The Ultimate List of Career Quotes [365+ Quotes to Motivate & Inspire You] | CareerMetis.com

We all go through challenges in our careers.. don’t we?

Some of us question the career paths we have chosen; while others struggle to secure the right job offers; yet there are others who are discouraged for not landing that promotion.

Regardless of the setback – we all face (or will face) some type of challenge in our careers. 

To help give you a boost or even a tiny dose of motivation – we have compiled a list of 365+ Inspirational Career Quotes

That’s one motivational quote for each day of the year!!

Think of this list as your daily pep-talk. Come to this page. Read these quotes whenever you feel that you are facing hurdles in your job or career. 

No matter who you are – a new graduate, a young professional, or a seasoned professional – we are confident that this list will be useful.

Read on for 365+ Inspirational and Motivational Career Quotes to help you soar in your careers.



“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.

Bob Dylan


“He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.” 

George Bernard Shaw


“By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.”

Robert Frost


“Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.”

Hillary Clinton


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

Jane Fonda  


“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.”

Mike Wallace


“Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.”

Tim Ferriss


“You will never feel 100% ready when an opportunity arises. So just do it.”

Author Unknown


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

Eleanor Roosevelt


“I’ve missed more than 9000 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


“If you don’t build your dream. Someone will hire you to help build theirs.”

Tony Gaskins


“Forget the risk and take the fall, if it’s what you want, then it’s worth the fall.”

Author Unknown


“The difference between a job and a career is the difference between forty and sixty hours a week.”

Robert Frost


“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

Wayne Gretzky


“I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”

Elon Musk


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

Steve Jobs


“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

Mark Twain


“When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.”

Jodi Picoult


“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

Chinese proverb


“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 


“Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.”

Vaibhav Shah


“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

Vince Lombardi


“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


“Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it.”

Charles Swindoll


“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

Oprah Winfrey


“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

Jimmy Dean


The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than growing with them.”

Bernard M. Baruch


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

Stephen Covey


“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”

Thomas Jefferson


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

Henry Ford


“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”

Peter Drucker


“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

Robert Collier


“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


When you work with people whom you like and you admire because they’re so good at what they do, it doesn’t feel like work. It’s like you’re playing.

Stan Lee


“The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”

Amelia Earhart


“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

Vidal Sassoon


“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

Robert Louis Stevenson


“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

Ayn Rand


“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”

Farrah Gray


“Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.”

Carl Bard


“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

Dalai Lama


“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.”

Vincent van Gogh


“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

Albert Einstein


“The successful warrior is the average man with laser-like focus.”

Bruce Lee


“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”

Leonardo da Vinci


“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”

Booker T. Washington


“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”

Jamie Paolinetti


“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


“Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80 to 100 hour weeks every week. [This] improves the odds of success. If other people are putting in 40 hour workweeks and you’re putting in 100 hour workweeks, then even if you’re doing the same thing, you know that you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve.”

Elon Musk


“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.”

Andrew Carnegie


“If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it–teach yourself to be impatient.”

Gurbaksh Chahal


“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”

George Addair


“Nothing will work unless you do.”

Maya Angelou


“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”

Steve Jobs


“The No. 1 reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.”

Napoleon Hill


“I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.”

Estee Lauder

“To be successful, you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like.”

Mike Gafka


“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


“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”

Eleanor Roosevelt


“Low self-confidence isn’t a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered — just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better.”

Barrie Davenport


“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

Golda Meir


“Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.”

T. Harv Eker


“You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.”

Dr. Robert Anthony


“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”

Sir Edmund Hillary


“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

Dale Carnegie

“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


“The best revenge is massive success.”

Frank Sinatra


“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

Alice Walker


“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.”

Latin Proverb


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

Katharine Whitehorn


“Go where you are celebrated—not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start. “

Author Unknown


“You are unrepeatable. There is a magic about you that is all your own.”

D.M. Dell


“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. ”

Marilyn Monroe


“The future depends on what you do today. ”

Mahatma Gandhi


“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. ”

Mae West


“If you’re not the hero of your talent story, you simply become a player in one you didn’t choose. ”

Jay Perry


“If you find yourself in a hole; stop digging. ”

Sharon Cooke Vargas


“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”

Henry David Thoreau


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

Chris Grosser


“If you can DREAM it, you can DO it. ”

Walt Disney


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

George Lucas


“The harder I practice, the luckier I get. ”

Gary Player


“When one door closes another opens but all too often there is a long hallway in between. ”

Rick Jarow


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

Albert Einstein


“Insist on yourself. Never imitate.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“It’s not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts. ”

Brian White


 “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn. ”

Gore Vidal


“As long as you’ve got passion, faith, and are willing to work hard, you cando anything and have anything you want in this world.”

Author Unknown


“If you want to be more productive, then start at the start: get there on time. Whether it is a meeting, a flight, an appointment or a date, it’s important to ensure you are there when you say you will be there. This may feel like an old-fashioned tip to give, but it has served me well for five decades in business.” 

Sir Richard Branson


“Be true to what naturally interests you – and be brave enough to turn an obsession into a profession. ”

Shelly Branch


“Desperation works in job search as well as it does in dating. ”

Darrell Gurney


“Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people”

John D. Rockefeller


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

Eleanor Roosevelt


“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


“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”

Warren Buffett


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

Thomas A. Edison


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

Abraham Lincoln


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

George Eliot


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

David Foster Wallace


“A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory. ”

Arthur Golden


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

Nelson Mandela


“Follow your passion; Do not get married to it, though. ”

Ashok Kallarakkal


“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”

Proverb


“Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy. ”

Author Unknown


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

Anna Freud


“A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night. ”

Marilyn Monroe


“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ” 

William James


“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


“Pitting your dream against someone else’s is a fantastic way to get discouraged and depressed. ”

Jon Acuff


“Some people make enough, some people don’t, and it has nothing to do with their paycheck. ”

Janene Murphy


“There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. ”

Aristotle


 “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. ”

Sheryl Sandberg


“Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. ”

Gloria Steinem


“A mind that is stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions. ”

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr


“No one can discover you until you do. Exploit your talents, skills and strengths and make the world sit up and take notice. ”

Rob Liano


“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. ”

Mark Twain


“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. ”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


 “Know the difference between your hobbies and your passions. ”

B.S. Wood


“If we all did the things we are capable of doing,we would literally astound ourselves.”

Thomas Edison


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

Jon Stewart


“Whatever you are, be a good one. ”

Abraham Lincoln


“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. ”

Mark Twain


“Hide not your talents, they for use were made;what’s a sundial in the shade?”

Benjamin Franklin


“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try. ”

Seth Godin


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

Confucius


“The worst days of those who enjoy what they do, are better than the best days of those who don’t. ”

E. James Rohn


“Begin somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do. ”

Liz Smith


“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. ”

Les Brown


“If you have time to judge other people, you have way too much time on your hands. Get off your ass and do something meaningful. ”

Shane Gibson


“I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do. ”

Helen Keller


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

Johnny Carson


“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. ”

Harriet Beecher Stowe


“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. ”

Ancient Indian Proverb


“When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they take better care of it there. ”

Cecil Selig


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

Maya Angelou


“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do. ”

Confucius


“Work to become, not to acquire. ”

Elbert Hubbard


“You must understand the following: In order to master a field, you must love the subject and feel a profound connection to it. Your interest must transcend the field itself and border on the religious.

 Robert Greene


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

Carlton Fisk


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

Robert H. Schuller


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

Katherine Whitehorn


“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. ”

General George Patton


“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

Beverly Sills


“Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way. ”

Charles Bukowski


“You’ll never make a fortune working for the boss man. ”

Jeannette Wall


“I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career. ”

Gloria Steinem


“I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it.”

Lou Holtz


“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

Donald Kendall


 “Behind every successful man, there’s a lot of unsuccessful years.”

Bob Brown


“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”

Author Unknown


“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”

Thomas Jefferson


“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.”

Sidney Greenberg


“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.”

Epictetus


“A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.”

Charles Schwab


“It’s fun doing something that hasn’t been done before.”

Stan Lee


“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”

Paulo Coelho


“Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

Goethe


“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

Seneca


“I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.”

Thomas A. Edison


“If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldn’t call it genius.”

Michelangelo


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes


“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself; you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you’ll have more success than you could possibly have imagined.”

Roger Caras


“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


“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”

Andrew Carnegie


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

Dr. Robert Schuller


“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would astound ourselves.”

Thomas A. Edison


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

Oprah Winfrey


“If you have a talent, use it in every way possible. Don’t hoard it. Don’t dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.”

Brendan Francis


“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.”

Arnold Toynbee


“You’re happiest while you’re making the greatest contribution.”

Robert F. Kennedy


“Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.”

Cadet Maxim


If you never want to be criticized, for goodness sake don’t do anything new.

Jeff Bezos


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

Art Linkletter


 “Don’t stop until you’re proud.”

Author Unknown


“I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”

Elon Musk


“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.”

Samuel Johnson


“Behold the turtle: He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.”

James Bryant Conant


“Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.”

J. Willard Marriott


“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.”

William Feather


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


“If you think your teacher is tough, wait ’til you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.”

Bill Gates


“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill


“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Thomas A Edison


“The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing.”

Michael E. Gerber


 “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


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

Tony Robbins


“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


“Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.”

Denis Waitley


“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


“The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.”

Lee Iacocca


“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


“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

Warren Buffett


 “We change our behavior when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change.”

Henry Cloud


“A person going nowhere can be sure of reaching his destination.  Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase – just take the first step.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.


“The past exists only in our memories, the future only in our plans. The present is our only reality.”

Robert Pirsig


“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.”

Michaelangelo


“Where I am today is my starting point. Who I am today is my starting point. My failures and successes of the past, my fears and hopes of the future are all shadows. Today is my reality, and I’ll use it to create my world.”

Taylor Stevens


““The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.”

Robert Greene


“It’s better to move forward at a snail’s pace, than backward at any pace.”

Rhonda Begos


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

Claudia Sesterheim


“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

Milton Berle


“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

Henry Ford


“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 Stowe


“Trying to do it all and expecting it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.”

Sheryl Sandberg


“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


“Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. You have a life.”

Cheryl Strayed


“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”

Japanese proverb


“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”

Thomas Jefferson


“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

George Santayana


“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”

Andrew Carnegie


 “One’s best success comes after their greatest disappointments.”

Author Unknown


“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

Benjamin Franklin


“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”

Arthur Ashe


“Do not many of us who fail to achieve big things … fail because we lack concentration — the art of concentrating the mind on the thing to be done at the proper time and to the exclusion of everything else?”

John D. Rockefeller


“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill


“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”

Norman Vincent Peale


“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”

Sir Richard Branson


“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

Wayne Gretzky


“Do what you have to do, to do what you want to do.”

Denzel Washington


“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Eleanor Roosevelt


“I’m playing; I’m here. I’m going to fight until they tell me they don’t want me anymore.”

Steve Nash


“Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s OK to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing.”

H. Stanley Judd


“Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.”

Author Unknown


“Opportunities don’t often come along. So, when they do, you have to grab them.”

Audrey Hepburn


“Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.”

Brian Tracy


“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

Alexander Graham Bell


“Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.”

Marva Collins


“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

Robert F. Kennedy


“Never tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”

Author Unknown


“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

Bill Gates


“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Walt Disney


“Every experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward.”

Brian Tracy


“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

Thomas Jefferson


“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.”

Calvin Coolidge


“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

Maya Angelou


“Decisions are a way of defining ourselves. There comes a time in life when there is nothing else to do but go your own way. Where you are headed there are no trails, no paths, just your own instincts.”

Sergio Bambaren


“I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.”

Jeff Bezos


“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Count Leo Tolstoy


“Change is the end result of all true learning. Change involves three things: First, a dissatisfaction with self — a felt void or need; second, a decision to change to fill the void or need; and third, a conscious dedication to the process of growth and change — the willful act of making the change, doing something.”

Leo Buscaglia


“The secret of long life is double careers. One to about age sixty, then another for the next thirty years.”

David Ogilvy


“Your power to choose your direction of your life allows you to reinvent yourself, to change your future, and to powerfully influence the rest of creation.”

Stephen R. Covey


“God give me the serenity to accept things which cannot be changed; Give me courage to change things which must be changed; And the wisdom to distinguish one from the other.”

Reinhold Niebuhr


“I’ve met a few people who had to change their jobs in order to change their lives, but I’ve met many more people who merely had to change their motive to service in order to change their lives.”

Peace Pilgrim


“It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do.”

Elbert Hubbard


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

Bobby Unser


“If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development.”

Brian Tracy


“What is it that you like doing? If you don’t like it, get out of it, because you’ll be lousy at it. You don’t have to stay with a job for the rest of your life, because if you don’t like it you’ll never be successful in it.”

Lee Iacocca


“People don’t choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.”

John Dos Passos


“Prayer is less about changing the world than it is about changing ourselves.”

David J. Wolpe


“I’m happiest when I’m working. If I’m not working, I feel like I’m wasting my time.”

Stan Lee


“You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.”

Warren Beatty


“A good manager is a man who isn’t worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him. My advice: Don’t worry about yourself. Take care of those who work for you and you’ll float to greatness on their achievements.”

H.S.M. Burns


“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

George Bernard Shaw


“If one desires a change, one must be that change before that change can take place.”

Gita Bellin


“Make each day useful and cheerful and prove that you know the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be happy, old age without regret and life a beautiful success.”

Louisa May Alcott


“Don’t ever let economic alone determine your career or how you spend the majority of your time.”

Denis Waitley


“Analyzing what you haven’t got as well as what you have is a necessary ingredient of a career.”

Grace Moore


“Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. Education is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them.”

Henry S. Commager


“Success is about who you are, not what you have. Successful people work to discover their talents, to develop those talents, and then to use those talents to benefit others as well as themselves.”

Tom Morris


“Your decision to be, have and do something out of the ordinary entails facing difficulties that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else.”

Brian Tracy


“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

Norman Vincent Peale


“Success is buried on the other side of rejection.”

Tony Robbins


“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

Andrew Carnegie


“In anything we do, any endeavour, it’s not what you do; it’s why you do it.”

Howard Schultz


“Goals on the road to achievement cannot be achieved without discipline and consistency.”

Denzel Washington


“The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to achieving your dreams.”

Og Mandino


“The minute you begin to do what you want to do, it’s a different kind of life.”

R. Buckminster Fuller


“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and falling over.”

Sir Richard Branson


“What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.”

Benjamin F. Fairless


“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.”

Mike Murdock


“Sometimes you have to do the work and hope the career materializes.”

Michael Lipsey


“When it becomes more difficult to suffer than change — then you will change.”

Author Unknown


“Don’t wait for opportunity to come knocking on your door… go out and give it directions.”

Author Unknown


The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.”

Napoleon Hill


“Do not leave your reputation to chance or gossip; it is your life’s artwork, and you must craft it, hone it, and display it with the care of an artist.”

Robert Greene


“People who wait for changes to occur on the outside before they commit to making changes on the inside will never make any changes at all.”

Author Unknown


“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

Winston Churchill


Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

George Patton


“Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing, and you’ll never be criticized.”

John Willys


“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

Theodore Roosevelt


“There comes ‎a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up for sex for your old age?”

Warren Buffet


“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word—excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”

Pearl Buck


“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.”

Samuel Johnson


 “Management is nothing more than motivating people.”

Lee Iacocca


“The only way to get people to like working hard is to motivate them. Today, people must understand why they’re working hard. Every individual in an organization is motivated by something different.”

Rick Pitino


“Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.”

Jeff Bezos


“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.”

Dale Carnegie


“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

Maya Angelou


“Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.”

Hillary Clinton


“I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.”

Mia Hamm


“There are two kinds of people—those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.”

Indira Gandhi


 “You can observe a lot by watching.”

Yogi Berra


 “If everybody’s thinking alike, then somebody’s not thinking.”

George Patton


 “An optimist sees opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.

Winston Churchill


“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

Steve Jobs


 “Progress always involves risk. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.”

Robert Quillen


“The biggest risk is not taking any risk…. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

Mark Zuckerberg


“If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 35 more letters.”

Claire Cook


“Never tell your problems to anyone … 20% don’t care and the other 80% are glad you have them.”

Lou Holtz


 “If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they’ll do business with   you.”

Zig Ziglar


 “When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can oftentimes arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions. Most people just don’t put in the time or energy to get there.”

Steve Jobs


 “Customers don’t expect you to be perfect. They do expect you to fix things when they go wrong.”

Donald Porter


“Always deliver more than expected.”

Larry Page


““Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.”

Napoleon Hill


“You are what you think. So just think big, believe big, act big, work big, give big, forgive big, laugh big, love big, and live big.”

Andrew Carnegie


 “Business is like poker. You have to be able to read people. You have to understand the odds of a particular endeavor. You need to make calculated bets. And you have to get lucky.”

Richard D. Harroch


“Be nice to geeks; you’ll probably end up working for one.”

Bill Gates


 “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are asking, what’s in it for me?”

Brian Tracy


“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

Nolan Bushnell


 “Don’t be cocky. Don’t be flashy. There’s always someone better than you.”

Tony Hsieh


“Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities, and don’t let the bastards get you down.”

