Get Inspired: 9 Motivational Career Quotes To Empower You In Trying Times

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Jun. 5 2024, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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If you’re experiencing the Sunday scaries on more than just Sunday, you might be in the midst of a career slump. Making time to consider motivational career quotes can help you to put things in perspective. You could have some opportunities right in front of you, or it may be time for you to move on.

Whether you stay in your role or overcome the discomfort to change things up, remember that it’s normal to have ups and downs in your career.

Here are a few motivational career quotes from powerful women to get you over the hump, inspire you to capture the day, and spark a need to perform at your best.

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“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” 

— Alice Walker, Novelist, Short Story Writer, Poet, and Social Activist

“There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

— Amanda Gorman, Poet and Activist

“Before I started, I decided that I’d only pursue this career if my self-worth was dependent on more than celebrity success.”

— Beyoncé, Singer, Songwriter, and Businesswoman

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“People get scared when you try to do something, especially when it looks like you’re succeeding. People do not get scared when you’re failing. It calms them. But when you’re winning, it makes them feel like they’re losing or, worse yet, that maybe they should’ve tried to do something too, but now it’s too late. And since they didn’t, they want to stop you. You can’t let them.”

— Mindy Kaling, Actress, Comedian, Screenwriter, and Producer

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

— Maya Angelou, Memoirist, Poet, and Civil Rights Activist

“Always work hard and have fun in what you do because I think that’s when you’re more successful. You have to choose to do it.”

— Simone Biles, Gymnast and Olympic Medalist

“Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is only part of the first.”

— Anna Quindlen, Author, Journalist, and Opinion Columnist

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“Self-care is really rooted in self-preservation, just like self-love is rooted in honesty. We have to start being more honest with what we need, and what we deserve, and start serving that to ourselves. It can be a spa day! But for a lot of people, it’s more like, I need a mentor. I need someone to talk to. I need to see someone who looks like me that’s successful, that’s doing the things that I want to do, to know that it’s possible.”

— Lizzo, Singer

“A dead-end street is a good place to turn around.”

— Naomi Judd, Singer and Actress

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By: Wanda Duncan

Wanda Duncan is a multipotentialite entrepreneur and travel and wellness writer. She’s slow traveled since 2010 through Europe, Southeast Asia, and parts of Africa and Central America. Find her work in Fodor’s Travel, Her Agenda, The Black Wall Street Times, Love B. Scott, and WeTravel. Wanda is the founder of Black Women Travel and won the Women in Travel Summit 2023 Bessie Awards Social Impact Award and was nominated for the 2021 Trailblazer Award. Connect with Wanda through her website

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