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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 September 18, 2020

13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

For the original article by Celestine: 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

“We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

Have you ever experienced moments when things just don’t go your way? For example, losing your keys, accidentally spilling your drink, waking up late, missing your buses/trains, forgetting to bring your things, and so on?

You’re not alone. All of us, myself included, experience times when things don’t go as we expect.

Here is my guide on how to deal with daily setbacks.

1. Take a step back and evaluate

When something bad happens, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Some questions to ask yourself:

  1. What is the problem?
  2. Are you the only person facing this problem in the world today?
  3. How does this problem look like at an individual level? A national level? On a global scale?
  4. What’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you as a result of this?
  5. How is it going to impact your life in the next 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

Doing this exercise is not to undermine the problem or disclaiming responsibility, but to consider different perspectives, so you can adopt the best approach for it. Most problems we encounter daily may seem like huge issues when they crop up, but most, if not all, don’t have much impact in our life beyond that day.

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2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem

If you feel very frustrated and need to let off some steam, go ahead and do that. Talk to a friend, complain, crib about it, or scream at the top of your lungs if it makes you happy.

At the same time, don’t get caught up with venting. While venting may temporarily relieve yourself, it’s not going to solve the problem ultimately. You don’t want to be an energy vampire.

Vent if there’s a need to, but do it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then move on.

3. Realize there are others out there facing this too

Even though the situation may be frustrating, you’re not alone. Remember there are almost 7 billion people in the world today, and chances are that other people have faced the same thing before too. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

4. Process your thoughts/emotions

Process your thoughts/emotions with any of the four methods:

  1. Journal. Write your unhappiness in a private diary or in your blog. It doesn’t have to be formal at all – it can be a brain dump on rough paper or new word document. Delete after you are done.
  2. Audio taping. Record yourself as you talk out what’s on your mind. Tools include tape recorder, your PC (Audacity is a freeware for recording/editing audio) and your mobile (most mobiles today have audio recording functions). You can even use your voice mail for this. Just talking helps you to gain awareness of your emotions. After recording, play back and listen to what you said. You might find it quite revealing.
  3. Meditation. At its simplest form, meditation is just sitting/lying still and observing your reality as it is – including your thoughts and emotions. Some think that it involves some complex mambo-jumbo, but it doesn’t.
  4. Talking to someone. Talking about it with someone helps you work through the issue. It also gets you an alternate viewpoint and consider it from a different angle.

5. Acknowledge your thoughts

Don’t resist your thoughts, but acknowledge them. This includes both positive and negative thoughts.

By acknowledging, I mean recognizing these thoughts exist. So if say, you have a thought that says, “Wow, I’m so stupid!”, acknowledge that. If you have a thought that says, “I can’t believe this is happening to me again”, acknowledge that as well.

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Know that acknowledging the thoughts doesn’t mean you agree with them. It’s simply recognizing the existence of said thoughts so that you can stop resisting yourself and focus on the situation on hand.

6. Give yourself a break

If you’re very stressed out by the situation, and the problem is not time sensitive, then give yourself a break. Take a walk, listen to some music, watch a movie, or get some sleep. When you’re done, you should feel a lot more revitalized to deal with the situation.

7. Uncover what you’re really upset about

A lot of times, the anger we feel isn’t about the world. You may start off feeling angry at someone or something, but at the depth of it, it’s anger toward yourself.

Uncover the root of your anger. I have written a five part anger management series on how to permanently overcome anger.

After that, ask yourself: How can you improve the situation? Go to Step #9, where you define your actionable steps. Our anger comes from not having control on the situation. Sitting there and feeling infuriated is not going to change the situation. The more action we take, the more we will regain control over the situation, the better we will feel.

8. See this as an obstacle to be overcome

As Helen Keller once said,

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

Whatever you’re facing right now, see it as an obstacle to be overcome. In every worthy endeavor, there’ll always be countless obstacles that emerge along the way. These obstacles are what separate the people who make it, and those who don’t. If you’re able to push through and overcome them, you’ll emerge a stronger person than before. It’ll be harder for anything to get you down in the future.

9. Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps

In every setback, there are going to be things that can’t be reversed since they have already occurred. You want to focus on things that can still be changed (salvageable) vs. things that have already happened and can’t be changed. The only time the situation changes is when you take steps to improve it. Rather than cry over spilt milk, work through your situation:

  1. What’s the situation?
  2. What’s stressing you about this situation?
  3. What are the next steps that’ll help you resolve them?
  4. Take action on your next steps!

After you have identified your next steps, act on them. The key here is to focus on the actionable steps, not the inactionable steps. It’s about regaining control over the situation through direct action.

10. Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)

A lot of times we react to our problems. The problem occurs, and we try to make the best out of what has happened within the context. While developing a healthy coping mechanism is important (which is what the other helping points are on), it’s also equally important, if not more, to understand how the problem arose. This way, you can work on preventing it from taking place next time, vs. dealing reactively with it.

Most of us probably think the problem is outside of our control, but reality is most of the times it’s fully preventable. It’s just a matter of how much responsibility you take over the problem.

For example, for someone who can’t get a cab for work in the morning, he/she may see the problem as a lack of cabs in the country, or bad luck. However, if you trace to the root of the problem, it’s probably more to do with (a) Having unrealistic expectations of the length of time to get a cab. He/she should budget more time for waiting for a cab next time. (b) Oversleeping, because he/she was too tired from working late the previous day. He/she should allocate enough time for rest next time. He/she should also pick up better time management skills, so as to finish work in lesser time.

11. Realize the situation can be a lot worse

No matter how bad the situation is, it can always be much worse. A plus point vs. negative point analysis will help you realize that.

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12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it

No matter how bad your situation may seem, do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it. Life is too beautiful to worry so much over daily issues. Take a step back (#1), give yourself a break if you need to (#6), and do what you can within your means (#9). Everything else will unfold accordingly. Worrying too much about the outcome isn’t going to change things or make your life any better.

13. Pick out the learning points from the encounter

There’s something to learn from every encounter. What have you learned from this situation? What lessons have you taken away?

After you identify your learning points, think about how you’re going to apply them moving forward. With this, you’ve clearly gained something from this encounter. You’ve walked away a stronger, wiser, better person, with more life lessons to draw from in the future.

Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

Featured photo credit: Alice Donovan Rouse via unsplash.com

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