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The struggle is real -- especially for students and recent grads.
I know because once upon a time I was a college student, and it wasn’t exactly fun. You have to juggle working with interning with studying with going to class and attempting to have a social life.
Then, you graduate, and you still find yourself poor and underemployed. It can suck. But eventually, if you keep on fighting through the suckiness, you’ll get past the crappy stage and into the prospering phase. I know this because I’ve made it past that hump. And if I can do it, you can do it.
One thing that got me through the bad times was motivational quotes. My thinking is that they can help you too. That’s why I collected a massive list of motivational quotes for students and recent grads. I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me.
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I love this inspirational quote by Michael Jordan because it's easy to forget that the more you do, the more you fail. As they say: "You win some. You lose most."
If you're not failing, then you're either not doing enough, and/or you're not challenging yourself enough.
Not only that, when you graduate and step into the real world, you won't have a syllabus or an academic calendar that tells you exactly what you can expect for every day of the year. That's a big deal. That fact alone is why you're going to fail a lot at first. Just remember it's a learning experience, and the more you practice, the more you'll succeed.
Seth Godin reminds us that the majority of people will try to shoot down our dreams. They'll poke holes in your work, your dreams and your ideas -- especially when you have little experience and are just starting out. Keep an open mind and listen to their suggestions, but don't let them deplete you or even stop you.
As one of my mentors always says: "You only need one yes." One day, you'll get that "yes," and you'll be so glad you didn't listen to the naysayers.
I think it is possible for an ordinary person to choose to be extraordinary.
When you think of Elon Musk, you probably think of a freakin' superhero. I don't blame you. He runs, like, nine ridiculously transformative, forward-thinking companies. How could anyone but a superhero do that, right?
Wrong. Musk reminds us that he is just an ordinary person who has chosen to be extraordinary. You can do the same. You should do the same!
So many of us overanalyze failures -- or what feels like failures -- over and over again in our heads. This is not good because then we begin to believe we are a failure.
In this quote, Tupac Shakur is telling us that just because something ends -- a job, a relationship, whatever -- life still goes on. You have the power to forget about it, and move the eff on.
We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but in life, you're going to face A LOT of disappointments. You may not get that dream job you wanted or your boyfriend might dump you or you might not get that dream job and your boyfriend might dump you simultaneously.
Whatever the disappointment is, you must remain hopeful because, after all, hope is what keeps us alive.
Traditions are like cliches. They are everywhere. They may sometimes even be correct, but often they are justified by nothing except constant repetition.
In the beginning of Peter Thiel's commencement speech, we learn he almost didn't become the founder of PayPal. Instead, he almost became a lawyer, but when he didn't get a coveted clerkship, he decided to give up being a lawyer, and instead, he founded PayPal.
This is what Thiel had to say about it:
“Looking back at my ambition to become a lawyer, it looks less like a plan for the future and more like an alibi for the present. It was a way to explain to anyone who would ask—to my parents, to my peers, and most of all to myself—that there was no need to worry. I was perfectly on track. But it turned out in retrospect that my biggest problem was taking the track without thinking really hard about where it was going.”
Some of you may be considering graduate school simply because you have no idea what the hell you want to do with your life. Most of the time -- unless you want to be a doctor or a lawyer -- more school isn't the answer. Figuring out what you're good at and what you enjoy doing is.
There will always be assholes in the workplace, which is why Tina Fey's quote is so important. You don't want jerks to get away with holding you back, but you also don't want them to make you miserable. What a quandary, right?
Fey's suggestion? Ignore them and reallocate all that pent up energy you would've spent hating them to positive energy you use to outperform them.
If you're neutral in situation of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
At work, you'll inevitably notice a lot of "yes men." Yes men just do as they're told. They don't ruffle feathers. And they never speak up -- even when they know something a superior is doing is wrong and hurting the business.
Please don't ever be one of these people, who either doesn't speak up or doesn't support someone who does speak up, when you know they're actually right.
Why? I want a steady paycheck you say, and so you'd rather not tell your boss he's wrong. I get it. I do. But there's safety in numbers. If you know something is wrong, speak up and/or stand up for the people who aren't afraid to speak up. Your voice can make a difference.
