Senior year is officially in full swing. There’s football games, birthday celebrations, meetings and of course, classwork. But with graduation looming closer than ever before, it’s hard to take a step back and focus on what’s important, which is finding ourselves and our passions before we’re thrown out into the “real world.” Here are a few of my favorite quotes that inspire me to work hard towards success.
“Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if its realistic or not.” – Deepak Chopra
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Jack Kerouac
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs
“Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about other people.”
“I beg you to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them.”
“Surround yourself with people who make you hungry for life, touch your heart, and nourish your soul.”
“When things don’t happen right away, just remember- it takes 6 months to build a Rolls Royce, and only 13 hours to build a Toyota.”
“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” —Mark Zuckerberg
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” —Benjamin Franklin
“Be fearless. Have the courage to take risks. Go where there are no guarantees. Get out of your comfort zone even if it means being uncomfortable. The road less traveled is sometimes fraught with barricades, bumps, and uncharted terrain. But it is on that road where your character is truly tested. Have the courage to accept that you’re not perfect, nothing is and no one is — and that’s OK.” —Katie Couric
These are just a few of the numerous quotes that help motivate me to take control of my life and to get excited about what lies ahead. What are some of your personal favorites? Let me know in the comment box!