Job hunting can be tough on your personal esteem. It's likely that you may be passed over for the first several jobs you apply for, and that kind of rejection can be discouraging even if you are entirely confident in your own professional abilities.
Even the most optimistic person might feel a little down, and that’s not the best way to feel as you tackle a job search. While it may take a while to land a job, and there may be rejections along the way, try to remember that’s a temporary state.
Get Inspiration for Your Job Search
What you need is an antidote, a way to pick your spirits up so you can get back to looking for work. So many successful people have had rough patches on their way to success, but their perseverance paid off in the end.
To lift your spirits, and quell feelings of discouragement, take a look at these quotes from some well-known and successful people.
It might be helpful to share these quotes with friends and family who are going through a long or difficult job search and need some encouragement and support.
THOMAS A. EDISON
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
ROBERT H. SCHULLER
"Failure doesn't mean you are a failure—it just means you haven't succeeded yet."
"Be open to the amazing changes which are occurring in the field that interests you."
JONATHAN LOCKWOOD HUIE
"Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings.
"Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."
"Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect."
"When you feel that you have reached the end and that you cannot go one step further, when life seems to be drained of all purpose: What a wonderful opportunity to start all over again, to turn over a new page."
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any."
M. SCOTT PECK
"Our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers."
"Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for it."
"Go where you are celebrated—not tolerated. If they can't see the real value of you, it's time for a new start."
"Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy."
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.”
"The future depends on what you do today."
"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."
"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions."
"Opportunities don't happen, you create them."
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
“It is never too late to be what you might have been."
"A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory."
"There is no passion to be found in playing small—in settling for a life that is less than you are capable of living."
"I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time."
"Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning."
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too can become great."
“I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it.”
More Challenges Ahead
No matter your situation, remember the words of Apple founder and business magnate, the late Steve Jobs:
"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."