Success is making the people who believed in you look brilliant.
There are going to be people who believe in you and those who won't. When you find a mentor or a boss or even a friend -- anyone who believes for you, sticks up for you, gives you a job or a reference when you're inexperienced -- TLDR: Don't make them regret it. They took a chance on you, so you owe them your everything to be a success.
Don’t ever put yourself in the position to wish you could hop in a time machine.
Ray Allen really moved me in his "Letter to My Younger Self." His father was in the military because they moved a lot, and the kids made fun of him because he "talked like a white boy."
At the time, he felt pretty alone, so he focused all of his energy into basketball. Still to this day, he pretty much is alone, he admits. But, today, he's at peace with his life and happy.
When you're younger, life is all about fitting in, but when you're older, life is all about standing out. Standing out is how you land jobs, how you get paid more and how you make it to the top. So don't steer away from standing out. Embrace it.
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
I remember my first eBook, my first email campaign, and my first blog post, unfortunately. It's unfortunate because they all sucked. But here I am seven years later successfully doing these things without wanting to cry every time I do.
You have to be persistent. Great athletes don't become great players overnight. They persist. They keep going back to the court or the field. You know why? Because they love what they do.
Find something you love to do, and then don't stop doing it. Keep practicing.
You don't have to choose between doing good and doing well.
I wasted two years of my life pursuing business school, regardless of the fact that I sucked (and despised) at math. Business classes were all math all the time, and it made me delay doing my passion -- writing.
One day, I remember calling my father crying. I told him I couldn't take it anymore. I needed to study something I was good at -- writing. I was told him I thought I wanted to apply to journalism school. I'll never forget what he said to me:
"Lauren, do what you love, and the money will follow."
Don't tell him I said this... But he was right.
How many of you enrolled in a major that you're not good at or don't enjoy? Just stop. Take a moment to figure out where you are excelling in life, and think about giving that an honest try. You can and should make money doing what you love because then you will do great work.
You have to be odd to be No. 1.
This quote pretty much speaks for itself. (And Dr. Seuss was never a man of many words)
I saved the best for last: Steve Jobs.
"I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle."
Don’t settle, but also, don’t take Jobs’ quote the wrong way. It takes time to find the perfect career if there is such a thing. You have to take on less exciting gigs before you make it to Oz. If you don’t then you may never get there.
Keep testing different career paths and skill sets by freelancing. Apply to jobs for interview experience, but if it’s a job you won’t be happy at, or don’t feel right about (assuming you’re making money freelancing), then don’t accept the offer — even if it is for more money.
Don’t settle for a full-time job you hate. Hack freelancing until you know what it is that you want out of a career, which may not turn out to be an actual full-time, in-office gig.
Be a unicorn in a field of horses.
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Try to live everyday like Elle Woods after Warner told her she wasn't smart enough for law school.
For the weirdos who haven't seen Legally Blonde (and you should), Elle Woods applies (and gets into) Harvard after her ex-boyfriend, Warner, breaks up with her.
What Elle didn't know was that Warner had dumped her for a new, "more serious" girlfriend. Just when she was about to pack up and move home, devastated, she got mad.
By the end of the movie, she had won her first real law case and graduated as valedictorian of her class.
Yes, this is a movie, but it also has a little nugget of wise advice in it: Find an enemy.
That's what DJ Khaled does anyways. And as it turns out, so do a lot of successful people.
Want to know a funny thing about rich people?
You'd never know they're rich unless you were close to them. That's because rich people don't typically buy fancy cars -- if they even own a car. They don't make it rain on everyone in the club. They work. And they work a lot. And they save a lot -- that is, after all, how they got rich in the first place.
If you have massive dreams -- like to own a football team someday -- you have to plan and save for that far, far in advance. In the words of Gary Vaynerchuk:
Nobody -- unless they were a trust fund baby -- ever bought the Rams when they go skiing for a week when they're 24.
Some of you may be choosing a career you're not excited about -- in fact, a lot of you may be. Whether you're trying to please your parents or trying to keep a steady paycheck, remember that nothing in life is guaranteed.
