Yoda said “Do or Do Not, There is No Try”. Was Yoda Right?

One of the most famous lines from the Star Wars Trilogy. “Do or do not there is no try” said by Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back. Was Yoda right? I will explain my take just follow along.

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Why did Yoda say this?

Spoiler alert if you haven’t seen the movie this part may not make much sense. In the movie Yoda was training Luke. It cam to a point where Yoda asked a difficult task or so Luke thought. So he said to Yoda ‘”I’ll Try” and Yoda Responded in his way “Try Not, Do or Do Not, There is no try” In essence he was telling Luke that there are only two results you either accomplish your goal or you don’t. Trying doesn’t exist.

Is this just some silly quote from a movie with no real relevence?

I know we are all thinking this but to be honest this is a very profound quote. The writers of Star Wars knew what they were doing when they used this line. Think about this for a minute do or do not. This gives only two options. There is no middle ground. There is no try. This is somewhat accurate in a certain context which ties the whole thing together.

Let me explain. I am not saying that trying doesn’t exist but I am saying and I believe this is what Yoda was trying to convey to Luke. Often times when we are faced with challenges we say “I will try my best” this gives us an out if we fail and actually sets us up for failure. If we fail we simply tell ourselves it is ok we tried. In order to be successful we need to ACTUALLY try. By that I mean we go in with the attitude that we are going to do it and we then push ourselves to try harder until we succeed.

In order to accomplish our goals we need to believe that there is only one option and that is success.

Yoda said Do or Do Not. I say the only option is DO. We tend to forget sometimes just how amazing our mind is. If we beleive that we will accomplish our goals then we will. We can’t give ourselves an out or we will end up taking that out. I will give you an example from my own life.

I am currently a member of Wealthy Affiliate. This is the platform I have chosen to launch my online business. Now when I first started I had no doubts that I would be successful. I wrote content promoted it and kept pushing forward because I knew I was going to make it work. Then one day I got discouraged and decided to back off because I felt I would never get where I wanted. Now almost 8 months later I am back and nothing will stop me this time.

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If I had continued posting durring those 8 months at 1 article a week I would have 32 more articles published and my Google Rank would be higher and I may have even made some affiliate sales already. Once you let doubt creep in you can cripple yourself and then it takes time to recover.

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Doubt is the enemy of success.

Let’s look back at the scene. Yoda told Luke to move the ship with the force. All Luke could think about was how big the ship is and that he could not possibly lift that much. Yoda saw a diffeent picture. He knew it could be done there was no doubt in his mind.

I know this is just a movie and there is no such thing as “The Force”. However the concept is still the same. When we dream of being rich or successful we sometimes feel like it is beyond us because we don’t have the knowledge or the ability. We think that the task is too difficult so we ‘try’ and we don’t really believe. Then there are those who just know they can do it so they move forward believing and they succeed.

Just a few minutes later Yoda summed it up for Luke. When Luke gave up Yoda himself lifted the ship and set it on land. Upon seeing this Lukes response was “I Don’t Believe It!” to which Yoda replied “That is why you fail” It could not be more clear.

It is time to tie this all back into reality.

ok we have had our Star Wars Nustalgia for the day. Time to come back to reality. How can we take these lessons and apply it to our own goals and dreams. I am going to use my own goal of Making Money Online with Affiliate Marketing as my example because that is what this blog is about.


The picture above says it all. A friend of mine showed me this. If you take the word attitude and use the corresponding number for each letter 1 being A to 26 being Z as I have shown above it adds up to 100. Your Attitude determines your success 100% of the time. I may not be the best writer on planet earth. Nor am I really good at marketing. However I KNOW I will succeed. So my brain needs to make my belief a reality because the brain can not lie. So If I believe I am successful in affiliate marketing my brain is going to make that a reality by pushing me to learn and take action.

So there we go. Now it is time for you to decide. Are you going to take what you have learned here and Do make your dreams a reality or are you going to do not. The choice is 100% yours.

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  1. Md. Asraful Islam

    What a great deal of information that you have given out in this awesome and interesting article I must give you a big thumbs up. I encountered an article like this on the internet and it changed my knowledge about Yoda Word and gave me a new system to approach it…What he said really applies to everyone. People have to decide exactly what to do or not to do. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  2. Lucas Moore

    HAHAHAHAHA i remember the scene with which that statement do or do not was said. our goals in life are essential and if we find them essential then there is every need to pursue them until the goal is achieved. i am going to learn to stop trying and actually making it work. thank you for pointing this out

  3. Jay

    Never watched this movie before and honestly you really spoiled stuffs for me with this spoiler you gave here. Well, I think the movie is very nice and maybe it would be nice for me to be able to get and watch this. That quote is not something I understand though.

    • Patrick


      I appologize for the spoiler. The Star Wars Series is still worth watching because this scene is a very small part of the movie. 

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