40 Clever Inspirational Sayings About Life, Career and Businesses

Everyone needs some inspiration sometimes, especially the type that will always move us and change our thoughts about life. Be it in our career or business, we sometimes suffer from creative blocks due to many tasks that try to subdue us and to a very large extent, we have to get ourselves absorbed by the creative inspirations that come from the outside. Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing way of changing how we view and feel about life. Inspiration waxes and wanes along a person’s life journey, career or business. However, there are many ways to stay inspired through outside sources to keep our engines of motivation and excitement roaring. One of these ways is by reading out and meditating on some inspirational sayings or quotes. Here are forty cleverly selected inspirational sayings about life, career and businesses that will make your day.

Inspirational Sayings About Life, Career and Businesses

Inspirational Sayings About Life

1. “Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.” — Kenneth Branagh

2. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” — Jim Rohn

3. “Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.” —Robert H. Schuller

4. “Today is the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.” — Dale Carnegie

5. “Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away” — Anonymous

6. “Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life — Eleanor Roosevelt

7. “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” — Marcus Aurelius

8. “Your goal in life is to find out the people who need you the most, to find out the business that needs you the most, to find the project and the art that needs you the most. There is something out there just for you.” — Naval Ravikant

9. “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of” —  Benjamin Franklin

10. “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

11. In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”—Abraham Lincoln 

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

13. “Time means a lot to me because you see, I too, am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing and simplifying. If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of” — Bruce Lee

14. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.” — Katherine Whitehorn 

15. Life is from the inside out. When you shift on the inside, life shifts on the outside.”—Kamal Ravikant

 Inspirational Sayings about Career 

16. “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

17. “I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything.” — Jon Stewart

18. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” —Confucius

19. “The worst days of those who enjoy what they do are better than the best days of those who don’t.” —E. James Rohn

20. “Our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” — M. Scott Peck

21.  “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.”—Katherine Whitehorn

22. “I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything.” —Jon Stewart

23.  “Feeling confident—or pretending that you feel confident—is necessary to reach for opportunities. It’s a cliché, but opportunities are rarely offered; they’re seized.” —Sheryl Sandberg

24. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” — Vince Lombardi

25. “Desire! That’s the one secret of every man’s career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire.” — Johnny Carson

26. “Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. You have a life. Do the work. Keep the faith. Be true blue. You are a writer because you write. Keep writing and quit your bitching. Your book has a birthday. You don’t know what it is yet.” —Cheryl Strayed

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

See Also: 100 Inspirational Sayings About Success, Money and Wealth

 Inspirational Sayings about Businesses

28. “You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.” – Steve Case, AOL Co-Founder and CEO

29. “A  brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn your reputation by trying to do hard things well” – Jeff Bezos

30. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into smaller manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”   – Mark Twain

31. “It’s almost always harder to raise capital than you thought it would be, and it always takes longer. So plan for that.”  – Richard Harroch

32. “User experience is everything. It always has been, but it’s undervalued and underinvested in. If you don’t know user-centred design, study it. Hire people who know it. Obsess over it. Live and breathe it. Get your whole company on board.” – Evan Williams, Co-Founder, 

33. “What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.” – Dave Thomas, 

34. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” — Anonymous

35. “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.”
–Mark Zuckerberg

36. “The great personal fortunes in this country weren’t built on a portfolio of fifty companies. They were built by someone who identified one wonderful business.” — The Tao of Warren Buffett

37. “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful — that’s what matters to me.” — Steve Jobs

38. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest Source of Learning” — Bill Gates

39. “Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it” — Oprah Winfrey

40.  “If you don’t sell, it’s not the product that is wrong, it is you” — Estée Lauder

Chika Udeh
Chika holds a B.A in English language/History and has over 5 years experience in content development and journalism. She loves playing with writing, wordsmiths, and storytelling in all its forms, and when she is not writing about famous people and events that matter, she is probably listening or dancing to some cool jams.


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