Motivational Quotes For Work & Career

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We have compiled over 1000 of the best motivational and inspirational quotes and sayings for work that will juice up your career.

Lets face it…

You are going to spend one-third of your life at your job.

Shouldn’t you love what you do?

Each day when you walk outside your door and go to work, a question is being asked of you:

“Are you using your talents and gifts to provide a service to humanity?”

This is why it’s important you use the most powerful tool you have in creating the life you want: your mind.

Keeping your mind positive is the key to building the success you want.

Whether you are stuck at a dead end job and want to find a new company to work with, building a new career, or starting a new business, these motivational and inspirational quotes and sayings will help get the creative juices flowing:

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“There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

“If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.”

“All roads that lead to success have to pass through hard work boulevard at some point.”

“Desire! That’s the one secret of every man’s career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire.” – Johnny Carson

Feeling confident – or pretending that you feel confident – is necessary to reach for opportunities. It’s a cliché, but opportunities are rarely offered; they’re seized. — Sheryl Sandberg

A year from now you may wish you had started today – Karen Lamb

“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’.” ― Maya Angelou

Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – Francis of Assisi

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice Walker

Your career is like a garden. It can hold an assortment of life’s energy that yields a bounty for you. You do not need to grow just one thing in your garden. You do not need to do just one thing in your career. — Jennifer Ritchie Payette

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” ― Napoleon Hill

If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal

If you are persistent you will get it. If you are consistent you will keep it.

If you don’t feel it, flee from it. Go where you are celebrated, not merely tolerated. – Paul F. Davis

“I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything.” – Jon Stewart

“Every job from the heart is, ultimately, of equal value. The nurse injects the syringe; the writer slides the pen; the farmer plows the dirt; the comedian draws the laughter. Monetary income is the perfect deceiver of a man’s true worth.” ― Criss Jami

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further. – Thomas Carlyle

“Work to become, not to acquire.” – Elbert Hubbard

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. – Milton Berle

There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.

The expert in anything was once a beginner.

“Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.” – George Lucas

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. – Kurt Cobain

“Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.” – Robert H. Schuller

The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.

I’m not here to be average, I’m here to be awesome.

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. – Steve Jobs

Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.

We are not a team because we work together. We are a team because we respect trust and care for each other.

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. – Stephen Covey

“If you can DREAM it, you can DO it.” – Walt Disney

You can’t get much done in life if you only work the days when you feel good.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

In fact, there is perhaps only one human being in a thousand who is passionately interested in his job for the job’s sake. The difference is that if that one person in a thousand is a man, we say, simply, that he is passionately keen on his job; if she is a woman, we say she is a freak.
—Dorothy L. Sayers

There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results – Kenneth Blanchard

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

You can always do more than you think you can – John Wooden

Hard work doesn’t guarantee success, it improves its chances – BJ Gupta

Life is short. Work somewhere awesome.

Another day another blessing!

Be strong when you are weak, brave when you are scared, and humble when you are victorious.

There will be obstacles.
There will be doubters.
There will be mistakes.
But with hard work,
There are no limits

I determine to render more and better service, each day, than I am being paid to render. Those that reach the top are the ones who are not content with doing only what is required of them.
—Og Mandino

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

Work hard and be proud of what you achieve.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

No one is perfect. Love yourself as you are and train hard to become the best you can be.

The trophy is earned in the hours that no one is watching.

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. – Colin Powell

Maybe you can’t play over your head at all. Maybe it’s just potential you never knew you had.

There is no substitute for hard work

Be thankful for what you have. Work hard for what you don’t have.

Every time you worry that you could get trapped in some kind of work you don’t care about, you’re dealing with the problem of meaningfulness. I guarantee that in the back of your mind is the thought that somehow you have to make a contribution to something, be acknowledged, do something that matters–or you’re just fooling around.
—Barbara Sher,

Ok. So you had a bad day. Don’t beat yourself up over it, but don’t let one bad decision send you spiraling out of control. Grab those running shoes and get back into it. Get back to making decisions that improve your health and your happiness. You are who you choose to be.

Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it. – Lou Holtz

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison

I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich. – Jim Carrey

Excellence is never an accident; it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.

“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.” – Katherine Whitehorn

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction – George Lorimer

“It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.” – Carlton Fisk

“The truth is that 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.” – M. Scott Peck

Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. You have a life. Do the work. Keep the faith. Be true blue. You are a writer because you write. Keep writing and quit your bitching. Your book has a birthday. You don’t know what it is yet.
— Cheryl Strayed,

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time. – Anna Freud

“Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential — as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.

You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.

To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.” ― Bill Watterson



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