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Top 10 Motivational Quotes For Fresh College Graduates

Congratulations! You’re graduating! Now is your time to shine, your time to dream, and your time to be inspired as you take the world by storm.

As amazing as graduating college is, it can also be a pretty scary time in your life. All of a sudden, you’re thrust into the big wide world with little but a degree behind you and a dream guiding you to success. Sometimes it can be daunting putting yourself out there and facing prospective employers, but provided you believe in yourself you can face anything life throws at you.

As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big. ~ Donald Trump

as long as youre going to be thinking anyway think big

If there should be one golden rule in life, it should be to dream big. You should believe in yourself until you’re last breath and push yourself to achieve the impossible. Dream big, and even if you fall short of your dream you’ll still find yourself in a much better position than if you’d not bothered to dream at all.

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition…

… You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you're doing, but what you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself. ~ Alan Alda

Stepping outside of your comfort zone is never easy, but I promise you it’s the most fulfilling step you’ll ever take. Sure, there will be bumps in the road, perhaps you’ll even get a little lost, but taking a leap of faith will guide you beyond even your wildest dreams.

You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world. ~ Tom Brokaw

When you graduate, the world is your oyster; you can go out and become anything or anyone. Yes, a degree will open a lot of doors for you; it will quote possibly help you build a better life, but why stop there? Why not use all that you’ve learned to lead others to a better world? Why not be the change you want see in the world?

Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. ~ Ralph Marston

excellence is not a skill it is an attitude

Your degree will be able to open a lot of doors for you, but unless you head out into the world with the right mindset then it won’t be worth anything. It’s up to you to be positive, to believe in yourself, and to face each day knowing how incredible you truly are.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life…

steve jobs quote

… Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. ~ Steve Jobs

As you graduate, remember the importance of following your own path. Don’t let others tell you what or who to be, and don’t allow their comments deter you from reaching for the stars. Be unique and never stop being true to yourself.

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. ~ Reggie Leach

Despite your degree, success won’t just fall into your lap. You have to make yourself stand out from the crowd, let your individuality work in your favor, and shine like you were born to do. Burn bright and sell yourself to potential employers and you’ll light up the world.

If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later! ~ Richard Branson

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Sadly, university won’t prepare you for everything, but that’s not to say that you can’t do anything and everything. Just because you don’t know how to do something doesn’t mean you can’t, which is why you should grasp every opportunity with both hands and iron out the kinks along the way.

My father always told me, ‘Find a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life.’. ~ Jim Fox

There are few things worse than being stuck in a job you hate but thankfully there are few things better than being a job you love. Suddenly each day becomes more exciting and your life will be filled with ease and joy. That’s a dream you should never stop reaching for.

Set out each day believing in your dreams. Know without a doubt that you were made for great things. ~ Josh Hinds

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I was once taught that a positive attitude can take a person anywhere, and to this day I believe that it’s entirely true. If you believe in yourself then suddenly your dreams become that bit more achievable and doors will start to swing open for you. Employers look for positive, confident people and on a whole, your life will be much more fulfilling with a little self-belief on your side.

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught. ~ Oscar Wilde

Always remember that there is so much left to learn and that life still has a million and one things left to teach you. Graduate knowing that your education is not yet over, in fact, as you step out into the big wide world it’s only just beginning. Open your mind and you’ll find yourself more successful than you ever could have dreamed.

So there you have it: 10 utterly inspiring quotes to help you along as you set out in pursuit of your dreams. Remember to never be discouraged, always believe in yourself, and shoot for the stars.

About the author

Eleanor Goold

As well as being an avid reader, Eleanor is also a big time animal lover; especially of dogs. If you have a tail, four legs and you bark…. you’re in! In her spare time she enjoys swimming, and vegetable gardening… but not at the same time (it can get a bit messy).

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