Inspirational quotes are up there in the list of things that people use to get themselves into the right headspace at the start of their journey.
Some of the most viewed blog posts on the internet are compilations of meaningful quotes, designed to give the reader a little boost of self-esteem before setting off.
When you’re thinking about completing your college degree and student journey, sometimes you just need that little push to set you on your way and help you get the best out of college life.
So we’ve decided to take a stab at a list of our own, bringing together what we think are 10 inspirational quotes for students.
Some of these people you’ll know, and some you probably won’t – but we feel like their sentiments will resonate regardless of whether they’re ‘famous’ or not…
‘The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.'Walt Disney
Often we find ourselves procrastinating, talking about what we want to do rather than actually making any tangible progress towards the goal.
You can only really start clocking those miles on the dash once you actually get going, so while you’re still caught up daydreaming you’re not actually making progress.
‘Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.'Will Rogers
We have a tendency to focus on our mistakes, and fixate on what has gone wrong in the past; which, of course, serves only to paralyse us when it comes to trying new things.
Naturally, we should learn from our mistakes so as to reduce the likelihood of repeating them – but don’t let your past mistakes prevent you from taking further chances.
‘It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.'Vince Lombardi
The theme of failure is one that’s going to crop up on this list quite often.
More specifically, the focus isn’t on failing quite as much as how you deal with having failed.
This quote is perhaps better remembered thanks to a significantly more catchy song, but that’s not to detract from the value of the sentiment.
‘Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.' – Og MandinoOg Mandino
You have to find the strength in yourself to keep going. Relying on external sources of motivation isn’t a sustainable method.
This quote re-frames failure as something which can be avoided if you put in the work to prevent it happening in the first place.
The motivation to not give up, to not be a quitter, no matter how bad you want to fall flat on your face and… actually, that’s an Eminem song. Nevermind.
‘Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.'Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Similar to what we were saying earlier: the time wasted in thinking about what you want to do is only holding you back from achieving your goal all the sooner.
Planning is important, but knowing when it is time to start making moves is a crucial ability.
‘We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.'Dr. Henry Link
Being a person of action is almost always better than burying your head in the sand – and this quote warns against the dangers of sitting and stewing in your fears, generating thoughts that need to be disproved rather than dismissed.
Action is often the key to moving your life forwards.
‘Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.'Helen Keller
This quote is one of the more fanciful on our list, as the discerning amongst us might justifiably conclude that there’s a whole world between her two extremes. But the sentiment is one to be applauded.
Everything that you feel makes you safe is capable of disappearing overnight, so don’t be afraid of losing that to chase a dream.
‘What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110% all the time.'Don Zimmer
Mathematical improbabilities aside, this particular quote emphasises the need for hard work to achieve your dreams.
It is better to be a hard worker than to be naturally talented, because the naturally talented never learn the value of hard work; and should they ever struggle in their life, they won’t know how to get through that to the other side.
‘Reading is to the mind as exercise is to the body.'Brian Tracy
We all know that exercise is important to keeping a healthy body. We all know it, but we don’t necessarily all do it. Well reading is the same.
You can’t hope to keep your mind in tip top shape if you’re not giving it the things it needs to keep going.
This quote reminds us that quiet moments of reflection are a much needed resource, and that constantly running at 110% isn’t guaranteed to result in anything other than a burnout.
‘Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.'John Wooden
We all play the cards we’re dealt, and sometimes we’re just not lucky. But the truly gifted among us know how to take lemons and turn them into multi million dollar condos. Might have skipped a few steps there, but you get my meaning.
Good online job for students to earn whilst studying?
Ultimately starting any new adventure is a nerve-wracking thing to do.
But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.
Teaching English online is a fast growing industry in the world, reaching new demographics every day.
Many companies don’t even expect outlandish levels of qualification, and some will even hire prospective teachers with English as a second language.
The market has never been more in-demand, and with that comes a demand for good teachers.
More importantly, some companies are now looking specifically for students who are studying their Bachelor's degree, such as Magic Ears.
Working as an English teacher online is a good way to keep the money coming in while you figure out what you want to do with your life; but it’s also a good position for those already in the field, and looking to add to their CV or resume.
It’s a real opportunity that you shouldn’t be scared to take. Keep in mind a choice selection of our quotes, and maybe you’ll find they help.