Michael Bloomberg


“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into smaller manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

Mark Twain


“One can get anything if he is willing to help enough others get what they want.”

Zig Ziglar


“Never, never, never give up.”

Winston Churchill


“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”

John Maxwell


 “Set impossible challenges. Then catch up with them.”

Sir Richard Branson


“This is what I tell young women who ask me for career advice: People are going to try to trick you. To make you feel that you are in competition with one another. You’re up for a promotion. If they go for a woman, it’ll be between you and Barbara. Don’t be fooled. You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone.”

Tina Fey


“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


“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”

Mark Twain


 “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


“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards. They try to have more things or more money in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do in order to have what you want.”

Margaret Young


“What you’re really supposed to be doing is whatever makes your heart sing.”

Barbara Sher


“Know the difference between your hobbies and your passions.”

B.S. Wood


“Be true to what naturally interests you—and be brave enough to turn an obsession into a profession.”

Shelly Branch


“Don’t be in a hurry about finding your work in the world for yourself—you are not old enough to judge for yourself yet. But just look about you in the place you find yourself in, and try to make things a little better and honester there.”

Thomas Hughes


“If you don’t feel it, flee from it. Go where you are celebrated, not merely tolerated.”

Paul F. Davis


“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”

Kurt Cobain


“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

Francis of Assisi


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

Gloria Steinem


“There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these”

Michael Nolan


“Don’t feel sorry for yourself, only assholes do that.”

Haruki Murakami


““If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”

Barack Obama


“Think of it this way: There are two kinds of failure. The first comes from never trying out your ideas because you are afraid, or because you are waiting for the perfect time.This kind of failure you can never learn from, and such timidity will destroy you.

The second kind comes from a bold and venturesome spirit. If you fail in this way, the hit that you take to your reputation is greatly outweighed by what you learn.

Repeated failure will toughen your spirit and show you with absolute clarity how things must be done.”

Robert Greene


“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”

Napoleon Hill


“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

Tony Robbins


 “You have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.”

Jeff Bezos


“Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world…if you do so, you are insulting yourself.”

Bill Gates


Every time you have to make a choice about anything, think, ‘Does this go toward or away from what I want?’ Always choose what goes toward what you want.”

Barbara Sher


“If you are interested in what you do, that keeps you going.”

Stan Lee


“If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.”

Elon Musk


“Success can be attained in any branch of human labor. There is always room at the top in every pursuit. Concentrate all your thought and energy upon the performance of your duties.”

Andrew Carnegie


“Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t.”

Michelle Obama


“Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better. ”

Martin Luther King Jr.


““Even though your time on the job is temporary, if you do a good enough job, your work there will last forever.”

 Idowu Koyenikan


“Whatever you do, do it with purpose. Being focused is not something to be ashamed of. It is something to be proud of. When you know what are you are doing and have a clear vision of where you are going, you will not need to chase opportunities.

Opportunities will seek you. Happiness will chase you. And, instead of being a choice, you will be the one choosing.”

Najwa Zebian


““There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equals as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that’s that. I am not talented. I am obsessed.”

Conor McGregor


“The world will not remember what you say, but it will not forget what you have done.”

Jack Ma


“It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.”

Warren Buffett


“The best way of learning about anything is by doing.”

Sir Richard Branson


“Don’t do things the way they’ve always been done. Done try to fit into the system. If you do what’s expected of you, you’ll never accomplish more than others expect.”

Howard Schultz


“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”

J.P. Morgan


“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success”

John D. Rockefeller


“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

Henry Ford


“All good ideas start out as bad ideas, that’s why it takes so long.”

Steven Spielberg


“If you set your goals ridiculously high and its a failure, you will fail above everyone elses success”

James Cameron


“I’d be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I’d been given. I’d be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.”

Denzel Washington


“…If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires”

 Malcolm Gladwell


“Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan”

Margaret Thatcher


“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


“Every expert was once a beginner.”

Rutherford B. Hayes


“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

Harry S. Truman


“Never be satisfied with less than your very best effort. If you strive for the top and miss, you’ll still ‘beat the pack.”

Gerald R. Ford


“If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.”

Bill Clinton



So there you go – we shared our list of 365 Career Quotes to help you feel inspired. 

Which one resonated the most with you? Let us know in the comments below.

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Nissar Ahamed is the Founder & CEO of CareerMetis.com. He is also the host of The Career Insider Podcast and the co-host of The C.A.R.E. Podcast