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Who doesn’t love career quotes?! Here’s a list of inspiring and motivating quotes about career and success for those days when you would rather be anywhere else but work.

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Let’s face it, we all have those days where we would rather be at the beach, hiking in a forest or exploring a museum instead of being at work!

Even when we love our jobs, some days can be challenging, unproductive, frustrating and dissatisfying, and that’s ok.

If you need a little help getting through the grind of a loonnnggg work day, then keep reading. I’ve complied a list of 47 non-cringeworthy career quotes to help brighten your day 😊

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Career development quotes

“Everyone has a calling and your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you were meant to be and to begin to honour that in the best way possible for yourself.” Oprah Winfrey

“If you don’t wake up in the morning excited to pick up where you left your work yesterday, you haven’t found your calling yet.” Mark Wallace

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

“It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.” Sheryl Sandberg

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” Abraham Lincoln

“I consider myself a labourer, building my career brick over brick in the sun.” Shakira

“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, therein lies your vocation.” Aristotle

“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

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

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

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” Stephen Hawking

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Rumi

“If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.” Jane Fonda

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

“You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.” Oprah Winfrey

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Pablo Picass

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

“If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.” Tony Gaskins

Career success quotes

“Success is not final, failure is final. It is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein

“Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things work out.” Art Linkletter

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

“The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.” Tony Robbins

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

“There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” Napoleon Hill

“It is not what happens to you that determines how far you go in life; it is what you do with what happens to you.” Zig Ziglar

Career motivation quotes

“Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.” Winston Churchill

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

“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” Chris Grosser

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase – just take the first step” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If it is to be, it is up to me.” William Johnsen

“Determination is worth much more than the sum total of your abilities.” Michelle Bridges

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” Oprah Winfrey

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

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” Gloria Steinem

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

“A life of reaction is a life of slavery. Intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.” Rita Mae Brown

“You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.” Diana Ross

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?” Robert Schuller

“Do what you have to do to be what you want to be.” Lorna Jane Clarkson

“Make an effort to understand who you are and then have the courage to just be yourself.” Claudia Sesterheim

“The last of the human freedoms: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Viktor Frankl

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outsides dreams, who looks inside awakens.” Carl Gustav Jung

“Ask yourself who you want to be.” Michelle Bridges

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”Henry Ford


Some workdays are tougher than others.  

Responding effectively to these challenges is important for our well-being, relationships and career.  

In the words of Winston Churchill (yes, ANOTHER Winston quote)…… 

 “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”


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Hi there, I'm Danielle Ward

Hi there, I'm Danielle Ward

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