Sometimes when you are feeling discouraged at work, I suggest you start reading about positive motivational quotes to encourage and empower yourself. You will start feeling better of yourself.
Here is a select compilation of positive quotes about work I find most inspiring and motivating. Read and be motivated by these quotes.
Positive Motivational Quotes 1-3
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Benjamin F. Fairless
What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
Positive Motivational Quotes 4-6
Work is love made visible. And if you can’t work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of the people who work with joy.
Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.
Desire! That’s the one secret of every man’s career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire.
Positive Motivational Quotes 7-9
Pope John XXIII
Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development.
I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it.
Positive Motivational Quotes 10-12
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.
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.
Positive Motivational Quotes 13-15
Only undertake what you can do in an excellent fashion. There are no prizes for average performance.
You got to like your work. You have got to like what you are doing, you have got to be doing something worthwhile so you can like it – because it is worthwhile, that it makes a difference, don’t you see?
There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.
Positive Motivational Quotes 16-18
Henry L. Doherty
Plenty of men can do good work for a spurt and with immediate promotion in mind, but for promotion you want a man in whom good work has become a habit.
We know where most of the creativity, the innovation, the stuff that drives productivity lies – in the minds of those closest to the work.
Each of the professions means a prejudice. The necessity for a career forces every one to take sides. We live in the age of the overworked, and the under-educated; the age in which people are so industrious that they become absolutely stupid.
Positive Motivational Quotes 19-21
Orison Swett Marden
Analyzing what you haven’t got as well as what you have is a necessary ingredient of a career.
Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.
Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all you heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.
Positive Motivational Quotes 22-24
Don’t set compensation as a goal. Find work you like, and the compensation will follow.
Our real problem is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.
The way you give your name to others is a measure of how much you like and respect yourself.
Positive Motivational Quotes 25-27
The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.
If you want a confidence, act as if you already have it. Try the “as if” technique.
The guy says, “When you work where I work, by the time you get home, it’s late. You’ve got to have a bite to eat, watch a little TV, relax and get to bed. You can’t sit up half the night planning, planning, planning.” And he’s the same guy who is behind on his car payment!
Positive Motivational Quotes 28-30
Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great.
Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.
One important key to success is self confidence. An important key to self confidence is preparation.
Positive Motivational Quotes 31-33
In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it: They must not do too much of it: And they must have a sense of success in it.
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
Positive Motivational Quotes 34-36
The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
You don’t have to change that much for it to make a great deal of difference. A few simple disciplines can have a major impact on how your life works out in the next 90 days, let alone in the next 12 months or the next 3 years.
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
Positive Motivational Quotes 37-39
The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!
Hard work means prosperity; only a fool idles away his time.
I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work.
Positive Motivational Quotes 40-42
James M. Barrie
Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.
The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.
Vincent Van Gogh
Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do. With such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.
Positive Motivational Quotes 43-45
Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.
The difference between a job and a career is the difference between forty and sixty hours a week.
Positive Motivational Quotes 46-48
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
The rare individual who honestly satisfies this heart-hunger (praise) will hold people in the palm of his hand, and even the undertaker will be sorry when he dies.
When we are doing what we love, we don’t care about time. For at least at that moment, time doesn’t exist and we are truly free.
Positive Motivational Quotes 49-51
The only way to get people to like working hard is to motivate them. Today, people must understand why they’re working hard. Every individual in an organization is motivated by something different.
A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work.
Get into a line that you will find to be a deep personal interest, something you really enjoy spending twelve to fifteen hours a day working at, and the rest of the time thinking about.
Positive Motivational Quotes 52-54
Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.
A successful man continues to look for work after he has found a job.
The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor find much fun in life.
Positive Motivational Quotes 55-57
You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don’t seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.
The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.
The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
Positive Motivational Quotes 58-60
Thomas A. Edison
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
George C. Hubbs
If your work is becoming uninteresting, so are you. Work is an inanimate thing and can be made lively and interesting only by injecting yourself into it. Your job is only as big as you are.
Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.
Positive Motivational Quotes 61-63
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The little that is completed, vanishes from the sight of one who looks forward to what is still to do.
