15 Inspirational Career Quotes From 15 Inspiring Authors

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“Why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world–to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want.” ― Ayn Rand

“A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night” ― Marilyn Monroe

“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’.” ― Maya Angelou

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” ― Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

“Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

“Every job from the heart is, ultimately, of equal value. The nurse injects the syringe; the writer slides the pen; the farmer plows the dirt; the comedian draws the laughter. Monetary income is the perfect deceiver of a man’s true worth.” ― Criss Jami

“Begin somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.” ― Liz Smith

 “Often people attempt to live their lives backwards, they try to have more things or more money in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are then do what you need to do in order to have what you want. ” ― Margaret Young

“Cat, I’ll let you in on a little secret. We don’t all love our jobs every day. And doing something you have passion for doesn’t make the work part of it any easier…It just makes you less likely to quit.” ~ Georgia “The Friday Night Knitting Club” ― Kate Jacobs, The Friday Night Knitting Club

“I’m either going to be a writer or a bum.” ― Carl Sandburg

“I determine to render more and better service, each day, than I am being paid to render. Those that reach the top are the ones who are not content with doing only what is required of them.” ― Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman In The World

“The fishing is best where the fewest go and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone is aiming for base hits.” ― Timothy Ferriss

“You must love your work, and not be always looking over the edge of it, wanting your play to begin. And the other is, you must not be ashamed of your work, and think it would be more honorable to you to be doing something else. You must have a pride in your own work and in learning to do it well, and not be always saying, There’s this and there’s that—if I had this or that to do, I might make something of it. No matter what a man is—I wouldn’t give twopence for him’— here Caleb’s mouth looked bitter, and he snapped his fingers— ‘whether he was the prime minister or the rick-thatcher, if he didn’t do well what he undertook to do.” ― George Eliot, Middlemarch

“What you’re really supposed to be doing is whatever makes your heart sing.”― Barbara Sher, I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover

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Jim Woods is president of The Jim Woods Group. A management consulting firm. Go here to see his work www.jimwoodsgroup.com. He advises and speaks to organizations large and small on how to increase top line growth in times of uncertainty and complexity. Some of his speaking and consulting clients include: U.S. Army, MITRE Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool, and 3M. See more at his website www.jimwoodsgroup.com.

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