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30 Motivational Quotes To Remind You To Believe In Yourself

30 Motivational Quotes To Remind You To Believe In Yourself

Every once in a while, when I need little reminder of what I’m capable of achieving, I like to find a good quote to bring my spirits up.

Here I’ve collected 30 motivational quotes which will remind you to believe in yourself, even when the going gets tough.

1. Stay true to who you are.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde

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    2. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve waited, there’s always time to make a change and strive for more.

    It is never too late to be what you might have been.  ― George Eliot

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      3.Don’t get stuck worrying about what you’ve missed out on, instead, open up your eyes for the new opportunities right in front of you.

      When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. ― Helen Keller

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        4. Don’t get overwhelmed by your goal if it seems to big. Focus on that one small step you can take first.

        The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. ― Confucius

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          5. You can’t chose what life throws at you, but you can chose how you respond.

          I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. ― Maya Angelou

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            6. You talents and abilities will improve over time, but you’ve got to start somewhere.

            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.

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              7. It’s okay to be afraid of failing, you just can’t let it stop you from trying.

              In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.- Bill Cosby

              8) Be motivated by your desire to prove the naysayers and cynics wrong.

              A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. – David Brinkley

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                9. Success isn’t about not failing, it’s about bouncing back after you fail.

                I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom. – George S. Patton

                10. You have to understand that you can’t have success without first experiencing failure.

                I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan

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                11. Your most important education, isn’t happening inside of a classroom.

                Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. – Jim Rohn

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                  12. You’re bound to hit rough patches in life, but if you don’t keep pushing forward, you’ll get stuck in the rough patch far longer than you need to.

                  If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

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                    13. It doesn’t really matter what other people think you should be doing with your life. All that matters is that YOU know what you’re doing with your life.

                    I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want. – Muhammad Ali

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                      14. Success doesn’t just fall in your lap. You have to get up, do the work, and go find it.

                      Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. – Kyle Chandler

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                        15. Sometimes you have to do something you hate, in order to achieve something you love.

                        You’re not going to enjoy every minute of the journey, but the success you’ll find at the end will make it all worth it.

                        I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ – Muhammad Ali

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                        16. What good is being a success at something you don’t care about?

                        It’s better to be happy doing something you love, even if you don’t find success right away.

                        I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. – George Burns

                        17. You can recover from a failure, but it’s hard to forgive yourself for never trying in the first place.

                        Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. – George Edward Woodberry

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                          18. Everyone starts out as an amateur, but it’s only those who keep trying that become true successes.

                          Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting. – Christopher Morley

                          19. Just because you failed at accomplishing something, doesn’t mean you’re a failure as a person.

                          Remember that failure is an event, not a person – Zig Ziglar

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                            20. If you’re not failing at anything, chances are you’re not succeeding at much either. The two go hand in hand.

                            If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative – Woody Allen

                             21. Sometime you have to take a leap of faith to find success.

                            You can’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machine. – Flip Wilson

                             22. The more you try, the better you get. So instead of worrying, just get started and you’ll eventually figure things out.

                            The more we do, the more we can do. – William Hazlitt

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                            23. If you wait for the perfect timing, you’ll end up waiting forever. It’s better just take what you’ve got, and get started.

                            Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. – George Herbert

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                              24. If you want to be a resilient, tough, and irrepressible person, you’ve got to try, fail, and try some more.

                              Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. – Helen Keller

                              25. You’re more than capable of finding success, but it will only happen after you put in the work.

                              The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vince Lombardi

                              26. Don’t give up, because you’re probably much closer to success than you realize.

                              Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas A. Edison

                              27. Your potential and ability to succeed is not confined by your current situation. You’re more than your current circumstances.

                              The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. – Mark Caine

                              28. Success doesn’t always involve hitting a home run. Most of the time, is just about showing up, every single day.

                              Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out. – Robert Collier

                              29. Experience, knowledge, and skill don’t always go hand in hand with success. Sometimes your lack of experience is your best asset.

                              Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. – Anonymous

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                                30. If you let your fear of failure stop you from trying, you’ll miss out on far more than had you just failed in the first place.

