Inspirational Quotes About Starting a New Job

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Job hunting can be tough on your personal esteem. Unless you are very lucky, you will likely be passed over for the first several jobs you apply to, and that kind of rejection is always discouraging - even if you are entirely confident in your own professional abilities. Then, too, the job hunt takes just as much time and energy as working an actual job, except you don’t get paid, can’t take any time off, and since have no idea what your schedule is going to be like, you can’t make any plans.

It's enough to make even the most optimistic person feel a little down, and “down” is not the best way to feel as you head into a job interview.

What you need is an antidote, a way to pick your spirits back up so you can get back to looking for work. Fortunately, all successful people have had rough patches on their way to success, and many have spoken or written eloquently about how to keep going when things seem uncertain. 

Read these quotes from some of the most well-known and successful people out there and remember that this time between jobs is temporary. Soon you’ll have a new job, with new challenges and new learning opportunities to look forward to.

You can do this.

Inspirational Quotes

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

Failure doesn't mean you are a failure - it just means you haven't succeeded yet.


Robert H. Schuller

Be open to the amazing changes which are occurring in the field that interests you.
Leigh Steinberg

Celebrate endings - for they precede new beginnings.
Johnathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

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

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

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

Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for it.
Katherine Whitehorn


Go where you are celebrated—not tolerated. If they can't see the real value of you, it's time for a new start.
Unknown

The future depends on what you do today.
Mahatma Gandhi

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
Mae West

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

Opportunities don't happen, you create them.
Chris Grosser

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.


Eleanor Roosevelt

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

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
George Eliot

A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.
Arthur Golden

There is no passion to be found in playing small—in settling for a life that is less than you are capable of living.
Nelson Mandela

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy
Unknown

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.
Anna Freud

Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
Gloria Steinem

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too can become great.


Mark Twain

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