20 Motivational Quotes to Inspire You at Work

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Annette Harris
Career Focus
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12 min readOct 21, 2022
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What's one quote that you use to keep you motivated at work and why?

People are inspired and motivated by different things in life. It's often the words we say or the words that are said by others. To help you find inspirational quotes to motivate you at work, I asked working professionals, CEOs, and business leaders this question for their best quotes. From quotes by Steve Johns to others by Rosa Parks to wise sayings by Mahatma Gandhi, several motivational quotes may help keep you motivated to do your best at work.

Here are 20 motivational quotes these leaders use to keep them motivated at work:

A Quote by Steve Johns About Remembering Your Why

“There is no better source of resolution and grit in the face of difficulties than the reminder that what you do is important. That your efforts, your mission, and your work matters. Draw on that resource to keep yourself moving forward and find channels to broadcast and share it with your team, so they know how valuable and appreciated their work is too.” — Steve Johns

Sarah Sebastian, Director of Corporate Communications, OneCause

Genius is 1% Inspiration and 99% Perspiration by Thomas Edison

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” — Thomas Edison

I think this quote is a good reminder that even the most creative and brilliant ideas take a lot of hard work to see them through to completion. It's easy to become discouraged when things don't go as planned, but it's important to stay focused and not give up.

Michaela Ramirez, MD, Medical Doctor, O My Gulay

Treat a Man as He Could Be And He Will Become What He Should Be by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The quote that I keep in mind is not to motivate me to work; it's a quote that helps me, as a business leader, to manage the people I work with.

“Treat a man as he is, and he will…



Annette Harris
Career Focus

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