Work is a strange thing: sometimes you find yourself excited to get to work and motivated for the day, week, or project ahead of you. Other days the thought of another day at the office can make you want to pull up the covers and call it all in.
Today might be one of the great days when you may be feeling enthusiastic about work and looking for an extra bit of encouragement to give you that confidence boost. Or maybe today you’re in desperate need of some positivity – ANY positivity. Perhaps you’re a team leader, looking to inspire your team and get the best results out of them.
No matter who you are or what you do, you can benefit from the wisdom of visionaries, businesspeople, and achievers who have great things to say about keeping going and reaching your goals. Take it from people who have experienced the workday slog and made it through and learn from these inspiring people.
We have gathered some of the most motivational and inspiring quotes from people with different backgrounds, circumstances, and jobs to give you the boost you need today. You might even find your new role model or mantra to get you to your next big goal.
Motivational Quotes for Work
Give yourself that extra edge by taking on some of these motivational quotes. Once you find that purpose to get you going, there will be no stopping you!
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
-Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me
Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively, unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.
We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.
-Dr. Henry Link
The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
– C.S. Lewis
Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
-Alexander Graham Bell
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.
Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.
-Stephen R. Covey
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.
Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
-Louisa May Alcott
The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
The harder you work, the luckier you get.
If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.
The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.
Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.
-Marian Wright Edelman
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.
Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.
Inspirational Quotes for Work
As you read these quotes from courageous and bold individuals, let your mind be filled with the inspiration to do great things.
The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.
-Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop
Kid, there are heroes and there are legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you’ll never go wrong.
-Babe Ruth, The Sandlot
The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.
Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.
One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.
Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you someone who has never achieved much.
I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
-H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.
For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.
-Neil deGrasse Tyson
For every reason it’s not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded.
My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no one’s doing but my own. I am the force. I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice. My responsibility. Win or lose; only I hold the key to my destiny.
I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
Ignorance and fear are but matters of the mind—and the mind is adaptable.
Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.
Positive Quotes for Work
We’ve all heard that a positive mindset can change the outcomes of tasks. These great people have the stories to go with that philosophy.
When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.
-Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
If something is wrong, fix it now. But train yourself not to worry, worry fixes nothing.
Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you.
Nothing is impossible; the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!
Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.
Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are.
When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.
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
Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.
-Rafiki, The Lion King
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
-Dr. Robert Schuller
Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.
-George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
As long as they are well-intentioned, mistakes are not a matter for shame, but for learning.
Quotes about succeeding
Succeeding often hinges on how you face the difficulties. Great people who have succeeded had to fight their way to the top. Thankfully, they left their words of wisdom to help us get there too.
There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.
-Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
-Robert Louis Stevenson
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.
-Gertrude B. Elion, Biochemist and Nobel Prize Winner
Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.
You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind.
Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.
Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
Failure it appears is not the regret that haunts most people; it is the choice not to risk failure at all.
-Dr. John Izzo
Either you run the day or the day runs you.
If you hit the target every time, it’s too near or too big.