Motivational Quotes for Work

And, last but not least, what about motivational quotes that help us work hard and smart? Work constitutes such a significant part of our lives, so inextricably woven into the fabric of our existence, that it really is important to not only work for a living but to work and focus smarter and to also motivate yourself on rough days.

For this reason, many successful have come before us to provide us with the required guidance:

  • “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn
  • “I am a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson

Interestingly enough, research (such as Motivation Factor and Boston Research Group, 2012) has shown the differences about what motivates women and men on the example of work which can also be translated into other areas of life as well.

Whereas men are more motivated by more practical and ‘concrete’ motivating factors, such as their salaries, women give a greater importance to emotions, interpersonal relationships, respect, and intuition. Men find it important to succeed at their tasks, they find it important to keep deadlines, they need to know the truth and, above all, they want to achieve their goals. Men generally also tend to respond better to financial rewards in any aspect of their lives and may be willing to work harder to obtain them.

Men also seem to be motivated by feeling needed ( Research seems to indicate that the feeling of being able to make autonomous decisions and having a personal autonomy constitutes a much higher priority than for women. Men also seem to be more motivated by measurable success

( Nevertheless, work is a part of all our lives and thus observing the differences in what drives us has proven to be of the utmost importance as there is no Holy Grail of motivation at work and one-size-fits-all solutions cannot be applied in work settings (

If people are motivated properly, their engagement and loyalty will be improved. For this reason, there are thousands upon thousands of motivational quotes on work available by various individuals that can help embrace all our variety in motivators.

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

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

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.

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.
Vince Lombardi

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
Colin Powell


The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

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

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
Dalai Lama

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


If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
Dalai Lama

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

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

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale,

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
Ayn Rand

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
Jim Rohn

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
Abraham Lincoln

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln

You win by effort, by commitment, by ambition, by quality, by expressing yourself individually but in the team context.
José Mourinho

If two men on the same job agree all the time, one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless.

Darryl F. Zanuck


Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.
H.E. Luccock

Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.
Warren Buffet

When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.
Paulo Coelho

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin

Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championship.
Micheal Jordan

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
Judy Garland

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.
Albert Einstein

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson


Don’t Let Yesterday Take Up Too Much of Today.
Will Rogers

A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.
Mildred Struven

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
David Brinkley

Refuse failure. No matter how difficult the obstacles, find a way to around them.
JJ Goldwag

Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.
Patrick Suskind

The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.
Harry Golden

The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.
Charles Dickens

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
Lao Tzu

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude”.
Zig Ziglar

Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.
Jim Roh


When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt..
Henry J. Kaiser

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.
Vince Lombard

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
Colin Powell

Either you run the day, or the day runs you.
Jim Rohn

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers

Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.
Ralph Marston

Genius is born—not paid.
Oscar Wilde

I will prepare and someday my chance will come.
Abraham Lincoln

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
Henry Ford

You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.
Barack Obama


All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.
Calvin Coolidge

Becoming is better than being.
Carol Dweck

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
Theodore Roosevelt

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.
George Addai

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.
Bruce Lee

Very often, a change of self is needed more than a change of scene
A.C. Benson

You can worry about the competition…or you can focus on what’s ahead of you and drive fast.
Jack Dorsey

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.
Lou Holtz

Keep your face to the sun and you cannot see the shadows.
Helen Keller

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
Joshua J. Marine


Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
Mark Twain

Embrace the pain to inherit the gain.
Habeeb Akande

Goodness and hard work are rewarded with respect.
Luther Campbell

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.
Louis Pasteur

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.
Lucius Seneca

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
Vince Lombardi

The best things in life are often waiting for you at the exit ramp of your comfort zone.
Karen Salmansohn

The expert in anything was once a beginner.
Helen Hayes

The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.
Charles Kingsleigh

The power of imagination makes us infinite.
John Muir


I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.
Lewis Carroll

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.
Babe Ruth

It’s life. You don’t figure it out. You just climb up on the beast and ride.
Rebecca Wells

Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.
Jamie Paolinetti

Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
Benjamin Franklin

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, I’m possible!”
Audrey Hepburn

Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.
Hasidic Proverb

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
Amelia Earhart

There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job.
Terence Fletcher


Happiness is the real sense of fulfilment that comes from hard work.
Joseph Barbara

If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.
Elizabeth Gilbert

Life is about making an impact, not making an income.
Kevin Kruse

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
Michael Jordan

Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.
Helena Rubinstein

Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.
Robert Hall

I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
Thomas Jefferson

I got lucky because I never gave up the search. Are you quitting too soon? Or are you willing to pursue luck with a vengeance?
Jill Konrath

If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.
Zig Zigler


If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh

No great achiever – even those who made it seem easy – ever succeeded without hard work.
Jonathan Sacks

Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top.
Paul Coffey

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas Edison

If you hit the target every time, it’s too near or too big.
Tom Hirshfield

“Someone, at some point, came up with this very bad idea that an ordinary individual couldn’t make a difference in the world. I think that’s just a horrible thing.
John Skoll

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
Arthur Ashe

The day is what you make it! So why not make it a great one?
Steve Schulte

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
Jimmy Johnson

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
Salvador Dali


Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
Truman Capote

What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.
Simon Sinek

You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.
Mahatma Gandhi

First principle: never to let one’s self be beaten down by persons or by events.
Marie Curie

If something is wrong, fix it now. But train yourself not to worry, worry fixes nothing.
Ernest Hemingway

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
Stephen Covey

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
Abraham Lincoln

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
C. S. Lewis

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential…these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.


Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
Ayn Rand

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
Maya Angelou

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

I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.
Benjamin Franklin

Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Albert Einstein

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

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


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

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.
Henry Ford

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

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.
Mahatma Gandhi