As we start and look forward to 2021, it is a good time to re-fuel with positive thoughts and motivation to give us a boost of confidence for the new year.
No matter where you are in your career, whether you’re just starting out or on your way to achieving your dreams, a little bit of inspiration can help get you to the next step and make you feel stronger to face new challenges in 2021.
Here are some tips, advice and words of wisdom to start our new year on a positive mindset. We wish you great success and all the best that 2021 can offer!
When you need career advice…
- “The best career or job is the one in which you’re using the skills you enjoy. But, not every job needs to address all of your passions. Use every job as an opportunity to learn something new and keep an open mind; you may find that you really enjoy something you never imagined would appeal to you.” – Miriam Salpeter
- “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy
- “Don’t take yourself (or your career) too seriously. Plenty of brilliant people started out in jobs they hated, or took paths that weren’t right at the beginning of their careers. Professional development is no longer linear, and trust that with hard work and a dedication to figuring out what you want to do with your life, you, too, will be OK!”— Kathryn Minshew
- “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Burke
- “Set goals that excite you and scare you at the same time.” – Anonymous
- “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
- “If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.” – Jane Fonda
- “A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.” – Arthur Golden
- “Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.” – Seth Godin
- “Take criticism or “feedback” for what it is: a gift given to you to make you better at what you do. Don’t concern yourself with the person or the method of delivery. Instead, glean out the teachable nuggets and move on.” – Michelle Bruno
When you need motivation in your job search…
- “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” – Arthur Ashe
- “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison
- “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale
- “No one can discover you until you do. Exploit your talents, skills and strengths and make the world sit up and take notice.” – Rob Liano
- “Tenacity and persistence—nothing beats it. Even if your talent isn’t there yet, you can always develop it to what it will eventually be. But people who are persistent and tenacious and driven and have a really clear, defined goal of what they want, nothing compares to that. Not giving up is really huge.” — Catt Sadler
- “Even if you aren’t feeling totally sure of yourself and your abilities, it’s important you present yourself otherwise. That means shifting your body language to portray confidence. So, while you may be so nervous before your big interview or meeting that you want to curl into a ball, resist the temptation to cower or make yourself smaller, and walk in with your head held high.” – Michele Hoos
- “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth
- “You don’t need a new day to start over, you only need a new mindset.” – Hazel Miro Ozbek
- “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge
- “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.” – Katherine Whitehorn
When you need tips on how to excel at your job…
- “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
- “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
- “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” — Albert Einstein
- “Every person you meet is a potential door to a new opportunity—personally or professionally. Build good bridges even in that just-for-now job, because you never know how they’ll weave into the larger picture of your life.” – Kristina Leonardi
- “I determine to render more and better service, each day, than I am being paid to render. Those that reach the top are the ones who are not content with doing only what is required of them.”—Og Mandino
- “You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.” – Steve Case
- “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” –Mary Kay Ash
- “Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. No one got to where they are today without help along the way. Don’t be afraid to ask, and then remember to return the favor.” – Elliott Bell
- “Having a strong network adds to your value as an employee. In other words, the more people I can reach out to for help, the more valuable I am.” — Hannah Morgan
- “There’s never going to be a precisely right moment to speak, share an idea, or take a chance. Just take the moment—don’t let thoughts like “I don’t feel like I’m ready” get in the way. Look to see if you have the main things or the opportunity will pass you by. Don’t let perfect get in the way of really, really good.” – Kathleen Tierney
When you need advice on starting your own business…
- “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
- “Begin somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.” – Liz Smith
- “Don’t let fear be the reason you don’t launch your new business. When have you ever felt fully ready to do anything this important in your life? All you can do is prepare as much as humanly possible, know that you’ve done all you can for your baby to shine, and send it out into the world.” – Megan Broussar
- “You don’t build a business, you build people, then people build the business.” – Zig Ziglar
- “When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.” – Josh James
- “Find a great mentor, someone who has already been through the many challenges of being an entrepreneur..” – Jodi Levine
- “Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” – Tony Hsieh
- “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
- “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” – Nolan Bushnell
- “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain