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If you’ve been through an exam period before, you’ll know that it’s a grueling experience that takes a great deal of drive and perseverance to get through. But for those who do get through it, the rewards outweigh the challenges. Not only do you get to feel the joy of completing such a challenging task, you also get to enjoy all of the benefits that a good education has to offer. But, before you get there, it’s understandable that you might need some help along the way. Here are a few inspirational quotes to help you break through the stresses of a hectic exam grind.

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

If it wasn’t for Henry Ford’s sense of imagination and willingness to take risks, the shape of transportation today might be very different. Even if you’re not setting out to invent the automobile, his words tell us a lot about what a successful attitude looks like. If you think you’re going to fail, you probably will. But if you set your mind on success, success will follow.

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

The world of sports has more in common with the world of education than some might think. In both worlds, success ultimately comes down to trying. If you don’t try something out, there’s no way you can succeed at it. So, don’t even think about walking away from those books now. If you want to score a goal, you have to take a shot.

“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.” – E. Joseph Cossman

Memory is an interesting thing. If you’ve been studying for a while, you’re probably tired of memorizing facts and figures already. Self-made millionaire E. Joseph Cossman offers a great take on how memory works and what really matters. Are you worrying about the exams you have to take? Cossman’s advice is: don’t. The worries of today will soon be forgotten, and why bother filling up all of that precious memory space with worries? Why not fill it up with something positive and useful instead?

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

The father of Taoism could say many things with only a few words. His words here provide a great way to finish this inspiration session. Sometimes when a great task lies ahead of you, the hardest part is simply getting started. Once you’ve begun, the work will seem easier. And, best of all, the sooner you start studying, the sooner you’ll be finished. So take that first step, whatever it may be, and you’ll be much closer to the finish line than before. A great way to help yourself through a crazy exam grind is not only to read and reflect on quotes like these, but to keep them at the top of your mind throughout the whole period. Try posting your favorite inspirational quotes by your desk or on the cover of your textbooks, so that the next time you go to hit the books, you’ll be in the right mindset to tackle the challenge that lies ahead.

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