As a Star Wars fanboy and an amateur crafter who’s starting out, this listicle has been a mandatory post for me. I may be a little slow on jumping the Star Wars bandwagon but we are a slow living blog after all. “Do or do not. There is no try.” And not do, I shall. I shall not use this quote in the following. He may be small in size, he may have large green ears but he’s certainly very wise and powerful. Here are 8 lessons you can learn from Jedi Master Yoda about crafting.
1- “Patience you must have, my young padawan.” – Yoda
Patience is a crucial quality to have when you start picking up a craft. The first few attempts are never easy. Maybe you took an obscenely huge amount of time just to quilt a tiny piece of fabric. Maybe you pricked your fingers. But patience means being persistent. Patience means putting in the extra hours to hone your craft, especially when you think you suck at it. Patience is the belief that one day, your efforts will pay off eventually as long as you keep going at it.
2- “Control, control, you must learn control!” – Yoda
Once you overcome the frustrations of threading a needle or ensuring your weaves alternate perfectly, the next vital piece to master is control. Control over your tools and more so, control over your hands. Furthermore, research has shown that crafting has many benefits for cognitive and neurological processes.
3- “You must unlearn what you have learned” – Yoda
Unlearning is as important as learning when it comes to crafting. Too often we are fixated on doing things a certain way because we were taught to do so. Sometimes there may be a better way and to improve as a crafter we have to unlearn what we already know, so that we can learn a new and improved method.
4- “Always pass on what you have learned.” – Yoda
I have met many crafters who produced amazing work. But when I asked if they run workshops or give classes, they often reply that they are good enough or they have so much more to learn. Personally I think teaching is a great way to learn as well! I know that the learning never ends but it’s important that we pass on what we have learned. If you are not fully confident yet, you can choose not to charge for classes. Why not start a Meetup group and share your knowledge with fellow enthusiasts? Another good place for crafters to teach is the Meet Your Maker(s) workshop series! Run a class in the heart of Singapore and pay no rental at all. Apply here now!
5- “Luke: I can’t believe it. Yoda: That is why you fail.” – Yoda
Here’s another piece of advice on confidence and faith. It’s important that we keep faith, believe in our work and keep striving for excellence. No craft is too small or insignificant. Share your passion, your story and your work with the rest of the world now.
6- “Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future..” – Yoda
This probably applies to everything in life. But if you are crafting or teaching crafts for a living, spotting trends and riding on them are useful skills to have. But it’s not something easily achievable as Yoda has wisely pointed out. Always be on the lookout on sites such as Pinterest, Buzzfeed and even 9GAG to be updated on what’s hot and what’s not. Also, sites like Google Trends are also definitely useful, allowing you to gauge interest for a particular topic. This information might be what you need before deciding which craft you would like to foray into, market, or conduct workshops for.
7- “Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.” – Yoda
I think this is very applicable as change is the only constant and we need constantly adapt and innovate to be better. As motivational speaker Les Brown once mentioned, “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears”. We have to remind ourselves that our fear is simply a choice. It is not tangible, because it is a byproduct of our very own thoughts. Also refer to advice #3.
8- “Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.” – Yoda
Lastly, do not be afraid to release your inner child. Sometimes that’s the spark of creativity you need to push the boundaries and create amazing things.