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Advancing your career won’t always go smoothly because it’s basically about bringing your A-Game on a daily basis. Each day can have its highs and its lows, making this even harder.

There will be times when your career may go off the rails and you’ll be clueless about where to go next. So, to stay at the top of your game you need a few hacks to make it all easier on you.

This is for those times when you’re hammering away at urgent tasks in the hopes of managing your workplace, and when it’s time to jump ahead in your career.

That’s exactly why we’ve pulled together this list of 61 inspirational career quotes. It’ll help get your juices flowing when it’s most needed so you can move forward and fast-track your success.

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


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

Arthur Ashe

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

Francis of AssisiArthur Ashe

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

Milton Berle

There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.

Norman Vincent Peale

You can control two things: your work ethic and your attitude about anything.

Ali Krieger

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right

Henry Ford

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

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

Alice Walker

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

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

Helen Keller

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.

Thomas Paine

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

Kurt Cobain

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

Brian White

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


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

Thomas Jefferson

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.


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

Mae West

You are very powerful provided you know how powerful you are.

Yogi Bhajan

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

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

Johnny Carson

Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.

Norman Vincent Peale

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

Mia Hamm

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.

General George Patton

Management is nothing more than motivating people.

Lee Lacocca

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

The most effective way to do it is to do it.

Amelia Earhart

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.

Colin Powell

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

Les Brown

Leadership is about vision and responsibility, not power.

Seth Berkley

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

Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your two ears.

Laird Hamilton

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. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

Steve Jobs

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

William James

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


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

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

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.

Charles Swindoll

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.

Maya Angelou

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

Helen Keller

When a team takes ownership of its problems, the problem gets solved. It is true on the battlefield, it is true in business, and it is true in life.

Jocko Willink

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

Beverly Sills

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes

At the end of the day, you are in control of your own happiness. Life is going to happen whether you overthink it, overstress it or not. Just experience life and be happy along the way. You can’t control everything in your life, but you can control your happiness.

Holly Holm

I made decisions that I regret, and I took them as learning experiences. I’m human, not perfect, like anybody else.

Queen Latifah

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

Eddie Colla

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

Paulo Coelho

Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place. Have faith in your own abilities, work hard, and there is nothing you cannot accomplish.

Brad Henry

Being glamorous is about strength and confidence. It’s black and white – dramatic. You have to be strong.

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.

Joel Osteen

Use the Inspirational Career Quotes as Your Go-To Source
Feeling stuck or overwhelmed?

You can spend hours poring over a problem trying to force that light bulb to go off in your brain. Sometimes it’s best to stop and let some inspiration come your way.

Make this list your go-to source for inspiration.

There’s always a way to move the needle. You just need to know where to look.

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Katrina McKinnon

I'm Katrina McKinnon, the author behind Small Revolution. With two decades of hands-on experience in online work, running eCommerce stores, web agency and job boards, I'm now on a mission to empower you to work from home and achieve work-life balance. My passion lies in crafting insightful, education content. I have taught thousands of students and employees how to write, do SEO, manage eCommerce stores and work as Virtual Assistants. Join our most popular course: SEO Article Masterclass

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