15 Inspirational Quotes to Apply to Your Career Today

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Whether you’re still on active duty, searching for a civilian job or currently employed – we could all use a little career motivation from time to time. Here are 15 quotes you can immediately apply to your life to jumpstart your career (or even just help you get through a rough day).

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

2. “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

3. “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius


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

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

6. “If offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” – Sheryl Sandberg

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7. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

8. “Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.” – David Foster Wallace

9. “Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for it.” – Katherine Whitehorn

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10. “Go where you are celebrated –not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start.” – Unknown

11. “Every experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward.” – Brian Tracy

12. “It’s better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than to be on the top of one you don’t.” – Chris Guillebeau

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13. “Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

14. “Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.” – Oprah

15. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt



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