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21 Motivational Quotes For Your Job Search Or Career Change

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Feeling depressed, defeated and down about your job search or career change is not uncommon. We’ve all likely experienced some form of unhappiness at work. Shawn Anchor delivers one of the most popular TED talks on the subject of happiness. As a positive psychology expert, he’s found that success at work is partly due to a positive mindset. According to Shawn’s research, 90% of our long-term happiness depends on how our brain processes events. Yet much of the time, we focus on what’s actually going on at work or in our careers.

Individuals in my coaching programs are often motivated and experience a change in mindset by things like words of affirmation. According to the book, The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, if you value words of affirmation, you tend to express and like to receive affection through spoken affection, praise or appreciation. Tia Walker, in the book The Inspired Caregiver, says, “Affirmations are our mental vitamins, providing the supplementary positive thoughts we need to balance the barrage of negative events and thoughts we experience daily.”

Stress can be a result of negative events or thoughts, and there’s no denying that the workplace is a leading cause of stress. The quotes below are categorized into things I often find myself talking about when discussing career changes and strategizing one’s job search.

 

Getting out of your comfort zone

“Risk something or forever sit with your dreams.” — Herb Brooks

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” — Milton Berle

“Begin somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.”—Liz Smith

“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” — Chris Grosser

“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” – Seth Godin

 

Building a positive mindset

 “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.” – Mary Kay Ash

“Getting fired is nature’s way of telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place.” – Hal Lancaster

 “Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your two ears.” – Laird Hamilton

 

Overcoming fear

 “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” — George Addair

“The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.” – Debbi Fields

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

“Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again.” – Henry Ford

Building resilience

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

“To succeed… You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” – Tony Dorsett

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

 

Finding a career that fits with your capabilities, skills, lifestyle and values

“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.” — Steve Jobs

 “Your career is like a garden. It can hold an assortment of life’s energy that yields a bounty for you. You do not need to grow just one thing in your garden. You do not need to do just one thing in your career.”—Jennifer Ritchie Payette

 “No one can discover you until you do. Exploit your talents, skills and strengths and make the world sit up and take notice.”—Rob Liano

“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” – Andrew Carnegie

“There is no passion for being found in playing small — in settling for a life that is less than you are capable of living.” — Nelson Mandela

Whenever you feel down, take comfort in the fact that your situation is only temporary. Be intentional about your career growth and come up with a plan.

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