What can Yoda teach you about farming? Apparently, a lot. It turns out the wisdom of your favourite Jedi Master is pretty far-reaching. Below are six lessons from the little green fella that will resonate with your farming operation:
1. “Do or do not…there is no try.” – Yoda
Limbo is a party game, not a state of being. Sometimes you just need to leap. If
you’ve always wanted to farm, do it. Think differently, find a way and go forward
with purpose and intention. Trying is an important part of learning, but doing so
with full effort is the key.
2. “Much to learn, you still have.” – Yoda
You will never be too smart or too good at something. There will always be
someone better than you at certain things. So stir things up, leave your comfort
zone, don’t listen to the status quo. There is always room to grow and a way to
improve on your systems. Be a forever learner, because it’s never too late to learn
3. “Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.” – Yoda
Often, our fears can be so powerful they halt us into inaction. Letting go of our fears
means that they cannot control us, they have no say in our story. If you are ever
afraid to try a new way or implement a new practice into your operation ask
yourself “What have I got to lose?” The answer may just be “Fear, itself.”
4. “All his life has he looked away…to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind
on where he was. On what he was doing.” – Yoda
Sometimes we think so much about how much better our lives and operations could
be that we forget how good they already are. Try not to get caught up in chasing the
next best thing. Instead, focus on what makes you great right now. Spend time in
the moment. Be present. It will allow you to enjoy life and experience happiness.
5. “Always pass on what you have learned.” – Yoda
One skillful person is strong, but many skilful people together can accomplish
greatness. The knowledge and wisdom you have gained first hand as a farmer holds
great power – don’t let it end with you. Passing on your knowledge is one of the
greatest gifts you could ever give, to your family, the next generation and humanity.
6. “If no mistake you have made, losing you are. A different game you should
play.” – Yoda
If you’re too afraid to take risks and make mistakes, it’s very difficult to learn
anything. Farming is filled with risk, you will absolutely make mistakes along the
way. It’s okay. Mistakes help us to learn. Challenges push us to become better.