50 Inspirational Career Quotes To Get You Through The Day

By Chris Kolmar - Dec. 3, 2020
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Pause for a second and think about your career. What are your goals? Where do you want to be in a year? What about in five years? How can you get there? What’s standing in the way of your goals?

Take a breath and think about these questions.

Now that you have something in mind, think about what you can do today to bring you closer to your dreams. It can be big or small; just think of something you can put in action today to advance your goals. When you’re ready to do it, we have some inspiration for you.

Regardless of your professional goals, we can all use a little boost sometimes. With everything going on in our lives, it can be easy to lose sight of our future and forget to focus on where we want to be. Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in the present that we even forget to plan ahead and set concrete goals.

Luckily, we can get back on track easily. If you’re looking for a sign to get started on a goal, here it is. We’re giving you some uplifting quotes that can apply to any area of your life. Take this as an opportunity to re-center, shift your mindset, rediscover your dedication, or whatever it is you need to get going.

We picked out 50 of the best quotes about hard work, motivation, and perseverance to get you on track, no matter what you want to achieve. Don’t forget to share these quotes with your friends and family to pass on the good energy!

Inspirational Career Quotes

  1. "Failure doesn 't mean you are a failure it just means you haven 't succeeded yet."-Robert H. Schuller

  2. “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you until it seems that you cannot hold on for a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time when the tide will turn.”-Harriet Beecher Stone

  3. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”-C.S. Lewis

  4. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."-Thomas Edison

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  5. “I was once afraid of people saying, ‘Who does she think she is?’Now I have the courage to stand and say ‘This is who I am.’”-Oprah Winfrey

  6. “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

  7. "Dreams are extremely important. You can 't do it unless you imagine it."-George Lucas

  8. "Desire! That 's the one secret of every man 's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire."-Johnny Carson

  9. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”-Confucius

  10. “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

  11. “If opportunity doesn ’t knock, build a door.”-Milton Berle

  12. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”-Henry Ford

  13. "Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I 've never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down."-Charles F. Kettering

  14. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”-George Eliot

  15. “Nothing will work unless you do.”-Maya Angelou

  16. “Be stubborn and thick-skinned. Because I think even if you ’re passionate, and even if you ’re really good at what you do, I think you are likely to be subject to preconceived notions of who can do what.”-Anab Jain

  17. "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."-Vince Lombardi

  18. "Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life –think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."-Swami Vivekananda

  19. “Write your own book instead of reading someone else ’s book about success.”-Herb Brooks

  20. "The real test is not whether you avoid failure, because you won 't. It 's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere."-Barack Obama

  21. "I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do."-Hellen Keller

  22. "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom."-George Patton

  23. “Pay attention to the itch. That feeling that there ’s something else bigger out there for you, that you should be doing something else better for you –that is a feeling that you have to pay attention to, you can ’t ignore it.”-Ann Shoket

  24. “The harder I practice, the luckier I get.”-Gary Player

  25. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”-Albert Einstein

  26. "People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy."-Tony Robbins

  27. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”-Steve Jobs

  28. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”Dr. Seuss

  29. “Some failure in life is inevitable. 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

  30. “If you ’re going through hell, keep going.”- Winston Churchill

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

  32. "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure."-Mark Twain

  33. “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dreams, and how you handle disappointment along the way. -Robert Kiyosaki

  34. “The future depends on what you do today.”-Mahatma Gandhi

  35. "I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions."-Stephen Covey

  36. “Everything I ’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.”David Foster Wallace

  37. "Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It 's quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn 't at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember, that 's where you will find success."- Thomas Watson

  38. “Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.”-Dennis Waitley

  39. “Ambition is the steam that drives men forward on the road to success. Only the engine under full steam can make the grade.”-Maxi Foreman

  40. “Make sure your worst enemy doesn ’t live between your own two ears.”Laird Hamilton

  41. “Do or do not. There is no try.”-Yoda

  42. "I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions."-Robert Collier

  43. "When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy."They told me I didn 't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn 't understand life."-John Lennon

  44. “We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.”-Henry Link

  45. "Don 't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful."-Mark Victor Hansen

  46. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you ’ve imagined.”-Henry David Thoreau

  47. “It ’s not about stepping out of your comfort zone, it ’s about stepping into your ‘true ’zone.”-Carol Parker Walsh

  48. "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."-Thomas Jefferson

  49. "Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."-Nathaniel Hawthorne

  50. "When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."-Audre Lorde

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Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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