                                The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one. – Elbert Hubbard

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                                7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

                                7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

                                Recruiters might hold thousands of interviews in their careers and a lot of them are reporting the same thing—that most candidates play it safe with the questions they ask, or have no questions to ask in a job interview at all.

                                For job applicants, this approach is crazy! This is a job that you’re going to dedicate a lot of hours to and that might have a huge impact on your future career. Don’t throw away the chance to figure out if the position is perfect for you.

                                Here are 7 killer questions to ask in a job interview that will both impress your counterpart and give you some really useful insights into whether this job will be a dream … or a nightmare.

                                1. What are some challenges I might come up against this role?

                                A lesser candidate might ask, “what does a typical day look like in this role?” While this is a perfectly reasonable question to ask in an interview, focusing on potential challenges takes you much further because it indicates that you already are visualizing yourself in the role.

                                It’s impressive because it shows that you are not afraid of challenges, and you are prepared to strategize a game plan upfront to make sure you succeed if you get the job.

                                It can also open up a conversation about how you’ve solved problems in the past which can be a reassuring exercise for both you and the hiring manager.

                                How it helps you:

                                If you ask the interviewer to describe a typical day, you may get a vibrant picture of all the lovely things you’ll get to do in this job and all the lovely people you’ll get to do them with.

                                Asking about potential roadblocks means you hear the other side of the story—dysfunctional teams, internal politics, difficult clients, bootstrap budgets and so on. This can help you decide if you’re up for the challenge or whether, for the sake of your sanity, you should respectfully decline the job offer.

                                2. What are the qualities of really successful people in this role?

                                Employers don’t want to hire someone who goes through the motions; they want to hire someone who will excel.

                                Asking this question shows that you care about success, too. How could they not hire you with a dragon-slayer attitude like that?

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                                How it helps you:

                                Interviewers hire people who are great people to work with, but the definition of “great people” differs from person to person.

                                Does this company hire and promote people with a specific attitude, approach, worth ethic or communication style? Are the most successful people in this role strong extroverts who love to talk and socialize when you are studious and reserved? Does the company reward those who work insane hours when you’re happiest in a more relaxed environment?

                                If so, then this may not be the right match for you.

                                Whatever the answer is, you can decide whether you have what it takes for the manager to be happy with your performance in this role. And if the interviewer has no idea what success looks like for this position, this is a sign to proceed with extreme caution.

                                3. From the research I did on your company, I noticed the culture really supports XYZ. Can you tell me more about that element of the culture and how it impacts this job role?

                                Of course, you could just ask “what is the culture like here? ” but then you would miss a great opportunity to show that you’ve done your research!

                                Interviewers give BIG bonus point to those who read up and pay attention, and you’ve just pointed out that (a) you’re diligent in your research (b) you care about the company culture and (c) you’re committed to finding a great cultural fit.

                                How it helps you:

                                This question is so useful because it lets you pick an element of the culture that you really care about and that will have the most impact on whether you are happy with the organization.

                                For example, if training and development is important to you, then you need to know what’s on offer so you don’t end up in a dead-end job with no learning opportunities.

                                Companies often talk a good talk, and their press releases may be full of shiny CSR initiatives and all the headline-grabbing diversity programs they’re putting in place. This is your opportunity to look under the hood and see if the company lives its values on the ground.

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                                A company that says it is committed to doing the right thing by customers should not judge success by the number of up-sells an employee makes, for instance. Look for consistency, so you aren’t in for a culture shock after you start.

                                4. What is the promotion path for this role, and how would my performance on that path be measured?

                                To be clear, you are not asking when you will get promoted. Don’t go there—it’s presumptuous, and it indicates that you think you are better than the role you have applied for.

                                A career-minded candidate, on the other hand, usually has a plan that she’s working towards. This question shows you have a great drive toward growth and advancement and an intention to stick with the company beyond your current state.

                                How it helps you:

                                One word: hierarchy.

                                All organizations have levels of work and authority—executives, upper managers, line managers, the workforce, and so on. Understanding the hierarchical structure gives you power, because you can decide if you can work within it and are capable of climbing through its ranks, or whether it will be endlessly frustrating to you.

