48 Motivational Career Quotes To Help You Find Success

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published August 11, 2021

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Motivation can help you make progress and advance in your career and accomplish your goals. Being able to motivate yourself can be important for building a successful career. Sometimes inspirational quotes can be helpful in finding the motivation to work hard to reach your goals. In this article, we list 48 motivational career quotes to help you keep a positive attitude while building your career.

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48 motivational career quotes

Whether you're just beginning your career or have many years of experience, here is a list of motivational career quotes that can help you overcome your daily challenges:

Quotes about believing in yourself

Consider the following quotes about believing in yourself and the effects it can have:

  1. “Believe you can and you're halfway there.” - Theodore Roosevelt

  2. “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,' then by all means, paint and that voice will be silenced.” - Vincent Van Gogh

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

  4. “You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” - Yogi Bhajan

  5. “I was once afraid of people saying, ‘Who does she think she is?' Now, I have the courage to stand and say, 'This is who I am.'" - Oprah Winfrey

  6. "The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you." - William Jennings Bryan

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

  8. “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

  9. “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

  10. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde

Related: Q&A: How To Be More Confident at Work

Quotes about creating success

The following quotes can help you remember you can create your own success:

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

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

  3. Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” - St. Francis of Assisi

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

  5. “Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.” - Dennis Waitley

  6. “It's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen.” - Scott Belsky

  7. “In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision.” - Peter F. Drucker

  8. “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” - John F. Kennedy

  9. “Write your own book instead of reading someone else's book about success.” - Herb Brooks

Quotes about overcoming fear

These are quotes about why it's important to overcome your fear and take those risks:

  1. “Risk something or forever sit with your dreams.” - Herb Brooks

  2. “If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done.” - Thomas Jefferson

  3. “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

  4. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” - Albert Einstein

  5. “Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” - George Addair

  6. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” - Aristotle Onassis

  7. “A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.” - Arthur Golden

  8. “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” - Seth Godin

  9. “It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career." - Carlton Fisk

  10. "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

Related: How To Overcome Fear of Failure

Quotes about hard work

The following quotes can help you find the motivation to do the hard work that helps you succeed:

  1. "I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do." - Helen Keller

  2. “The harder I practice, the luckier I get.” - Gary Player

  3. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” - Beverly Sills

  4. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” - Stephen King

  5. “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.” - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

  6. “You can control two things: your work ethic and your attitude about anything.” - Ali Krieger

  7. “Well done is better than well said.” - Benjamin Franklin

  8. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” - Tony Robbins

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

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Quotes about deciding to act

The following quotes can remind you that finishing something begins with deciding to do it:

  1. "There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.” - Aristotle

  2. “Do or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda

  3. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” - William James

  4. “You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do.” - Confucius

  5. “Forget about making mistakes, just do it.” - Ajaero Tony Martins

  6. “To begin, begin.” - William Wordsworth

  7. "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." - Chinese proverb

  8. “Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

  10. “The most effective way to do it is to do it.” - Amelia Earhart

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