No matter what stage you are in your career, chances are that you need a little bit of advice and motivation to move forward – to go for the job you actually want, to ask for a promotion or to just get through a tough day.
We’ve compiled 7 inspirational quotes from very successful people that will help you take the next step in your career.
1. Sir Richard Branson – Never Look Back in Regret
“My mother always taught me never to look back in regret but to move on to the next thing. The amount of time people waste dwelling on failures rather than putting that energy into another project, always amazes me. I have fun running all the Virgin businesses — so a setback is never a bad experience, just a learning curve.”
Many of us are guilty of dwelling on failures. The healthiest way to approach a failure is to see what you can learn from it and move forward.
2. Steve Jobs – Don’t Settle
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
Over 27 million people have watched Steve Job’s 2005 Stanford Commencement Address. Your work is going to fill 80,000 hours of your life and this quote reminds us that we shouldn’t settle for something that isn’t right for us.
3. Gordon Ramsay – Put your head down and work hard
“Put your head down and work hard. Never wait for things to happen, make them happen for yourself through hard graft and not giving up.”
Gordon Ramsay wasn’t always the world-renowned chef and TV star that he is today. He had a tough childhood – his father was an alcoholic and in his autobiography, he describes his childhood as being marked with abuse and neglect. But through hard work, he overcame those challenges to become the man he is today.
4. Warren Buffett – In order to succeed, you have to follow your passion
“Follow your passion. I always tell college students to take the job that you would take if you were independently wealthy. You’re going to do well at it.”
While it is easy for one of the richest people in the world to tell you to take a job that you would take if you were already rich, he has a point. If you really want to excel and become a top-performer, you are going to have to have a deep interest in what you do.
5. Tony Robbins – Your past does not equal your future
“Your past does not equal your future.”
J.K. Rowling was a single mother on welfare when she wrote her first novel, Harrison Ford was a Carpenter until his 30’s and Harland Sanders was 65 when he started KFC. This quote reminds us that no matter where we are in life, we can always start anew.
6. Mark Twain – Don’t listen to people who belittle your ambitions
“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.”
The people that you surround yourself will affect the trajectory of your life. If you surround yourself with negative people who always belittle your ambitions, you are unlikely to achieve much. But if you surround yourself with positive, ambitious people, you are much more likely to achieve what you truly consider to be success.
7. Denzel Washington – Take Risks
“Nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. You take risks. Fail forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success”
True success won’t be achieved without risks. When we are children, we constantly experiment and take risks. But as we get older, the fear of failure prevents us from taking these risks. And this fear stops us from progressing and achieving what we should.