Whether you're just enrolled in a new course and need some help getting started, or you're a few months into your studies and feel your motivation waning, it always helps to have some wise words to encourage you.
We’ve gathered some of the best quotes from notable heroes and industry game-changers to inspire you to knuckle down and get studying to achieve your career goals.
“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”
- Oprah Winfrey
There’s no such thing as overnight success. The people who achieve great things in their careers do so through hard work – not magic or wishful thinking. Working towards your dream career via study may not be the easiest or fastest option, but it is more likely to lead you to success.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
- Maya Angelou
If you feel in your bones you’re meant to be doing something – no matter what it is – denying it is denying yourself a shot at true fulfilment. By taking the opportunity to study, you've already shown that you're willing to follow your intuition. Don't stop before your story has even started!
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
- Walt Disney
Fear of failure is one of the key reasons people stay in careers they’ve outgrown or don’t love. Having the courage to take action is a key part of achieving your career goals - be proud that you've taken the first step!
“Great people do things before they’re ready… Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that — that is what life is. You might be really good.”
- Amy Poehler
Why wait until next week or next month to get serious about the career leap you’ve been daydreaming about? The circumstances are never going to be just right, so kick your excuses to the curb and take steps towards your career change now by dedicating yourself to your course and new career. You could surprise yourself.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
- Steve Jobs
Forget wasting time and energy in a job you don’t love because of anyone else’s expectations. Remember that you're marching to the beat of your own heart, and have been brave enough to go after what you really want. When you love the work you do and give it your all, success is sure to follow.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
- Dr. Seuss
Knowledge is power in any profession, so make sure you soak up as much theory and practical experience as possible as you upskill your way into your dream role. You’re never too old to learn something new, and what you learn can open up a wonderful world of possibilities.
“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves… The choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
You have the power to steer your life in any direction you choose, so don’t leave your career opportunities up to chance. You’re in control; so choose your next step with purpose - study hard, seek out mentors and industry contacts, and commit to landing your dream job.
Looking for even more tips to inspire you? Find out what else you can do to get motivated to study.