth, since our life becomes the Hero’s Journey.

    Going back to the bad movies, well its Hollywood they get a successful movie, and they just keep at it making a whole series of them, and the original message get lost, and it all turns into special effects, and silly ideas to appeal to the market bottom line, which its to make tons of money, churning stale, and repetitive visions created by the idea of profit rather than talent, so it become a sausage factory, the reason why in Spanish we call bad movies ‘Churros’ 🙂

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