Think Act Succeed: Motivational Quotes for Your Career Success

We all need a shot in the arm every once in a while.  The other day, I received an email from Yee Shun-Jian of that had his 23 favorite motivational quotes.  I liked them so much, I decided to post them here — something to think about over the weekend.

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Quotes are powerful, but only if you do something with them.  Every one of my motivational quotes comes with the following career advice: THINK, ACT, SUCCEED.  I ask my subscribers two questions…

Think: How does this quote apply to me?

Act: What will I do to put this quote to work to help me create my life and career success?

If you ask and answer these to questions about the following quotes, you will be on the road to the life and career success you want and deserve.

“Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from what you can do” – John Wooden

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore” – Christopher Columbus

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” – Confucius

“A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed” – Henrik Ibsen

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities” – J.K. Rowling

“If you are going through hell, keep going” – Winston Churchill

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present” – B. Olatunji

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that’s all” – Oscar Wilde

“You don’t get to choose how you are going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you are going to live. Now.” – Joan Baez

“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

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world” – Albert Einstein

“If you want to be happy, be” – Leo Tolstoy

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest” – Mark Twain

“We must be the change we want to see” – Gandhi

“The friend in my adversity I shall always treasure most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity” – Ulysses S. Grant

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting” – Elizabeth Bibesco

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of conflict and controversy” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snow flake” – M.B. Ray

“I shall pass through this life but once. Any good therefore that I can do, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it. For I shall never pass this way again” – Etienne de Grellet

“This above all: To your own self, be true” – William Shakespeare

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight; and never stop fighting” – e.e. cummings

“In three words I can sum up what I’ve learned about life: It goes on” – Robert Frost

“Imagine” – John Lennon

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

I added the last quote.  It is my favorite motivational quote.  I am in the arena every day.  I have known my share of struggles and defeats.  Yet, I persist.  How about you?

The career success coach point here is simple common sense.  Motivational quotes can help you create the life and career success you want and deserve – but only if you put them to use.  I suggest you do two things with the quotes in this post.  1) Think.  Ask yourself, “How does this quote apply to me?”  2) Act: Ask yourself, “What will I do to put this quote to work to help me create my life and career success?”  If you ask and answer these questions every time you are inspired by a quote – and if you put the answer to the second question to work in your life you’ll be taking an important step in your career success journey.

That’s my career advice on how to use motivational quotes to help you create the life and career success you want and deserve.  What do you think?  Please take a minute to share your thoughts with us in a comment.  As always, thanks for taking the time to read my daily musings on life and career success.  I value you and I appreciate you.


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  1. Thank you for sharing these positive quotes with us. Yes positive quotes have a great power on our thoughts. They help us to stay positive regardless what our circumstances are. They fuel us with positive energy. They activate the power of our subconscious mind to work better. The benefit of positive quotes is unlimited. When any anyone committee to read them every day or post them in a perfect place to remind him once he sees them, he will attain a great success in life.


  2. Ahlam:
    Thank you for your very motivating comment.
    I appreciate it — and agree with you when you say, “the benefit of positive quotes is unlimited.”
    But you have to think about how any quote applies to you personally and how you will put it into play in your life and career.
    All the best,

  3. Happyness makes us a perfect man in ourself

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