You can work at the same job for 49 years, and one day, they could just fire you; give you one week of severance pay, and send you on your way. They may not even want to. Maybe the company got acquired or the company is not making enough money and needs to cut staff.
In life, you just never really know so take a logical chance on something you actually enjoy doing.
"If you can work 40 hours a week and be satisfied with what you have, more power to you. I definitely plan to work less than 40 hours a week during retirement. However, if you are complaining about life and why you don’t have enough money and only work 40 hours a week, you need to get your head checked. We live in a very competitive society and anybody who wants to be better than average can’t work 40 hours and expect to be more than they’re not."
Do people really only work 40 hours per week or less? That's a question that sends Financial Samurai into a rant that I can't help but agree with.
It's a great article. Read it.
The only way to get a promotion is to do your job well for a consistent period of time. Wash, rinse and repeat.
"Most importantly, if you can at all avoid it, don't be normal. Strive, burn and do everything you can to avoid being the industry standard. Even the highest industry standard. Be greater than anything anyone else has ever dreamed of you. Don't settle for pats on the back, salary increases, a nod-and-a-smile. Instead, rage against the tepidness of the mundane with every fiber of whatever makes you, you. Change this place."
You did not wake up to mediocre.
I urge each and every one of you to seek out projects that leave the world a better place than you found it. We used to design ways to get to the moon; now we design ways to never have to get out of bed. You have the power to change that.
Profit is the reward for correctly understanding an aspect of reality ahead of your peers.
The odds are never going to be in your favor, but if you keep playing you’re gonna win.
No matter which career you choose, in today's overly competitive market, you have to be a serial learner. Serial learners are naturally curious. They're great at Google. And they find blogs and influencers to follow and read on the reg.
There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.
Never bring your boss -- or anyone for that matter -- a problem without a potential solution. People will think you're a Negative Nancy and only see problems in things. Always offer a solution(s).
Take Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, for example. He didn't just hate taxi cabs and complain about it. He went out and designed his own solution.
"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."
Just because you have a college education does not make you entitled to success. You must have grit, persistance and determination.
This quote actually reminds me of a quote by Will Smith:
"The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I'm not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be out-worked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there's two things: You're getting off first, or I'm going to die. It's really that simple, right?"
It really is that simple. The harder you hustle, the more you win, and the more you win, the more you get.
You must learn how to learn. No one trains people anymore. You have to figure stuff out on your own. You want to be "problem solver." Bosses love problem solvers because they find solutions to their problems without bothering their bosses every two seconds.
Be proactive. Figure out what your boss needs to get done, then get it done... right. This isn't as difficult as it may seem. Just get really good at Googling, and make friends with a lot of people smarter than you.
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The world wants you to be vanilla.
"The most frequent life advice I give people is, be really careful who your friends are. Your friends should be better than you. Your friends should take you to new levels. A lot of people will just hang out with the same friends, and they don’t see that their friends are pulling them down. My mother used to tell me if you hang around with dogs, you become a dog. You’ve got to know when to find new friends."
For a long time, I tried to fit in with the wrong people -- "the cool kids." Today, those cool kids are still where they were in high school. They don't have careers. They're still waitressing. They're still partying until four in the morning.
If I kept hanging around with them, I'd be where they are -- nowhere.
So, yeah, choose your friends wisely.
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
The most common example of this mistake is job interviews.
When you walk into a job interview, remember the interview is a two-way conversation. You need to make sure they're also a good fit for you.
I won't go into the intricacies of negotiation, but you definitely should read about it here and here.
Don't be defined by what you didn't know or didn't do.
“Our twenties are the defining decade of adulthood. Eighty percent of life’s most defining moments take place by about age 35. Two-thirds of lifetime wage growth happens during the first ten years of a career. More than half of Americans are married or are dating or living with their future partner by age 30. Personality can change more during our twenties than at any other decade in life. Female fertility peaks at 28. The brain caps off its last major growth spurt. When it comes to adult development, 30 is not the new 20. Even if you do nothing, not making choices is a choice all the same. Don’t be defined by what you didn’t know or didn’t do.”
The above is no one's opinion. It is cold, hard facts.
