Greedo started the day wrong. Seriously. Why did he wear that burnt orange vest? Why did he think that was a good idea?
If you own a business, co-founded a business, or are a freelancer – there’s a lot of talk about “mindset”. It hits you everywhere you turn. You have to change your employee mindset to go to a business owner mindset. You need to change your mindset to feel your value and charge more. You need to change your mindset from feeling rushed and like you never have enough time, to seeing time as something you always have. You need to change your mindset to feel like you have abundance.
It goes on. And on. And on. At times you feel like you are never good enough. Then you remember you need to change your mindset about that too. It’s appealing – the thought that you can have a whole new life by changing how you perceive others and yourself. It’s also a lot harder than it sounds, which is why people often try to change it, but don’t succeed in anything permanent.
One of the more common mindset changes talked and written is the ability to be more confident and motivated. There are superficial hacks and deeper, long-lasting rewiring to do. But along the lines of hacks is the way you dress.
Long before COVID-19 entered this world, there were those of us who worked from home all the time. We got up, went to the kitchen to have breakfast and caffeine, and walked a few more steps to our office. Our commute was horrendous. It was very easy to not get dressed and stay in sweats or pyjama’s all day. But most work-from-homers realized after a while that this was just NOT beneficial to your mindset.
You’re too comfortable. Because we have changed our clothes every morning since we started school at a young age, maybe even before that, we have had a mental transition that comfortable clothes are for lounging around with no brain power needed. This has gone through our lives from grade school, to college (even though there were probably a few days or weeks in college where going to class in pj’s was relished), and then when we started working in the real world. When you don’t change your clothes when working from home, your work productivity drops. You don’t focus as well. You don’t get as much done. In fact, I learned within a year of running my business at home that I had to change my outfit before working and wrote about it here.
What does this have to do with Greedo? Am I writing a business blog post or a Star Wars blog post?
This has EVERYTHING to do with Greedo. The poor Rodian dressed in an ill-colored vest and went out that day on a mission for Jabba the Hutt to capture Han Solo (or his ship). He was already wearing a bizarre jumpsuit, why did he need to throw that vest on top?
My friends, Greedo’s vest was his demise. You cannot leave the house in a vest like that and feel confident in your mission. This is not a vest that you can feel productive in. Greedo had a mindset problem as soon as he thought that vest was a good idea.
Perhaps he never meant to wear that vest. Maybe instead he had in mind a slick dark, metallic grey or blue vest. That would have been way more suave and brought out the beautiful stars that Rodian’s have in their eyes. He would have been the 007 of Rodians in that kind of a vest, even with that corny jumpsuit. Maybe this vest I’m envisioning was tucked behind a box on his ship, splattered in blood from an older mission and he had yet to wash it. So instead he rummaged through his clothing stash and pulled out this disgusting, lousy vest thinking, “Well, it’ll have to do. Should have washed the other one when I had the chance.” And he leaps off his ship, into the blinding Tatooine sun feeling just a little less like himself, a little less confident.
That, my friends, is the real reason Greedo met his end in the Mos Eisley Cantina. It was a mindset problem.
Those were my thoughts as I worked on our first Fan Art Friday in a year…I randomly chose this picture of Greedo and tried to incorporate as much of that wacky vest into the coloring as I could. I liked the way this picture turned out, though I thought his eyes were wonky. I couldn’t figure out what they were trying to do with them. I left them white because I couldn’t make a decision on if I should color them all black, or half black, and then how would that look if they were half black? Was some of it an eyelid? I regret not doing some of them black because now it just looks weird.
I enjoy mandalas! I really think I like them more than the character photos because it gives me a greater chance to be creative and combine colors and try different textures.
Happy friyay friends!
Don’t forget to go check out Mei-Mei’s rendition of this. We do this together, in tandem, and compare/contrast what each other has done. It’s really fun to see how they differ and see whose we like better (or maybe I’m the only one that turns it into a competition XD).