48 new job quotes that can inspire and motivate you

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published 25 May 2022

Starting a new job is a milestone in your professional life and can help you move up the ranks in your career. That initial phase of going into the unknown is often equally exciting and daunting, regardless of the point of your career you're at. If you're nervous about starting a new job, reading inspirational quotes from those in the same position can help you feel motivated and more confident in your abilities. In this article, we share quotes to inspire and motivate you in your new role.

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Motivational new job quotes to remember

If you're starting a new job soon, new job quotes from those who have been in your position can help you feel more prepared for your first day. Whether you're searching for a new job or have already accepted an offer, words of encouragement keep your mood high and help you feel ready to give your new or prospective employer the best first impression.

Try writing down your favourite quotes somewhere you can see when you wake up. This can set a positive tone for the day ahead and ease any nerves you may have about the new job. You can also read them before your first day to motivate and remind yourself why you have chosen to take the new role.

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New job quotes

Here are 26 new job quotes to inspire you in your new role:

  1. 'Feeling confident – or pretending that you feel confident – is necessary to reach for opportunities. It's a cliche, but opportunities are rarely offered; they're seized.' — Sheryl Sandberg

  2. 'The truth is that 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

  3. 'The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but building the new.' — Socrates

  4. 'To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.' — Pearl S. Buck

  5. 'By doing, you become employable. It doesn't matter what the job is; by working, you learn new things, meet new people and are exposed to new ideas.' — Kate Reardon

  6. 'Starting a new job can be nerve-racking, but it's also exciting. You're embarking on a new future, positioning yourself to write a fresh story on a clean slate.' — Adena Friedman

  7. 'On every job you do, you've got to raise your game. My ambition is to just get better and better every job you do - you should never stop trying to get better. You have to teach yourself new things - I don't think you necessarily learn them from other people because you have your own style of doing things, but hopefully you get better.' — Ray Winstone

  8. 'Every single job is a challenge. You are walking into a new set, a new character, creating a world and trying to get comfortable to do your best work.' — Felicia Day

  9. 'The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.' — Amelia Earhart

  10. 'The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.' — Alice Walker

  11. 'Desire. That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire.' — Bobby Unser

  12. 'Find a job you like and you add five days to every week.' — H. Jackson Brown

  13. 'Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.' — Carl Bard

  14. 'Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.' — Gloria Steinem

  15. 'The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.' — Steve Jobs

  16. 'The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.' ― Jimmy Johnson

  17. 'At any moment you have the power to say this is not how the story is going to end.' — Unknown

  18. 'The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.' — Josiyah Martin

  19. 'Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.' — Warren Bennis

  20. 'A new job is an amazing chance to show the world what you are capable of. You have everything to be great. Just use it and never give up on your dreams.' — Unknown

  21. 'Every beginner possesses a great potential to be an expert in his or her chosen field.' ― Lailah Gifty Akita

  22. 'Happiness does not come from a job. It comes from knowing what you truly value, and behaving in a way that's consistent with those beliefs.' ― Mike Rowe

  23. 'Your job is not just to do what your parents say, what your teachers say, what society says, but to figure out what your heart is calling, and be led by that.' — Oprah Winfrey

  24. 'I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.' — Stephen Covey

  25. 'Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.' — Margaret Cousins

  26. 'In ordinary life, we hardly realise that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.' — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Quotes about seizing a new opportunity

Here are 12 quotes about moving on and accepting new challenges:

  1. 'The best is yet to come.' — Frank Sinatra

  2. 'Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.' — Robin Sharma

  3. 'A year from now you may wish you had started today.' — Karen Lamb

  4. 'The best way to predict the future is to create it.' — Abraham Lincoln

  5. 'If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.' — Milton Berle

  6. 'Making a big life change is pretty scary. But you know what's even scarier? Regret.' — ZigZiglar

  7. 'There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these.' — Michael Nolan

  8. 'Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.' — Sam Levenson

  9. 'When you feel that you have reached the end and that you cannot go one step further, when life seems to be drained of all purpose: What a wonderful opportunity to start all over again, to turn over a new page.' — Eileen Caddy

  10. 'Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.' — Alan Cohen

  11. 'If you're brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.' — Paul Coelho

  12. 'And suddenly you just know it's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.' — Unknown

Quotes about success in a new job

Below are some quotes about succeeding in your professional life:

  1. 'Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but they don't quit.' — Conrad Hilton

  2. 'Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.' — Robert Collier

  3. 'In every success story you will find someone who has made a courageous decision.' — Peter F. Drucker

  4. 'Honour your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart and success will come to you.' — Oprah Winfrey

  5. 'Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.' — Ella Fitzgerald

  6. 'When you are asked if you can do a job, tell them, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.' — Theodore Roosevelt

  7. 'Even though your time on the job is temporary, if you do a good enough job, your work there will last forever.' ― IdowuKoyenikan

  8. 'It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career.' — Carlton Fisk

  9. 'Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.' — William Patten

  10. 'Every job will demand some sacrifice. The key is to avoid unnecessary sacrifice.' ― Sheryl Sandberg

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