The ultimate inspiration is the deadline.
Edwin H. Stuart
Men who do things without being told draw the most wages.
Positive Motivational Quotes 64-66
Mary Kay Ash
Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as you mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.
Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
Thomas A. Edison
Work while others are wishing.
Positive Motivational Quotes 67-69
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
Positive Motivational Quotes 70-72
Winners take time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Stephen B. Leacock
What we call creative work, ought not to be called work at all, because it isn’t. I imagine that Thomas Edison never did a day’s work in his last fifty years.
Positive Motivational Quotes 73-75
Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.
Positive Motivational Quotes 76-78
Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.
Look for an occupation that you like, and you will not need to labor for a single day in your life.
Thomas A. Edison
I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
Positive Motivational Quotes 79-81
Anyone who can be replaced by a machine deserves to be.
People who enjoy what they are doing invariably do it well.
William Ernest Hocking
I find that a man is as old as his work. If his work keeps him from moving forward, he will look forward with the work.
Positive Motivational Quotes 82-84
Sir William Osler
Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day’s work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition.
Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.
Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.
Positive Motivational Quotes 85-87
George Bernard Shaw
The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure is occupation.
Harry S. Truman
I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.
Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. That’s the mark of a true professional.
Positive Motivational Quotes 88-90
William Lyon Phelps
Whenever it is in any way possible, every boy and girl should choose as his life work some occupation which he should like to do anyhow, even if he did not need the money.
Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.
Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
Positive Motivational Quotes 91-93
Brian G. Jett
It’s easy to figure out who isn’t a team player. They’ll constantly remind the coach just how good they are.
What we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do.
There is no substitute for hard work.
Positive Motivational Quotes 94-96
Thomas A. Edison
If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.
If what you’re working for really matters, you’ll give it all you’ve got.
Work is not man’s punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.
Positive Motivational Quotes 97-99
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. That’s the mark of a true professional.
Positive Motivational Quotes 100-102
Dreams can come true, but there is a secret. They’re realized through the magic of persistence, determination, commitment, passion, practice, focus and hard work. They happen a step at a time, manifested over years, not weeks.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks.
Positive Motivational Quotes 103-106
Thomas A. Edison
Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
Johann Sebastian Bach
I was made to work. If you are equally industrious, you will be equally successful.
Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future.
Positive Motivational Quotes 107-109
You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.
Work for the fun of it, and the money will arrive some day.
Oh, give us the man who sings at his work.
Positive Motivational Quotes 110-113
The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive.
Ideas are funny little things. They don’t work unless you do.
Positive Motivational Quotes 114-116
It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.
The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of work.
To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun?
Positive Motivational Quotes 117-119
Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed—there’s so little competition.
Nobody can be successful if he doesn’t love his work, love his job.
You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.
Positive Motivational Quotes 120-122
You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of chance.
Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.
Positive Motivational Quotes 123-126
Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.
Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.
Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Positive Motivational Quotes 127-129
John D. Rockefeller
The common denominator for success is work.
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
Work as though you would live forever, and live as though you would die today.
Positive Motivational Quotes 130-132
Dr. Armand Hammer
When I work fourteen hours a day, seven days a week, I get lucky.
It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing or Harvard. We hire a man, not his history.
Nan S. Russell
The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
Positive Motivational Quotes 133-136
I don’t know anything of 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.
George Bernard Shaw
A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honourable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George P. Burnham
“I can’t do it” never yet accomplished anything; “I will try” has performed wonders.
Positive Motivational Quotes 137-139
Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.
Henry J. Kaiser
When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.
Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
Positive Motivational Quotes 140-142
Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.
You can’t always wait for the guys at the top. Every manager at every level in the organization has an opportunity, big or small, to do something. Every manager’s got some sphere of autonomy. Don’t pass the buck up the line.
You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.
Positive Motivational Quotes 143-145
William John Bennett
There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.
The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.
The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get into the office.
Positive Motivational Quotes 146-148
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.
Thomas A. Edison
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Positive Motivational Quotes 149-151
Norman Vincent Peale
People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.
Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well as now.
Joy comes from using your potential.
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