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Be More Yoda & Be More Vader

TFN Review: Be More Yoda & Be More Vader From DK

Posted by Adam on November 27, 2018 at 11:48 PM CST




Many years ago, I remember a poster titled "All I need to know about life, I learned from Star Wars" that contained multiple quotes from the Original Trilogy, with each providing some deep and meaningful words of wisdom.

Whether directly inspired by the poster or not, Christian Blauvelt has taken those and many more lines of dialogue to put together Be More Yoda and Be More Vader to encourage mindful and assertive thinking respectively.

We'll start by looking at Be More Yoda, which opens with an introduction that discusses the Jedi path to fulfillment, first asking the question "Do you ever feel like you're simply not living in the moment?", before elaborating on how you can attain true mindfulness by mimicking the Jedi Master.

The books features five areas, Seeking mindfulness, Overcoming obstacles, Finding mindful moments, Awakening your potential and Unleashing your mastery, all comprising five sub-sections, and each beginning with a brief description.

Among the topics covered are freeing your mind from distractions, believing in your abilities, planning for the future while not ignoring the present, appreciating the beauty around you and not being afraid to fail. While Yoda is the focus of this book, the guidance contained within relates to dialogue spoken by a multitude of characters that span the entire saga. Accompanied by the words that inspired it along with a picture of the credited individual, every piece of advice is then elaborated upon, interweaved with various Star Wars-themes and familiar scenes, offering real-world techniques to achieve the corresponding level of mindfulness.

Be More Vader is intended to provide advice on becoming more assertive and succeeding at work, with an introduction titled "The dark path to success". Starting out, Getting established, Seeking promotion, Working with colleagues and Becoming a leader are the five areas of this book, all of which are divided into five sub-sections that cover subjects such as perfecting your interview technique, controlling the conversation, insisting on proper recognition, making your expectations clear and terminating contracts with immediate effect. It stands to reason that the ideas promoted by Be More Vader are encouraged by the likes of those typically associated with naked ambition, be those either users of the Dark Side or leaders in the Empire or First Order.

While Be More Yoda provides some genuine insight and inspiration, the same cannot be said for Be More Vader, which, while written in an almost-identical manner, does not offer the same feel-good factor. Instead, it seems to come across as more tongue-in-cheek, given its proclivity to focus on approaches that are unlikely to be well-received in the workplace, albeit under the guise of genuine steps to being more assertive and mastering your career. Not surprising, given the individual concerned. That being said, if you simply follow the headings from each area and disregard the manner in which Vader would execute them, if you'll excuse the pun, there are some nuggets of truth that may help to serve you.

Be More Yoda & Be More Vader are both priced $24.99 in the U.S. and $31.99 in Canada and each would make a great gift idea with the holidays fast approaching!

As always, a big thanks to DK Canada, whose Star Wars books you can check out at here. For all of your monthly roundup of Star Wars publishing news, commentary, and discussion on the latest releases in the realm of novels, comics, and magazines, don't forget to listen to Jedi Journals.


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