job searchWe are a species that loves to communicate and craves interaction – well, most of the time anyway. We like to see, hear, and read things – we like to be entertained and to learn from each other. We look to others for inspiration, in words and deeds. Sometimes it’s as simple as looking for an emotional lift on a bad day, or a boost of confidence before doing something important or hard. Sometimes we are faced with a truly difficult, even devastating situation, and we look to the experience and words of others to lift us out of despair and give us hope.

Working life offers plenty of opportunities to inspire and be inspired. Hopefully it doesn’t include too many devastating situations but we know as well as anyone that work in general, and searching for a new position or opportunity specifically, can be challenging and comes with its fair share of emotional ups and downs. We’ve asked our recruiters to share their favorite quotes – some very specific to work life and others more tangentially related but all thought provoking, if not downright inspiring. Enjoy!

  1. “Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.” Anonymous
  2. “There are no such things as limits to growth because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder.” Ronald Reagan
  3. “Attitude and not the Aptitude decide the Altitude you reach in life.” Zig Ziglar
  4. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches.” Napoleon Hill
  5. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” Colin Powell
  6. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Henry David Thoreau
  7. “Using no way as way, having no limitation as limitation.” Bruce Lee
  8. “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” Buddha
  9. “The ultimate goal should be doing your best and enjoying it.” Peggy Fleming
  10. “Good things happen to those who hustle.” Anais Nin
  11. “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein
  12. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller
  13. “I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.” Ken Venturi
  14. “Nothing great was ever achieved without Enthusiasm!” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  15. “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” Theodore Roosevelt
  16. “With every door that closes a new one opens.” Alexander Graham Bell
  17. “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up!” Jim Valvano, Jimmy V. Foundation Motto
  18. “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford
  19. “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” Bill Cosby
  20. “Find your passion and pursue it with purpose and intent.” Matt Rush
  21. “Life is a ticket to the greatest show on Earth.” Martin Fischer
  22. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan
  23. “Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” Chris Grosser
  24. “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.” Benjamin Franklin Fairless
  25. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky


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