Your twenties set the stage for the rest of your life. How well you do in your twenties is directly correlated to how well you'll do in your thirties and forties. If you don't take them seriously, you will wake up one day, and regret it.
Consider skipping that third Spring Weekend in a row, and consider taking on an internship or working as a volunteer. Whatever you do, don't forget to gain identity capital aka professional work experience.
Sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
It's hard to trust that everything happens for a reason when you don't get something you worked really hard for or wanted really badly. I know this because I haven't gotten a lot of things I've wanted in life. But as it turned out, things always worked out perfectly -- usually even better.
It's death to settle for things in life.
Nobody owes you anything. Remember that, and you'll be golden.
The quality of our lives depends on the quality of the decisions we make. We literally make millions of decisions that add up to the consequences that are our lives.
If you want better, go get better.
“Like is watered-down love. Like is mediocre. Like is a wishy-washy emotion of the content. Athletes don’t do it for the like of the sport. Artists don’t suffer for the like of art. There is no “I like NY shirt,” and Romeo didn’t just like Juliet. LOVE. Now that’s the powerful stuff. Love changes things -- upset things -- conquers things. Love is at the root of everything good that has ever happened and will ever happen.”
Take your broken heart, and make it into art.
Life is going to break your heart nine ways to Sunday. Don't let it break you though. Mope for a day, or even just an hour, and then drop all of your emotions into something productive.
Whether that's writing or learning Excel, it doesn't matter. Just find something to distract yourself from your broken heart. It works.
I'll leave you with this motivational video. I hope it motivates you as much as it motivates me. Good luck!
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Thomas Szasz: Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily.
Bill Vaughan: People learn something every day, and a lot of times it’s that what they learned the day before was wrong.
" Always do what you are afraid to do." - Ralph Waldo
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young." - Henry Ford
"A turtle makes progress when it sticks its neck out" - Anon
" Believe in yourself, be strong, never give up no matter what the circumstances are. You are a champion and will overcome the dreaded obstacles. Champions take failure as a learning opportunity, so take in all you can, and run with it. Be your best and don't ever ever give up." - Brad Gerrard
"Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements" - Napoleon Hill
"Did you know that the Chinese symbol for 'crisis' includes a symbol which means 'opportunity'? - Jane Revell & Susan Norman
"Don’t learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world" - Samuel Butler (1835–1902)
"Every artist was at first an amateur." - Ralph W. Emerson
"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb
"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got" - NLP adage
"If you find yourself saying 'But I can't speak English...', try adding the word '...yet' - Jane Revell & Susan Norman
"If what you're doing isn't working, try something else!" - NLP adage
"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." - Derek Bok
"If you know what you want, you are more likely to get it" - NLP adage
"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and made things happen." - Elinor Smith
"It's not just about looking and copying, it's about feeling too" - Paul Cezanne
"It's ok to try things out, to ask questions, to feel unsure, to let your mind wander, to daydream, to ask for help, to experiment, to take time out, not to know, to practise, to ask for help again - and again, to make mistakes, to check your understanding" - Jane Revell & Susan Norman
"Learning is never done without errors and defeat." - Vladimir Lenin
"Nothing we ever imagined is beyond our powers, only beyond our present self-knowledge" - Theodore Roszak
"One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he could not do." - Henry Ford
"One must have strategies to execute dreams." - Azim Premji, CEO Wipro Ind
"One must learn by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty, until you try." - Sophocles
"People learn more quickly by doing something or seeing something done." - Gilbert Highet
"Success comes in cans, failure in can'ts." - Unknown
"The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle." - Pierre de Coubertin
"Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself." - Chinese Proverb
"Too much credit is given to the end result. The true lesson is in the struggle that takes place between the dream and reality. That struggle is a thing called life!" - Garth Brooks
"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work." - Aristotle
" The only dreams impossible to reach are the ones you never pursue." - Michael Deckman
" There two types of people; the can do and the can't. Which are you?" - George R. Cabrera
"Whenever you feel like saying 'Yes, but....`, try saying instead 'Yes, and....'" - Jane Revell & Susan Norman
"Whether you think you can, or think you can't...you're right!" - Henry Ford
"Worry is misuse of the imagination" - Mary Crowley
"You haven't failed, until you stop trying" - Unknown
"You've got to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch onto the affirmative, don't mess with Mr In-between" - Popular song
Staying motivated is key to graduating college, getting a job, and achieving your dreams. We know sometimes it can be hard to stay motivated, which is why we’ve compiled 38 quotes from some of the world’s most inspiring individuals.
