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My Favorite Inspiring Career Quotes

by | Dec 30, 2010 | General Career Advice

As we enter a brand new year, I know many of you may be facing career changes (both big and small) in the future. While this can be exciting and energizing, it can also easily become overwhelming and draining.

Below, I’ve listed a few of my favorite inspiring quotes to help motivate you to take meaningful action towards achieving your career goals now and throughout the year ahead, whatever your goals may be.

If you have a favorite that I haven’t listed here, please share in the comments. Enjoy!

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

You don’t need to win every medal to be successful.
–Jason Fried

A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.
–Charles Schwab

Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. You’ve got to find the treasure, so that everything you have learned along the way can make sense.
–Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.
–Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Work to become, not to acquire.
–Elbert Hubbar

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
–Maya Angelou

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

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
–Mark Twain

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

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
–Dr. Seuss

Life isn’t about waiting out the storm; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
–Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
–Thomas A. Edison

I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
–Thomas A. Edison

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.
–Thomas A. Edison

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
–Thomas A. Edison

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

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About the Author

Chrissy Scivicque is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and certified Professional Career Manager (PCM). She is an author, in-demand presenter and international speaker known for engaging, entertaining, educating and empowering audiences of all sizes and backgrounds. Learn more here.

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