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40 Inspirational Quotes Every Graduate Student Should Know

40 Inspirational Quotes Every Graduate Student Should Know

Are you one of the many graduate students out there looking for some motivation in order to boost your life? It’s not going to a peace of cake to figure out what you want out of life but each day, trust that you are getting closer and closer to finding and doing what you love. I collected forty inspirational and motivational quotes that every graduate student should know to get that shot of encouragement to achieve your goals and find your calling.  If you can find only one quote that inspires you, it’ll be well worth it!

  1. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work – Thomas Edison
  2. Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners – Robert T. Kiyosaki
  3. Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them – Anonymous
  4. I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody. – Herbert B. Swope
  5. If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong. – Charles Kettering
  6. Being different is one of the most beautiful things on earth. – Anonymous
  7. Creativity is intelligence having fun. – Albert Einsten
  8. The expert in anything was once a beginner. – Helen Hayes
  9. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi
  10. There is no substitute for hard work. – Thomas Edison
  11. A journey to a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu
  12. Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. – Margaret Fuller
  13. I believe that every person is born with talent. – Maya Angelou
  14. Always desire to learn something useful. – Sophocles
  15. Wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is about to happen. – Anonymous
  16. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. – Anonymous
  17. Learning is not a spectator sport. – D. Blocher
  18. Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. – B. F. Skinner
  19. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. – Albert Einstein
  20. Learning is like rowing upstream, not to advance is to drop back. – Chinese Proverb
  21. Be a student as long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life. – Henry L. Doherty
  22. Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. – Mark Twain
  23. 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 Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  24. 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
  25. There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. – C.S. Lewis
  26. If you never try, you’ll never know. – Anonymous
  27. You don’t always get what you wish for, you get what you work for. – Anonymous
  28. Focus on making yourself better, not on thinking that you are better. – Bohdi Sanders
  29. Just know, when you truly want success, you’ll never give up on it. No matter how bad the situation may get. – Anonymous
  30. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Joshua J. Marine
  31. Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen. – Anonymous
  32. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby
  33. If you want to be successful as bad as you want to breathe than you will be successful. – Eric Thomas
  34. Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish it. – Anonymous
  35. Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop. – Anonymous
  36. Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. it means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. – Anonymous
  37. Just remember there is someone out there that is more than happy with less than what you have. – Anonymous
  38. Life has two rules: #1 Never quit #2 Always remember rule # 1. – Anonymous
  39. One day, you’re 17 and you’re planning for someday. And then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life. – John Green
  40. Be yourself, everyone else is taken! – Oscar Wilde
  41. It doesn’t matter if you are a graduate student or you are a company leader, these quotes are for everyone. Let me know if you have any other motivational or inspirational quotes in your mind that I missed from this list that can inspire and motivate graduate students.

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Last Updated on November 26, 2020

How Relationships Building Helps Achieve Career Success

How Relationships Building Helps Achieve Career Success

As playwright Wilson Mizner supposedly said all the way back in the 1930s,

“Be kind to everyone on the way up; you will meet the same people on the way down.”

The adage is the perfect prototype for relationship building in 2020, although we may want to expand Mizner’s definition of “kind” to include being helpful, respectful, grateful, and above all, crediting your colleagues along the way.

5 Ways to Switch on Your Relationship Building Magnetism

Relationship building does not come easily to all. Today’s computer culture makes us more insular and less likely to reach out—not to mention our new work-from-home situation in which we are only able to interact virtually. Still, relationship building remains an important part of career engagement and success, and it gets better with practice.

Here are five ways you can strengthen your relationships:

1. Advocate for Other’s Ideas

Take the initiative to speak up in support of other team members’ good ideas. Doing so lets others know that the team’s success takes precedence over your needs for personal success. Get behind any colleague’s innovative approach or clever solution and offer whatever help you can give to see it through. Teammates will value your vote of confidence and your support.

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2. Show Compassion

If you learn that someone whom you work with has encountered difficult times, reach out. If it’s not someone you know well, a hand-written card expressing your sympathy and hopes for better times ahead could be an initial gesture. If it’s someone with whom you interact regularly, the act could involve offering to take on some of the person’s work to provide a needed reprieve or even bringing in a home-cooked dish as a way to offer comfort. The show of compassion will not go unnoticed, and your relationship building will have found a foothold.

3. Communicate Regularly

Make an effort to share any information with team members that will help them do their jobs more effectively. Keeping people in the loop says a lot about your consideration for what others need to deliver their best results.

Try to discover the preferred mode of communication for each team member. Some people are fine relying on emails; others like to have a phone conversation. And once we can finally return to working together in offices, you may determine that face-to-face updates may be most advantageous for some members.