1. Procrastination is the thief of time. – Edward Young
2. There is no secret to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. – General Colin Powell
3. Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted. – David Bly
4. There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs. – Zig Ziglar
5. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out. – Robert Collier
6. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
7. It is well to remind ourselves that anxiety signifies a conflict, and so long as a conflict is going on, a constructive solution is possible. – Rollo May
8. Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X
9. A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. – David Brinkley
10. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank
11. Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. – Ralph Marston
12. You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. – George Lorimer
13. You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou, Conversations with Maya Angelou (1989) by Jeffrey M. Elliot
14. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs in his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address.
15. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day. Never lose a holy curiosity. … Don’t stop to marvel. – Albert Einstein
16. Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow’. – Mary Anne Radmacher
17. If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. – Vincent van Gogh
18. When you get to the end of the rope, tie a knot and hang on. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
19. Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. Vincent van Gogh
20. If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. – Nora Roberts
21. So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. – Christopher Reeve
22. It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. – Edmund Hillary
23. You can’t have a better tomorrow if you’re still thinking about yesterday. – Charles F. Kettering
24. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – C.S. Lewis
25. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. – Jimmy Johnson
26. Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. – Les Brown
27. Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. – Woody Allen
28. Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th. – Julie Andrews
29. Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. – Theodore N. Vail
30. Quality is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle
31. There are those who work all day. Those who dream all day. And those who spend an hour dreaming before setting to work to fulfill those dreams. Go into the third category because there’s virtually no competition. – Steven J. Ross
32. Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. – Christian D. Larson
33. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. – Jackson Brown Jr.
34. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it. – Washington Irving
35. All progress takes place outside of your comfort zone. – Michael John Bobak
36. Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. – Francis Chan
37. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all. – Dale Carnegie
38.Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. – Jim Ryun
Inspirational quotes for kids that will inspire students to do their best in school and in life. Only those who fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Being a student can be overwhelming.
You're trying to juggle work, studying for exams, homework, making it to class on time, and having a social life.
Sometimes you just want to catch a break, and you may even go through periods in which you want to quit altogether.
When you're so busy, with so many demands on your time and energy, it's hard to step back and assess everything that's going on.
Only when you finally hit the wall with stress or exhaustion do you realize you may be burning the candle at both ends, making you wonder if it's all worth the effort.
Where do you find the motivation and ambition to keep going when you feel burned out?
Sometimes you can be inspired by fellow students, a teacher or professor, or even your parents. Having a goal for your future can give you a reason for working hard and being disciplined with your school work.
But in the quiet of late night when you're alone with your thoughts and feelings, it's nice to have some words of wisdom to turn to when you're uninspired, unmotivated, or overwhelmed. The right inspirational words at the right time can give you the boost you need to galvanize your energy and charge forward.
Here are some motivational studying quotes that you can keep handy for those times when you need a mental or emotional boost.
Motivation and inspiration are a very important factor in school success. Students need to know why they are learning and feel a passion to absorb and understand the information.
Motivation is the need or drive that energizes a student's behavior toward success in school.
If the motivation can come from within the student, success is inevitable because of the joy and sense of satisfaction that will be gained from learning new material. Here are study quotes to inspire students to become intrinsically motivated to succeed.
1. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Og Mandino
2. “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” – Thomas J. Watson
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3. “You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing.” – Philippos
4. “People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” – Tony Robbins
5. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie
6. “To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like.” – Mike Gafka
7. “Success doesn’t come to you, you’ve got to go to it.” – Marva Collins
8. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” – Charles F. Kettering
9. “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” – John Maxwell
10. “I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand.” – Chinese Proverb
11. “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” – George Sheehan
12. “Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.” – Dr. David M. Burns
13. “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele
14. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Edward Everett Hale
15. “Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success.” – Virat Kohli
16. “The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.” – John C. Maxwell
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17. “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts
18. “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson
19. “If you want to succeed as much as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.” – Eric Thomas
20. “It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get back up.” – Vince Lombardi
21. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
22. “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It's quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that's where you will find success.” – Thomas J. Watson
23. “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn
24. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” – Vince Lombardi
Famous people have found success in some way and have uncovered the motivation within themselves to work toward their goals.
