21 quotes to inspire success in your career

Throughout the years, every person will experience a series of ups and downs in their career. Motivational quotes can come in handy here, providing us with a quick and nifty burst of wisdom to help us get back on track.

If you’re having a tough time with your current job or out looking for a better path to go down, here are 21 quotes to inspire success in your career:

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On motivation

“It is not what happens to you that determines how far you go in life; it is what you do with what happens to you.” — Zig Ziglar  

“Work to become, not to acquire.” — Elbert Hubbard

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” — Steve Jobs

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” — Abraham Lincoln

“A person going nowhere can be sure of reaching his destination.  Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase – just take the first step.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.  

On failure

“Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” — Gena Showalter

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” — Denis Waitley

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” — Johnny Cash

“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” — Lance Armstrong

“When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” — Ellen DeGeneres

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On hard work

“The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing.” — Michael E. Gerber  

“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

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.” — Margaret Thatcher

“I think the thing about that was I was always willing to work; I was not the fastest or biggest player but I was determined to be the best football player I could be on the football field and I think I was able to accomplish that through hard work.” — Jerry Rice

“Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.” — Lucille Ball

On following your passion

“Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.” — George Lucas

“Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate.” — Jon Bon Jovi

“Yes, in all my research, the greatest leaders looked inward and were able to tell a good story with authenticity and passion.” — Deepak Chopra

“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” — Steve Jobs

It is the soul’s duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion. — Rebecca West

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