4. Ask for Feedback

Showing your willingness to reach out for advice and guidance will make a positive impression on your boss. When you make it clear that you welcome and can accept pointers, you display candor and trust in what opinions your superior has to offer. Your proclivity towards considering ways of improving your performance and strengthening any working interactions will signal your strong relationship skills.

If you are in a work environment where you are asked to give feedback, be generous and compassionate. That does not mean being wishy-washy. Try always to give the type of feedback that you wouldn’t mind receiving.

5. Give Credit Where It’s Due

Be the worker who remembers to credit staffers with their contributions. It’s a surprisingly rare talent to credit others, but when you do so, they will remember to credit you, and the collective credit your team will accrue will be well worth the effort.

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How Does Relationship Building Build Careers?

Once you have strengthened and deepened your relationships, here are some of the great benefits:

Work Doesn’t Feel So Much Like Work

According to a Gallup poll, when you have a best friend at work, you are more likely to feel engaged with your job. Work is more fun when you have positive, productive relationships with your colleagues. Instead of spending time and energy overcoming difficult personalities, you can spend time enjoying the camaraderie with colleagues as you work congenially on projects together. When your coworkers are your friends, time goes by quickly and challenges don’t weigh as heavily.

You Can Find Good Help

It’s easier to ask for assistance when you have a good working relationship with a colleague. And with office tasks changing at the speed of technology, chances are that you are going to need some help acclimating—especially now that work has gone remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Much of relationship building rests on your genuine expressions of appreciation toward others. Showing gratitude for another’s help or for their willingness to put in the extra effort will let them know you value them.

Mentors Come Out of the Woodwork

Mentors are proven to advance your professional and career development. A mentor can help you navigate how to approach your work and keep you apprised of industry trends. They have a plethora of experience to draw from that can be invaluable when advising you on achieving career success and advancement.

Mentors flock to those who are skilled at relationship building. So, work on your relationships and keep your eyes peeled for a worthy mentor.

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You Pull Together as a Team

Great teamwork starts with having an “abundance mentality” rather than a scarcity mentality. Too often, workers view all projects through a scarcity mentality lens. This leads to office strife as coworkers compete for their piece of the pie. But in an abundance mentality mode, you focus on the strengths that others bring rather than the possibility that they are potential competitors.

Instead, you can commit relationship building efforts to ensure a positive work environment rather than an adversarial one. When you let others know that you intend to support their efforts and contribute to their success, they will respond in kind. Go, team!

Your Network Expands and So Does Your Paycheck

Expand your relationship building scope beyond your coworkers to include customers, suppliers, and other industry stakeholders. Your extra efforts can lead to extra sales, a more rewarding career, and even speedy professional advancement. And don’t overlook the importance of building warm relationships with assistants, receptionists, or even interns.

Take care to build bridges, not just to your boss and your boss’s boss but with those that work under you as well. You may find that someone who you wouldn’t expect will put in a good word for you with your supervisor.

Building and maintaining good working relationships with everyone you come in contact with can pay off in unforeseen ways. You never know when that underling will turn out to be the company’s “golden child.” Six years from now you may be turning to them for a job. If you have built up a good, trusting work relationship with others along your way, you will more likely be considered for positions that any of these people may be looking to fill.

Your Job Won’t Stress You Out

Study shows that some 83 percent of American workers experience work-related stress.[1] Granted, some of that stress is now likely caused by the new pandemic-triggered workplace adjustments, yet bosses and management, in general, are reportedly the predominant source of stress for more than one-third of workers.

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Having meaningful connections among coworkers is the best way to make work less stressful. Whether it is having others whom to commiserate with, bounce ideas off, or bring out your best performance, friendships strengthen the group’s esprit de corps and lower the stress level of your job.

Your Career Shines Bright

Who would you feel better about approaching to provide a recommendation or ask for promotion: a cold, aloof boss with whom you have only an impersonal relationship or one that knows you as a person and with whom you have built a warm, trusting relationship?

Your career advancement will always excel when you have a mutual bond of friendship and appreciation with those who can recommend you. Consider the plug you could receive from a supervisor who knows you as a friend versus one who remains detached and only notices you in terms of your ability to meet deadlines or attain goals.

When people fully know your skills, strengths, personality, and aspirations, you have promoters who will sing your praises with any opportunity for advancement.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, it is “who you know” not “what you know.” When you build relationships, you build a pipeline of colleagues, work partners, team members, current bosses, and former bosses who want to help you—who want to see you succeed.

At its core, every business is a people business. Making a point to take the small but meaningful actions that build the foundation of a good relationship can be instrumental in cultivating better relationships at work.

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Reference

[1] The American Institute of Stress: 42 Worrying Workplace Stress Statistics

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