5 Lessons ‘Star Wars’ Can Teach You About Being A Man

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In case you’ve been living under a rock (or under Jabba the Hutt), Disney bought the rights to “Star Wars,” and J.J. Abrams will helm a seventh film in the franchise. It’s awesome news, because George Lucas wasn’t exactly the best caretaker of his own work. But let’s remember Lucas for the good times–long before Jar-Jar Binks–back when he taught us all we know about being dudes…

1. Every Guy Needs A Wingman

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We all need a Chewie, that friend who’s always got our back, whether it’s fixing the hyperdrive or talking us up to women at the bar. The smoothest smuggler this side of Coruscant wouldn’t get very far without his bro.

2. You Gotta Go With Your Gut

There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to take a leap of faith. You just have to turn off the targeting computer and use the Force. Asking out that cute girl from class can’t be harder than blowing up the Death Star.

3. Never Judge A Book By Its Cover

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There is always more to someone than meets the eye. Your greatest friends will be the least likely. For example, a three-foot-tall ancient green dude who looks like a patient from the Muppet cancer ward.

4. Talent Does Not Equal Success

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A lot of people are born with innate advantages–ability to play sports, ability to play guitar, ability to play Jedi–but if you don’t apply yourself, you’ll never succeed. Anakin’s power was off the charts, but Obi-Wan sliced him up good on that lava rock. It’s not about the gifts you get, but how you develop them.

5. Never Leave A Man Behind

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Luke could’ve never foiled Vader’s plans if Han hadn’t come back for him. The moral of this story? Never leave your buddies behind, whether it’s frozen in a block of carbonite, or with that grenade at the bar. That’s not just the Jedi way; it’s Guy Code.

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