Inspirational quotes for work are sometimes a nice pick-me-up for those tough days of work. If the daily grind finds you down on a day, have a read through these sayings to boost your spirits.
Our collection of quotes and images below includes favorites from Vince Lombardi, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Thomas Edison. So, start your scrolling down and enjoy the wit and wisdom of some great minds.
Best Inspirational Quotes For Work
1.) “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
You know there are a lot of definitions of what makes a person successful, but this one from noted author Maya Angelou is spot on.
2.) “Make each day your masterpiece.”
You’ve probably heard the expression, “Live in the moment.” Well, John Wooden’s quote takes your aspirations one step higher. Instead of just trying to get by, try to make each day your best — one you can be proud of.
3.) “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
Isn’t this statement from Teddy Roosevelt the truth. Confidence plays such a big part in the completion of tasks. This quote reminds me of the Henry Ford quotation, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.”
4.) “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”
The day-to-day commitment of successful people is what makes the difference between failure and success.
5.) “Never allow a person to tell you, “No,” who doesn’t have the power to say yes.”
If you’ve ever done cold call selling, this statement should speak very directly to you. Don’t let a gatekeeper prevent you from closing a sale. Be creative!
6.) “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses or the problems of modern society.”
Teamwork makes the dream work in all fields of life. From Super Bowls to super business programs, the key is to work together and bring out the best in everyone.
7.) “Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
Get the most out of every day keeps your progress going and usually ends in good things. Be patient. Keep your eye on the prize and keep working.
Good Inspirational Quotes For Work
8.) “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely, and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”
Much is expected from whom much has been given.
9.) “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”
Ultimately, a lot of the good habits you develop and practice benefit you the most. But the great paydays of tomorrow are generated from the work today.
10.) “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Thomas A. Edison
If you look at failures as simply another step on the way to success, you’ll enjoy your day-to-day work much better. Anyone who has accomplished something great has probably failed many times.
11.) “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”
If you can find a career that you really enjoy, the work and play element mix to where some of the time, you can’t tell the difference. When that’s the case, it feels a lot less like work.
12.) “To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.”
The fulfilled person truly enjoys their work. If the work is done well, usually the money and rewards will follow.
13.) “All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.”
Pope Paul VI
Embracing the struggles and hard work that happens to all of us is part of the process. Learn from your difficulties and challenges. Appreciate how you were able to work through them.
14.) “Every man’s work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.”
In a way, everyone puts a signature on their work output. From a floor being mopped effectively to a well-written book, your brand is on your finished product.
Work Inspirational Quotes
15.) “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
Life is a learning experiment. You grow from your challenges and your successes. Acknowledge who you are, what you like to do, and build a life around it.
16.) “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
Sometimes what we initially desire for our work changes dramatically as we go about it. Be open to change.
17.) “Your imagination is your preview of life coming attractions.”
If you can believe it, you can achieve it. A vivid imagination fosters your creativity and enables some of your greatest achievements.
18.) “Dream it. Wish it. Do it.”
Here’s your blueprint for success. Don’t stall out on the dream it or wish it stage. The biggest challenge is in the “do it” phase.
19.) “Sometimes later becomes never. Do it now.”
There are few second acts in life. If you have a goal, set out to accomplish it.
20.) “Don’t aim for success if you want it, just do what you love and believe in and it will come naturally.”
If you’re working on something you love, you’re much more likely to find success. The key is action.
Motivational Quotes For Work
Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you’re willing to do. (And) your attitude determines how well you do it.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
You don’t have to see the whole staircase; just take the first step.
Martin Luther King
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether he’s twenty or eighty.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau
Quote of the day for work
You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.
Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.
Your work is going to fill a are part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. 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.
Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Henry David Thoreau
Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
Alexander Graham Bell
A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but its persistence.
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
Nothing will work unless you do.
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
Franklin D Roosevelt
Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.
Arthur Christopher Benson
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.
Failure is not the opposite of success: it’s part of success.
Hard Work Quotes
I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
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
The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Hard work spotlights the character of people. Some turn up their sleeves. Some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.
Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.
Work Quotes to Inspire
Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.
The great danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.
Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pelé)
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
I’ve learned from experience that if you work harder at it, and apply more energy and time to it, and more consistency, you get a better result. It comes from the work.
Louis C. K.
Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.
Funny Hard Work Quotes
The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.
Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.
Dory, Finding Nemo
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
Vincent Van Gogh
Hustle and Hard Work Quotes
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
If a mind thinks with a believing attitude, one can do amazing things.
Norman Vincent Peale
Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.
Developing a good work ethic is key. Apply yourself at whatever you do, whether you’re a janitor or taking your first summer job because that work ethic will be reflected in everything you do in life.
The future depends on what you do today.
Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.
Staying inspired at work
So, we hoped you enjoy our quotations and images for work. In addition to reading through some of these for inspiration, it’s a good idea to talk to a friend or loved one if you’ve had a trying day.
Sometimes, hearing a different perspective will help you shape your thinking on an issue or challenge. Or, maybe a bike ride or walk will help you relax and think through the subject. Good luck.
By Mike O’Halloran
Mike is a writer and editor of Greeting Card Poet.
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