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“The greatest teacher failure is.” – Yoda
One of the saddest things about the original trilogy ending was the death of Yoda. This beloved character lived out his entire 900 plus year life and finally old age caught up with him. Not only were we sad to see this powerful wrinkled green Jedi master become one with the Force, but we were now not going to get anymore wise and insightful quotes from him.
Turns out, that thinking was wrong. Yoda made a surprise appearance in The Last Jedi when he came to visit Luke on Ahch-To as a Force ghost. Apparently, Yoda had a few more sage pieces of advice to give to his former pupil. The one that resonates the most is this gem, “The greatest teacher failure is.” That is a short but powerful line, that is so true.
While it is hard to accept failure. the truth is, it is the best learning tool there is. When we fail and go back and look at what led us to that failure, we can then change our actions to arrive at a different outcome.
Luke failed with Ben, and Yoda came to make sure he doesn’t make the same mistake with Rey. Letting Luke know it is okay to fail, and learn from that mistake, helped him get out of the depression he was in that led him to believe that self-isolation was the best choice for him. Yoda himself was no stranger to failure, having lost his own student Count Dooku to the dark side.
This is a philosophy that anyone can apply to their daily lives. We often fail at work, as parents, as spouses, and learning from those mistakes and becoming a better employee, father or mother, and husband or wife is how we truly grow as people.