10 Things to Tell Yourself as You Begin Your Quarter-Life Crisis

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Graduation is coming up and many of you will embark on a road to success faced with heavy uncertainty. You’ll suddenly find responsibilities landing on top of your shoulders and you’ll be expected to carry them with your head held high. You know the challenges that are ahead of you, but how will you face tough times and constantly remind yourself to keep going? Here are ten memorable quotes from famous commencement speeches that will aid you on your path to success.

“…you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” – Jim Carrey

“…love yourself, love your work, love the people around you. Dare to love those who are different from you, no matter where they’re from, what they look like, and who they love. Pursue this life of love with focus and passion and ambition and courage. Give it your all. And that will be your path to true success.” – John Legend

“The world doesn’t care how many times you fall down, as long as it’s one fewer than the number of times you get back up.” – Aaron Sorkin, Syracuse University, May 13, 2012

“So how do you know what is the right path to choose to get the result that you desire? And the honest answer is this. You won’t.” – John Stewart, College of William and Mary, May 20, 2004

“What’s success anyway? Is success about making the most money? No, money for the most part turns people into jerks.” – Chris Sacca, University of Minnesota, 2011

“…The only time you lose at something is when you don’t learn from that experience.” – Chuck Norris, Liberty University, 2008

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” – Steve Jobs, Stanford University, June 12, 2005

“Don’t let your fears overwhelm your desire. Let the barriers you face—and there will be barriers—be external, not internal.” – Sheryl Sandberg, Barnard College, May 17, 2011

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling, Harvard University, June 5, 2008

“The balance in your life is more important than the balance in your checking account.” – Chris Gardner, University of California, Berkeley, May 22, 2009

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