Today might be the first day of Small Business Week, but it's also May 4th, aka Star Wars Day. So in the galactic spirit of not writing a serious blog post and celebrating both days, I present to you the eight quotes that prove Star Wars is really about small business.
And May the Fourth be with you.
“Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.” – Emperor Palpatine
If there’s one thing both Emperor Palpatine and entrepreneurs know, it’s that things go exactly to plan. All those predictions, numbers, projections, educated guesses … you know exactly what’s happening in your business galaxy and you’re totally confident in where it’s going. #nailedit
Oh, wait, is that not the case? I guess we shouldn’t rely on the Emperor’s foresight because [32-year-old spoiler alert] I’m pretty sure he dies in the movie.
“Don’t worry about Master Luke. I’m sure he’ll be all right. He’s quite clever, you know … for a human being.” – C3P0
Humans are cool and all, but if there were a rise of the machines there would be a few benefits. Namely, they would automate your business. Yeah, we’re sort of fans of automation around here, but there’s a limit to how much we mortals can do physically, intellectually, and emotionally. So let’s get a few droids and some automation software and let them do the work for us.
“I find your lack of faith disturbing.” – Darth Vader
Since starting, running, and growing a small business is so easy and immediately lucrative, everyone in your life immediately has faith in you, so maybe this one doesn’t apply.
Just kidding, friends—chances are you get questions about when you’re going to get a real job already or the slightly pitying “Has business picked up yet?” all the time. Not surprising if you want to get all Vader on those naysayers.
“Judge me by my size do you?” – Yoda
Sure, they call it “small” business, but you, Yoda, and I all realize that’s both an imprecise characterization (because what you’re doing is anything but small) and that when people mistakenly believe that your business is somehow more diminutive because of its size, well, they’re in for a big surprise.
And Yoda shows it’s all about the brand – he got past his appearance as a short, wrinkly green puppet with strange syntax and became known far and wide as a Jedi master. There’s probably a branding lesson or two in there.
Jerjerrod: I assure you, Lord Vader, my men are working as fast as they can.
Vader: Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them.
Ah, productivity, we’re all Jedis in that, right? And since we have our own motivations mastered, it’s so easy to motivate the people who work for us, isn’t it? Maybe we should all be taking management tips from Darth Vader, he seems to be pretty good at getting people to do stuff.
Princess Leia: Captain, being held by you isn’t quite enough to get me excited.
Han Solo: Sorry sweetheart. I haven’t got time for anything else.
It’s certainly a challenge to carry on romantic relationships when you’re saving the universe and/or running your own business. Entrepreneurs may have a bit of a reputation when it comes to relationships, but there are always ways to make it work.
“Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son.” – Darth Vader
Whether it’s being evil co-rulers of the galaxy or partnering at Mom and Dad’s accounting firm, there’s something so appealing about creating a business that becomes a family legacy. It might be a little harder to recruit your offspring if you fall to the dark side and they don’t, but there’s always a chance they could awkwardly fall in love with each other without knowing they’re siblings. Now that’s a family legacy.
Princess Leia: I hope you know what you’re doing.
Han Solo: Me too.
Pretty much this for everyone. All the time.