True leaders, motivators and people who inspire show not only their strengths but their weaknesses.
Their words remind us and our teams that challenges exist for everyone and can be overcome.
Whether you’re in need of some general Monday motivation, a bolt of inspiration to encourage you to take a professional risk or are seeking encouragement to face a tough day, these brilliant motivational quotes for work will drive you on.
Remember, even those in their dream job sometimes feel overwhelmed. Those on the path to great success experience doubt. Many, many people are battling imposter syndrome and a constant fear of being exposed as not quite good enough. Everyone makes mistakes, gets it wrong sometimes, suffers setbacks or has moments of feeling stuck during their career. Even our heroes are human too.
Motivational quotes for work
“The scale of your goals is not what matters…starting to achieve them is what matters. Start small, but whatever you do…start!” – Richard Reed, co-founder of Innocent drinks.
"Grow thick skin; as long as you're a good person and you do good things, then you shouldn't care about everyone else's opinion of you," – Michelle Mone, founder of Ultimo.
“Success in life is not by luck, it is a matter of design. It’s not found in the way you work but in the way you think. It’s the confidence to put belief before behaviour.” -– Robin Sieger, international business speaker.
“The hallmark of a great business and teams is curiosity…the curiosity to understand and keep asking questions. I’ve worked with so many talented people and the number one factor they all have is they are curious.” – Mike Forde, Chelsea FC’s former director of football operations.
“I know how hard it was to start my own business, but I don’t think I had any particular special skills. If I can do it, anyone can,” – Annabel Karmel, baby and toddler nutrition expert and best selling author.
“The best way to learn anything is by doing it.” – Sir Richard Branson, Virgin.
“Setbacks are always a hard thing. It’s realising that they do happen and knowing you’ve still got the same dream, the same goal. Ultimately you know why you’re doing it and it’s to go and get that dream,” – Amy Williams, Winter Olympic gold medalist.
“In a complicated world, there is no more powerful force than simplicity.” – Ken Segall, former creative director for Apple.
“If you want a breakthrough…look outside your current environment.” – Hamish Taylor, former chief executive of Sainsbury’s Bank and Eurostar Group.
“Leaders look at what is and at what could be and then they disrupt the status quo to bring about change...You need to be straightforward and honest. You need to know what you stand for and then stand for it,” – Blaire Palmer, leadership expert.
“If you can conquer one peak, what is stopping you from conquering a second? …
Because if not you...who else?” – Garry Kasparov, former World Chess Champion.
“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is often just that little word ‘extra'…give a little bit extra each time and that’s going to make your work extraordinary.” – Bear Grylls, adventurer.
“All pressure is self-inflicted. It’s what you make of it that counts.” – Lord Sebastian Coe, Olympic gold medalist.
“You’re constantly learning - learning about yourself, about managing people, about looking after your team and also about how to manage adversity and problems,” – Alan Chambers, North Pole polar explorer.
“Change is good for us. Change is the salt in the soup of life. Rocking the boat is good for you. Change is good and change is also inevitable. If you resist change you will be unhappy.” – Gyles Brandreth, author and broadcaster.
“It’s not about what happens in your life, it’s what you’re prepared to do about it. Life is about fate and destiny. Fate is what happens, destiny is in your own hands.” – Simon Weston, soldier, survivor and inspiration.
“I’ve followed my passion and interests and enjoyed a career from it. I always followed my gut,” – Amanda Hamilton, celebrity nutritionist.
“I decided to let my experience say it all. I never wanted to stand out as a woman but instead, I let my commentating speak for itself. I was determined to prove myself by what I said and what I wrote," – Alison Mitchell, BBC test match cricket commentator.
“You don’t really do much in life unless you take risks, push yourself and find your passion...Nothing really compensates for the hours you put in when running a business,” – Karren Brady, business leader and chief executive of West Ham FC.
“We’re all writing the story of our lives. We hold the pen. We write the story. Every moment of every day – Decision. Action. Result.” – Jim Lawless, expert on business change.