I think Yoda is pretty cool, but this quote perpetuates perfectionist mentality. It implies that we should only ‘do’ if we are assured of success and that there’s no point in trying if we end up stuffing it up. It’s important for ourselves and for those around us that we try; that we give it a shot even if we are unsure of the outcome. Sometimes we will succeed and sometimes we will fail. Success and failure are both significant for our growth. But neither should be the reason for which we ‘do’ or ‘do not’. If we ‘do’, it should be because we believe in the purpose behind what we are doing; little or big. If we ‘do not’, it should be because it’s necessary to say “no” right now to avail ourselves to higher priorities. If there’s something in your heart but you’re worried about screwing it up, TRY away! And TRY hard! If you fail, TRY again. The opportunity to learn from our failures is a gift and privilege worth TRYING for.
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