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Popular Career Quotes to Inspire You

Wise people and popular people have given us their words about careers. Here we will take a deeper look at popular career quotes from highly trusted people in their own respective areas. We will also try to see how these quotes can relate to our lives.

Popular career quotes are there to guide us and give us inspiration, especially if the source of the quote is somebody popular who has been tried and tested through time. Many quotes have been laid out to us to let us know that we are not alone in our day to day dilemmas at work. You might say that such quotes are dime a dozen and yet they can give you enough inspiration and motivation to keep on moving on your career. Below are popular quotes that you may find valuable and inspirational.

Overcoming Obstacles

One of the most popular career quotes from Carlton Fisk says that “It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.”

Carlton Fisk is an icon in American baseball. He was nicknamed the Pudge and The Commander. He played for the Boston Red Sox with a total of 24 years in baseball and any baseball fan knows who is. Perhaps you will agree if we say that he is a household name as far as sports are concerned. His quote is a very inspiring anecdote which reminds us that what we achieve in our careers can be meaningless if compared to how we have overcome our obstacles.

Many times, we are so focused on achieving something extraordinary or doing more than what others are doing and because of this, we forget the value of overcoming the day to day problems that we face and solve. These are the things that make us stronger and more fulfilled. Carlton is right that what really defines us as workers are the things that we solve and not the achievement that we make. From a logical standpoint, we will never achieve anything if do not overcome our hindrances.

Failure is the Key to Success

One of the most popular career quotes came from Michael Jordan, who we can say is the god of basketball. He said “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.”

This tells us that before we succeed, there will be a million failures and we should not let them disappoint us. Not every goal can be achieved at the time we expected them. Sometimes, we do our best and yet the results are short of achieving our intent. Many people can also depend on us and yet we make mistakes and fail them. These things should never deter us from moving forward and dreaming bigger until we reach our peak and achieve success.

Get a Life

Marilyn Monroe once said, “A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.”

True enough; a career is going to be boring and frustrating if you do not have a life. It is therefore important that you have other priorities other than your work. To Marilyn’s point, you cannot hug a career at night. This means you should have someone, a partner or a family, that you should be working for. Being happy and successful should be your ultimate goal. It is the ultimate perfect life-work balance that everybody is dreaming of. The lesson is, do not let your career wreak havoc to your personal life.

Keep Moving On

Oprah Winfrey once said, “I'm sick of people sittin' in chairs stating their problems. Then we roll the videotape... then we have our experts on the topic... I'm in the 'What's next?' phase of my career.”

Many of us seem to be stagnant in where we are at. Popular career quotes such as that of Oprah Winfrey remind us that we should never stop asking ourselves the next road for us. This also means that you should never be stuck in your current position and you should hunger for more and the only way you can achieve more is if you are conscientiously doing your job very well. And not only that, you should be achieving more than what is expected of you. That is the only time you can say you are bored and ready for more challenges.

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