Cartoons: you started watching them before you could walk, but that doesn't mean you can't still learn from them as an adult! We have selected the most motivating quotes from your favourite cartoon characters. Although you might not have thought it, they can be truly gifted when it comes to giving useful career advice!
Article by Alicia Gabriele
"Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it."Perhaps you're destined to become an entrepreneur, entrepreneurship runs in your veins, but you can't admit it because you're afraid of failure. You're probably sick of hearing those around you saying things like: "Find a job in a big company, make sure you have a stable future." Bear in mind that if you want to become an entrepreneur and don't do it, you risk bitterly regretting it in the future. Dare to go for it!
"I'm ready! I'm ready! I'm ready!"Do you want to create your own startup, change career or apply for a job at your dream company? Don't wait until your hair turns grey, just go for it!
Blue Fairy, Pinocchio
"Always let your conscience be your guide."Stop listening to negative and unconstructive comments from those around you. Listen to yourself, what do you REALLY want? Take time to think about your career, grow your idea, your project, talk about it with people around you who you trust, who might be able to give you precious advice and share their experience.
"How high will the sycamore grow? If you cut it down, then you'll never know."We're not talking about a tree, but rather your career plans. Don't limit yourself, even if you think your idea is rubbish or impractical, it's not necessarily the case. Carry out some research, there's surely another way of reaching your goals.
"In the darkest times, hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of inner strength."Even if you're going through a tough time, don't lose hope! It won't last forever and there's no point moping around and getting discouraged. Hardships are there to be overcome and help you come out stronger on the other side.
Edna Mode, The Incredibles
"I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now."Did you hear Edna? Never look back, the past is in the past! Stop with the "it used to be better", "I shouldn't have done it that way" (or other nostalgic comments) and move forwards. You've learnt from your mistakes, now it's time for a fresh start both for you personally and for your career.
Chef G, Ratatouille
"You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul."Who said that bakers' sons had to become bakers? Get it into your head: the era of social cast is over! Nowadays, everyone has access to the means to succeed and do whatever they wish.
Gerald Johanssen, Hey Arnold!
"It’s real life. And in real life, you can’t always win."Unfortunately, failure is more common than you might expect, but it's not an end in itself. Sometimes, you have to try over and over again if you want to succeed. Don't forget, it doesn't matter how you fall, what matters is how you get back up again.
Rafiki, The Lion King
"The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it."Aaah good old Rafiki, always there to share his words of wisdom! Just because you're no longer at university doesn't mean that you should stop learning... We all make mistakes and fall down, and yes it can hurt, but running from your past won't solve anything. Instead, learn from it!
Fairy Godmother, Cinderella
"Even miracles take a little time."Impatience isn't necessarily a virtue! You won't be successful from one day to the next without hard work, unless you're extremely lucky, and in that case I would recommend you play the lottery. But no, seriously, instead of waiting in vain for your future job or for success to fall from the sky, it would be better if you actually worked for it, which might take time, so be patient!
"Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it."It may seem pretty logical, but we often forget this useful piece of advice. Go out, travel, see the world... you will see that your experiences will help you grow and will give you ideas you might not have had if you had stayed in your daily routine.
Quasimodo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
"Today is a good day to try!"This piece of advice is similar to the previous: don't be afraid to try new things. In the words of Leo Buscaglia: The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing.
Maitre Shifu, Kung Fu Panda
"Anything is possible when you have inner peace."If you want your career plans to become a reality, you will need to clear your head and clean up your habits. By doing so, you can concentrate on your goals without being distracted by the little worries of everyday life!
"In every job that must be done there is an element of fun."Do you find absolutely no pleasure in going to university or work? You have even asked yourself if the job is really meant for you, if you're in the right field? Look for something you enjoy, the little thing that will motivate you to get out of bed in the morning. Once you have found it, you'll realise that it doesn't take much to be happy. If you can't find it, it's never to late to change career!
Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story
"To infinity and beyond!"We've saved the best for last! Become the master of your destiny, give your body and soul what is needed to accomplish your dreams.
We hope these quotes have helped inspire you! Are you a fan of cartoon characters too? Imagine if they had created their own startups, what would they be?
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