Whatever your reasons for needing a pick me up, I’ve selected some of my favourite career quotes to help you overcome that Monday morning feeling – whichever day of the week you’re feeling it on. So go grab a cuppa. Sit back and relax. And read 41 Inspirational Career Quotes To Get You Through The Working Week. For a boost of motivation and positive thinking to tackle the week ahead.

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

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

3. Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet. – Robert H. Schuller

4. I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything. – Jon Stewart

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

6. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do. – Helen Keller


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

— Brian White

7. It’s not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts. – Brian White

8. 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

9. 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

10. I used to be a classic workaholic, and after seeing how little work and career really mean when you reach the end of your life, I put a new emphasis on things I believe count more. These things include: family, friends, being part of a community, and appreciating the little joys of the average day. – Mitch Albom

11. 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

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

13. I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it. – Lou Holts

14. Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. – Mark Twain

15. Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. – Farrah Gray

16. Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them. – Vaibhav Shah

17. 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

18. If you’re waiting until you feel talented enough to make it, you’ll never make it. – Criss Jami

19. Fortune does favor the bold and you’ll never know what you’re capable of if you don’t try. – Sheryl Sandberg

20. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. – Les Brown

21. There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these. – Michael Nolan

22. 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

23. Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. – Tony Robbins

24. Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

25. 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


“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

26. Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde

27. Don’t confuse having a career with having a life. – Hillary Clinton

28. Work hard. And have patience. Because no matter who you are, you’re going to get hurt in your career and you have to be patient to get through the injuries. – Randy Johnson

29. You will always have ups and downs in your life and your career, but just stay positive and go for it. – Angelique Kerber

30. Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success. – Paul J. Meyer

31. A career is a series of ups and downs, of comebacks. – Steve Guttenberg

32. 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

33. I’m realizing for the first time, your life goes on while you’re trying to pursue this career. I saw my career as everything. But you have this life, too. Living your life fully, you come to know yourself better. You’ll find the place for it. – Nicholas D’Agosto

34. Passion is what gives meaning to our lives. It’s what allows us to achieve success beyond our wildest imagination. Try to find a career path that you have a passion for. – Henry Samueli

35. A career is born in public. Talent in privacy. – Marilyn Monroe

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

37. 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

38. If you don’t feel it, flee from it. Go where you are celebrated, not merely tolerated. – Paul F. Davis

39. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. – Milton Berle

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

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


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

— Anna Freud

By Amy Roullier
By Amy Roullier

Amy is the Founder and Editor of The Authentic Optimist. She talks all things life. From the highs to the lows, to all those messy bits in-between. She is a writer, rambler, lover of carbs (her true soulmate) and she is especially passionate about dispelling myths about women in their 30s. Amy lives in Lincolnshire with her two greyhounds.


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