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100 Inspirational Quotes For Work To Keep You Motivated

We all need a little extra motivation sometimes. This is especially true when you’re in a management position.

You have dozens of responsibilities to handle, from hiring and scheduling employees to doing inventory and accounting. Having all of these tasks to worry about isn’t always conducive to feeling motivated.

That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the best inspirational quotes for work. These quotes will keep you focused and give you the extra boost you need to make it through the tough days.

Inspirational Quotes For Work

Inspirational Quotes For Work

We’ve chosen some of the best inspirational quotes for work and put them into several different categories: perseverance, goals, change, and failure. Each of these topics has valuable lessons to offer any manager.

Inspirational Quotes For Work About Perseverance

1) “If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” —Steve Jobs

2) “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” —Ella Fitzgerald

3) “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” —Ayn Rand

4) “Never allow a person to tell you no, who doesn’t have the power to say yes.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

5) “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” —Henry Ford

6) “My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.” —Michael Jordan

7) “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” —Mahatma Gandhi

Inspirational Quotes For Work

8) “Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work, one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.“ —Ralph Waldo Emerson

9) “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)

10) “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” —Wayne Gretzky

11) “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” —Albert Einstein

12) “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” —Confucius

13) “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald

14) “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” —Newt Gingrich

15) “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” —Julie Andrews

16) “Through perseverance, many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.” —Benjamin Disraeli

17) “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” —William Feather

18) “We will either find a way or make one.” —Hannibal

19) “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” —Nelson Mandela

20) “The best way out is always through.” —Robert Frost

21) “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” —Robert Collier

22) “With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.” —Thomas Fowell Buxton

23) “Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.” —Napoleon Hill

24) “A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but its persistence.” —Jim Watkins

25) “We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.” —Helen Keller

Inspirational Quotes For Work About Goals

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26) “I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.” —Venus Williams

27) “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.“ —Confucius

28) “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” —Dalai Lama

29) “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” —Vince Lombardi

30) “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” —Abraham Lincoln

31) “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” —John Quincy Adams

32) “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” —Thomas Edison

33) “One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.” —Michelle Obama

34) “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” —C.S. Lewis

35) “All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” —Orison Swett Marden

36) “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” —Earl Nightingale

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37) “You have to set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought, you are stuck with something below your true talent and potential.” —Steve Garvey

38) “By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands—your own.” —Mark Victor Hansen

39) “All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to be or do. ” —Norman Vincent Peale

40) “Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.” —Jim Rohn

41) “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” —Zig Ziglar

42) “Goals should never be easy. They should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” —Michael Phelps

43) “It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.” —Benjamin E. Mays

44) “The thing about goals is that living without them is a lot more fun, in the short run. It seems to me, though, that the people who get things done, who lead, who grow and who make an impact… those people have goals.” —Seth Godin

45) “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.” –-Michelangelo

46) “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” –-Henry Ford

47) “A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot.” –-Joe Vitale

48) “The student has goals. The master has systems to reach her goals.” —Maxime Legace

49) “One day or day one. You decide.” —Paulo Coelho

50) “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” —Henry David Thoreau

Inspirational Quotes For Work About Change

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51) “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” —Lyndon Johnson

52) “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” —Charles Darwin

53) “If something is wrong, fix it now. But train yourself not to worry, worry fixes nothing.” —Ernest Hemingway

54) “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.“ —Pablo Picasso

55) “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” —Anne Frank

56) “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.” —Helen Keller

57) “Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” —Babe Ruth

58) “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.

59) “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” —Mahatma Gandhi

60) “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” —John F. Kennedy

61) “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” —Maya Angelou

62) “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” —Barack Obama

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63) “The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.” —Rupert Murdoch

64) “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing [themself].” —Leo Tolstoy

65) “Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.” —Frank Herbert

66) “All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” —Ellen Glasgow

67) “It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird — it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” —C. S. Lewis

68) “Change your opinions, keep to your principles. Change your leaves, keep your roots intact.” —Victor Hugo

69) “You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.” —Timothy Leary

70) “What’s dangerous is not to evolve.” —Jeff Bezos

71) “The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.” —James Russell Lowell

72) “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” —Confucius

73) “Ignorance is always afraid of change.” —Jawaharlal Nehru

74) “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” —John D. Rockefeller

75) “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” —Oprah Winfrey

Inspirational Quotes For Work About Failure

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76) “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” —Winston Churchill

77) “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” —Maya Angelou

78) “Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” —Harper Lee

79) “I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” —Benjamin Franklin

80) “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” —Truman Capote

81) “Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” —Voltaire

82) “Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” —Albert Einstein

83) “Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire.” —Oprah Winfrey

84) “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” —Japanese Proverb

85) “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” —Thomas Edison

86) “Failure is the only opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” —Henry Ford

87) “A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” —B.F. Skinner

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88) “Failure is often that early morning hour of darkness which precedes the dawning of the day of success.” —Leigh Mitchell Hodges

89) “A winner is just a loser who tried one more time.” —George M. Moore Jr.

90) “Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” —George Edward Woodberry

91) “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” —Babe Ruth

92) “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” —Winston Churchill

93) “Ask yourself this question: ‘Will this matter a year from now?’” —Richard Carlson

94) “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” —Ken Robinson

95) “Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.” —Morihei Ueshiba

96) “Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo.” —Jon Sinclair

97) “Don’t think of it as failure. Think of it as time-released success.” —Robert Orben

98) “A minute’s success pays the failure of years.” —Robert Browning

99) “Failure is success in progress.” —Albert Einstein

100) “Failure defeats losers, but it inspires winners.” —Robert T. Kiyosaki

The Bottom Line

Work isn’t always easy because it’s, well, work. It’s important to remember that everyone struggles, everyone fails, and we all lose motivation sometimes.

That’s why these 100 inspirational quotes for work are good to know. They’re quotes from people who’ve accomplished magnificent things in their lives but, at one point or another, were down and out. Never forget that!

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We all need a little extra inspiration now and then. This is especially true when you’re a busy manager and you feel like you’re overwhelmed with responsibilities like hiring, scheduling, inventory, accounting, and everything else.

When you feel defeated, take a few minutes to read through this list of inspirational quotes for work and then get back on the road to success.

The Sling app can help. Sling streamlines scheduling, team communication, time-tracking, payroll, and all things workforce management so you can stay focused on building your business.

Sling truly is the turn-key solution to simplify your work life, give you more time to focus on building your business, and inspire your team to greatness.

Finally, we’d like to close with one last quote to help you keep perspective during a tough time:

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” —Elbert Hubbard

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