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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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11 Things Overachievers Do Differently

11 Things Overachievers Do Differently

We all know some overachievers: supermoms who manage to get online degrees between cleaning, cooking, and taking kids to practice; students who write 10-page papers when the directions call for 4; managers whose resumes look more like pages from the Guinness book of Records.

How do they do it all? How is it possible that one person can graduate at the top of their class, found an orphanage in India, run 30k marathons, write a best-selling book, travel all over the world and learn to speak Mandarin Chinese while having a full-time job?

What’s the secret of an overachiever? Here’re 11 things overachievers do differently that you can learn from.

1. They Know How to Manage Their Time

It’s pretty simple actually – you can never become an overachiever if you don’t know how to organize your time efficiently.

The great thing is that overachievers are ready to share their knowledge and time management talent with the rest of the world. Read The 4-Hour Workweek or The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

2. They Don’t Spend Hours Watching TV or Playing Computer Games

Mostly because they have better things to do, like exercising, reading, spending an evening with their family or volunteering to work in the local soup kitchen. Their philosophy is simple – the world is full of wonderful things to try, explore and experience. Watching TV is not one of them.

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3. They Are Obsessed With Perfection

Imagine Steve Jobs’ work approach and you’ll understand the level of perfection and painfully high standards that overachievers set for themselves and those around them. Often it pays off (especially if they focus on just one domain). But sometimes compulsive over-striving turns into a sure-fire road to disappointments and unfinished tasks.

Learn how to strike a balance: How Not to Let Perfectionism Secretly Screw You Up

4. They Know How To Inspire

Overachievers learn quickly that it is much easier to achieve goals through collaboration (and especially delegation). So they know how to inspire, encourage, persuade and motivate people around them. Even though they often drive their team crazy with their stubbornness and perfectionism, people quickly follow under the spell of their enthusiasm and greater vision.

Learn these 10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively.

5. They Set Clear Goals

The term “overachiever” itself implies that they know how to achieve goals. That is kind of hard to do if your goals are vague, unclear and lack specific deadline, which is why overachievers educate themselves, read goal-setting books, and think about the best way to approach a new task.

Although, it’s worth mentioning that overachievers usually use their time management and goal-setting skills towards competitive, “I want to kick butt” type of goals rather than self-improvement, mastery goals.

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Take a look at these tips to help you set clearer goals: What Are SMART Goals (And How to Use Them to Become Successful)

6. They Are Organized

It’s hard to imagine a disorganized overachiever, isn’t it? Their great organizational and planning skills usually serve three main purposes: keeping track of time, keeping track of progress and keeping track of achievements.

This hasn’t been confirmed by scientific research yet, but overachievers might actually get a “runner’s high” from crossing tasks off their to-do lists, and making new to-do lists.

Here’s How to Organize Your Life: 10 Habits of Really Organized People

7. They Try to Avoid Failure at All Costs

Some psychologists believe that overachievers place their self-worth on their competence, driven by an underlying fear of failure. Rather than setting and striving for goals based on a pure desire to achieve, their core motivation becomes avoiding failure. This may explain the fact that overachiever beat themselves up for even little setbacks and seemingly-insignificant mistakes.

But be aware that having a strong fear of failure can wrek havoc your productivity. So the best thing to do? Learn to conquer the fear: Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Conquer It)

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8. They Love Awards

Who doesn’t love them, right? True enough, but unlike most people who like to feel acknowledged and appreciated for their efforts, overachievers are bent on collecting ‘awards’, be it university degrees, spelling bee prizes or unusual destinations.

While loving awares isn’t bad, it’s even better if you’re driven by internal motivation instead of external ones which could be quite uncontrolable or unstable: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It).

9. They Don’t Understand the Concept of Work Hours

Don’t get surprised if you receive a work-related email anywhere between 8 p.m. and midnight. It’s something overachievers usually do and you weren’t the only one. At least 20 more emails have been sent during these hours to other people. The concepts of over-achieving and working overtime usually go hand in hand.

The downside of this is an imbalnced life, which may need to problems in other aspects of life including health and relationships. A better way is to Achieve a Realistic Work Life Balance.

10. They Rest

Overachievers might often be labeled as “workaholics”, because they often ignore bodily signs of hunger, fatigue and even a full bladder, hoping to finish just one last little part. This doesn’t mean that overachievers don’t know how to disconnect and relax.

True that they tend to work in the highest gear, but they also have enough sense to give themselves time to rest and recharge. Of course, they do it in their own overachieving way, preferring climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or hiking through the Amazon jungle to lazing on the beach.

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11. Overachievers Continuously Educate Themselves

A great quality that most overachievers have is the hunger for knowledge. They surround themselves with bright people. They know how to listen, and most importantly, they get tons of mentoring.

Despite the fact that overachievers want to excel at everything they set their minds on, they are humble enough to admit that to get on top of their game, they need help. And they are willing to pay someone to push, coach and guide them.

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