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CAREER DEVELOPMENT / APR. 05, 2016
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Career Lessons From Han Solo

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If you unfamiliar with Han Solo then shame on you…you horrible human being. Although I loathe you, I will enlighten you as it is my duty as a Star Wars fan. Han Solo is the rogue smuggler played by Harrison Ford that aligns himself with the rebel alliance who’s goal is to destroy the Galactic Empire. Got it? No! You know what? Just go watch the damn Star Wars movies. For the more enlightened among you, here are some career lessons you can learn from Han Solo.

See Also: 9 Facts About Star Wars You Didn’t Know

“Never tell me the odds!”

If you haven’t figured out yet, my intention is cram as many Han Solo job-related quotes into this article as possible, this one is obviously about not psyching yourself out and not allowing obstacles defeat you. Sure you might be fighting an uphill battle but, at least, you’ll give it your best in your egregious ignorance.

“Great, kid. Don’t get cocky.”

Humility is the only way to grow, if you feel like you know everything and that you’re always right, you’ll never grow, evolve or get a promotion. Just to reinforce the fact that cockiness is to be avoided, you know what will make your co-workers hate you more than liver and peanut-butter sandwiches? Cockiness, no one likes a smug narcissist without any perception of their own limitations…oh, they do?

"Laugh it up, fuzzball!"

Although not something that can necessarily be taken as career advice, it’s bound to elicit a laugh in the break-room when directed to an exceptionally hairy co-worker. Also, it will probably cause the aforementioned hairy co-worker to start weeping.

"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."

No matter what the circumstances any situation and conflict can easily be resolved with a blaster. That is, of course, if you can find or create one.

"Look, I ain’t in this for your revolution, and I’m not in it for you, princess. I expect to be well paid. I’m in it for the money”

This a great lesson in conflict resolution, if someone has taken up a cause at work and is trying to disrupt the status quo, avoid it like the plague. Administration hates anything that disrupts the status quo, so no matter how amazing the cause is (we all want Twinkies in the vending machine and the destruction of the Evil Emperor) just remind yourself why you are there…for the money. It definitely isn’t for the complete lack of Twinkies in the vending machine.

“Sorry sweetheart, I haven’t got time for anything else.”

This quote is all about the need to prioritise. We all get bogged under (often by our own ambitions to take on more responsibilities) but at some point you have to draw a line in the sand and say, I have to get this done, and I can’t under any circumstances take on more work. Administrators will regale you for knowing your limits and co-workers will swoon at your devil may care disposition.

“I’m like a machine. I’m a robot. You cannot offend a robot.”

Finally, don’t take things personally, do what you’re supposed to do and accept that sometimes people have bad days and lash out at the people closest to them. It may be a Kanye West quote, but it seems fitting and funny.

See Also: 3 Star Wars Secrets to Awaken Your Force

Is there a beloved Solo quote that I left out? Let me know in the comment section below.

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