                                In a traditional pyramid hierarchy, for example, the people at the bottom tend to have very little autonomy to make decisions. This gets better as you rise up through the pyramid, but even middle managers have little power to create policy; they are more concerned with enforcing the rules the top leaders make.

                                If having a high degree of autonomy and accountability is important to you, you may do better in a flat hierarchy where work teams can design their own way of achieving the corporate goals.

                                5. What’s the most important thing the successful candidate could accomplish in their first 3 months/6 months/year?

                                Of all the questions to ask in a job interview, this one is impressive because it shows that you identify with and want to be a successful performer, and not just an average one.

                                Here, you’re drilling down into what the company needs, and needs quite urgently, proving that you’re all about adding value to the organization and not just about what’s in it for you.

                                How it helps you:

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                                Most job descriptions come with 8, 10 or 12 different job responsibilities and a lot of them with be boilerplate or responsibilities that someone in HR thinks are associated with this role. This question gives you a better sense of which responsibilities are the most important—and they may not be what initially attracted you to the role.

                                If you like the idea of training juniors, for example, but success is judged purely on your sales figures, then is this really the job you thought you were applying for?

                                This question will also give you an idea of what kind of learning curve you’re expected to have and whether you’ll get any ramp-up time before getting down to business. If you’re the type of person who likes to jump right in and get things done, for instance, you may not be thrilled to hear that you’re going to spend the first three months shadowing a peer.

                                6. What do you like about working here?

                                This simple question is all about building rapport with the interviewer. People like to talk about themselves, and the interviewer will be flattered that you’re interested in her opinions.

                                Hopefully, you’ll find some great connection points that the two of you share. What similar things drive you head into the office each day? How will you fit into the culture?

                                How it helps you:

                                You can learn a lot from this question. Someone who genuinely enjoys his job will be able to list several things they like, and their answers will sound passionate and sincere. If not….well, you might consider that a red flag.

                                Since you potentially can learn a lot about the company culture from this question, it’s a good idea to figure out upfront what’s important to you. Maybe you’re looking for a hands-off boss who values independent thought and creativity? Maybe you work better in environments that move at a rapid, exciting pace?

                                Whatever’s important to you, listen carefully and see if you can find any common ground.

                                7. Based on this interview, do you have any questions or concerns about my qualifications for the role?

                                What a great closing question to ask in a job interview! It shows that you’re not afraid of feedback—in fact, you are inviting it. Not being able to take criticism is a red flag for employers, who need to know that you’ll act on any “coaching moments” with a good heart.

                                As a bonus, asking this question shows that you are really interested in the position and wish to clear up anything that may be holding the company back from hiring you.

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                                How it helps you:

                                What a devious beast this question is! On the surface, it looks straightforward, but it’s actually giving you four key pieces of information.

                                First, is the manager capable of giving you feedback when put on the spot like this? Some managers are scared of giving feedback, or don’t think it’s important enough to bother outside of a formal performance appraisal. Do you want to work for a boss like that? How will you improve if no one is telling you what you did wrong?

                                Second, can the manager give feedback in a constructive way without being too pillowy or too confrontational? It’s unfair to expect the interviewer to have figured out your preferred way of receiving feedback in the space of an interview, but if she come back with a machine-gun fire of shortcomings or one of those corporate feedback “sandwiches” (the doozy slipped between two slices of compliment), then you need to ask yourself, can you work with someone who gives feedback like that?

                                Third, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about before you leave the interview. This gives you the chance to make a final, tailored sales pitch so you can convince the interviewer that she should not be worried about those things.

                                Fourth, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about period. If turnover is keeping him up at night, then your frequent job hopping might get a lot of additional scrutiny. If he’s facing some issues with conflict or communication, then he might raise concerns regarding your performance in this area.

                                Listen carefully: the concerns that are being raised about you might actually be a proxy for problems in the wider organization.

                                Making Your Interview Work for You

                                Interviews are a two-way street. While it is important to differentiate yourself from every other candidate, understand that convincing the interviewer you’re the right person for the role goes hand-in-hand with figuring out if the job is the right fit for you.

                                Would you feel happy in a work environment where the people, priorities, culture and management style were completely at odds with the way you work? Didn’t think so!

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