Every Star Wars film is packed full of sage advice for younglings, from Obi-Wan Kenobi’s ghostly maxims to Yoda’s gnomic utterances. By Adam Smith

From tiny acorns

Luke Skywalker starts out as a frustrated farm-boy from the planet Tatooine, pretty much the interstellar equivalent of Croydon, dreaming of an apparently impossible life fighting the Empire. A mere 121 minutes later (or 125 if it’s theStar Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope special edition) he’s the saviour of the Rebel Alliance, and being rewarded with a big parade, medals and John Williams’ loudest bits. So dream big.

Failing is part of succeeding

Even an apparent wipeout is just a step to eventual success. As Obi-Wan Kenobi says to Darth Vader during their climactic lightsaber duel: “Strike me down and I will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine…”  What doesn't kill you makes you stronger then. And even if it does kill you, you can always come back for sequels as a ghost.

No fewer than three characters in the Star Wars movies advise to 'search your feelings' in moments of high drama

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know

Networking seems to be the key to personal and professional advancement, even among Jedi younglings. When Luke needs to train it’s his new mentor Obi-Wan who knows exactly who to contact: his own former teacher Yoda. So kids, work those contacts.

Trust your instincts

No fewer than three characters in the Star Wars movies advise to “search your feelings” in moments of high drama, so it’s obviously a much trusted mantra for George Lucas. Well, perhaps. Given that Lucas was convinced Jar Jar Binks was a good addition to the franchise, this piece of Star Wars wisdom must be treated with scepticism.

Good friends can make the difference

Friendship is one of the Star Wars movies greatest themes: Luke’s testy but growing relationship with Leia; Han Solo’s deep, easy friendship with his Wookiee co-pilot Chewbacca; C-3PO and R2-D2’s affectionate sparring. But you can’t really imagine Darth Vader heading down the Crossed Lightsabers to sink a few pale ales with Grand Moff Tarkin after work. And they lose. QED.

Don’t be overconfident

A bit of early success can easily go to a youngster's head, leading to dangerous overconfidence. Trying to shake off some pesky Imperial TIE Fighters, Luke Skywalker triumphantly shoots one down leading to Han’s immortal, and very wise response: “Great, kid. Don’t get cocky.”

Space escape: Han, Leia, Chewbecca and C-3PO in The Millenium Falcon Credit: Kobal

Ignore people who say ‘you can’t’

“Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating this asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1!” shiny fusspot droid C-3PO witters to Han Solo as the Millennium Falcon races into apparently certain oblivion. “Don’t tell me the odds,” is Han’s snappy comeback. The lesson: sometimes taking risks pays off. Apart from the other 3,719 times, obviously.

Don’t judge by appearances

“Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not,” a cantankerous Yoda informs Luke when the aspirant Jedi remarks on his mentor’s restricted height. Fair comment, given the titchy chartreuse sage won an MTV award for best fight against Christopher Lee’s Count Dooku in 2003. And while the Millennium Falcon might look like an intergalactic junk-pile, her temperamental hyperdrive gets the gang out of many a scrape.

Fear is the enemy

Possibly Yoda’s most famous and quoted maxim is: “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” No arguing there.

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