These motivational quotes for students from famous people can help you apply their mindsets and actions to your life as you strive to do the best you can in school.
25. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
26. “If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
27. “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success.” – James Cameron
28. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee
29. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X
30. “I've failed over and over and over in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
31. “There will be doubters, there will be obstacles, there will be mistakes. But, with hard work, there are no limits.” – Michael Phelps
32. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller
33. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso
34. “You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth
35. “Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel
36. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life — think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” – Swami Vivekananda
37. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley
38. “Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey
39. “If you're not stubborn, you'll give up on experiments too soon. And if you're not flexible, you'll pound your head against the wall and you won't see a different solution to a problem you're trying to solve.” – Jeff Bezos
40. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take.” – Wayne Gretzky
41. “Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” – Mary Kay Ash
42. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” – Robert Collier
43. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg
44. “Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller
45. “Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.” – Carl Bard
46. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure… but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.” – Francis Chan
47. “If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn
48. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
49. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
When your friends are out having a good time, or you're just so exhausted you want to veg out in front of the TV, it's daunting to pull out the books and begin studying for hours.
Studying rarely offers immediate gratification, only long-term results. So how do you find it within yourself to buckle down and get it done? These study quotes will motivate you and get you over the hump.
50. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou
51. “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
52. “Reading is to the mind, as exercise is to the body.” – Brian Tracy
53. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein
54. “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
55. “Preparation is the key to success.” – Alexander Graham Bell
56. “Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.” – Francis Bacon
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57. “Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.” – Don Marquis
58. “Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” – George Washington Carver
59. “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” – Stephen Hawking
60. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson
61. “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” – Newt Gingrich
62. “There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.” – Zig Ziglar
63. “Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You have to keep going.” – Chantal Sutherland
64. “Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.” – Stephen Hawking
65. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson
66. “Work as hard as you can and then be happy in the knowledge you couldn’t have done any more.” – Unknown
67. “Today a reader. Tomorrow a leader.” – Anonymous
68. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
69. “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Accordingly, a genius is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.” – Anonymous
70. “Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
71. “Be stronger than your excuses.” – Anonymous
72. “If people only knew how hard I’ve worked to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” – Michelangelo
73. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar
74. “The future belongs to the competent. Get good, get better, be the best!” – Brian Tracy
Teachers often know the best way to learn. They also know how to keep their students motivated to learn the material they are teaching.
Looking at learning from a teacher's point of view is a great way to fuel your fire to succeed in school. Here are some quotes from teachers of a variety of subjects that relate to motivation and success.
75. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
76. “Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life.” – Dr. APJ Kalam
77. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” – George Lorimer
78. “The expert in anything was once a beginner.” – Helen Hayes
79. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell
80. “Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.” – Dr. David M. Burns
81. “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” – B.B. King
82. “Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.” – Euripides
83. “We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.” – Lloyd Alexander
84. “Learning is never done without errors and defeat.” – Vladimir Lenin
85. “Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.” – Chinese Proverb
86. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
87. “The real key to learning something quickly is to take a deliberate, intelligent approach to your learning.” – Lindsay Kolowich
88. “What we learn with pleasure we never forget.” – Alfred Mercier
89. “Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.” – Shiv Khera
90. “Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds you down or polishes you up is for you alone to decide.” – Cavett Robert
91. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” – Richard Branson
92. “Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow.” – Albert Einstein
93. “Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” – James Joyce
94. “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” – Confucius
95. “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited.” – Plutarch
96. “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D'Angelo
97. “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.” – Mary Kay Ash
98. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills
99. “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A. Edison
As you read these quotes, recognize that they can be sources of guidance during your times of need and can motivate you in times of trouble. Neither success nor failure is finite. It is the motivation that you choose to have that makes the biggest difference.
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