Top 10 Greatest Career Development Quotes

quote-of-week-500Quotes have been a constant inspiration to my life. It’s one of the reasons I started Work Happy Now. At first I was afraid to start a blog. Would anyone even care what I have to say? It turns out that they do. If I never read the #2 quote on this list who knows if this blog would even be alive today.

Quotes help steer my thoughts into a positive direction when I’m letting my arch nemesis dictate my happiness.

I compiled some of my favorite business quotes to help inspire you. There are a lot of entrepreneurs that give up on being happy at work. They think if they just work really hard and ignore everything else, it will be ok. They are missing the point. We are put on this earth to do great things, but we can’t sacrifice our health and happiness in the process.

I don’t care if you work for yourself or for someone else, work dictates a huge portion of our happiness. It’s up to each of us to make our working lives happy so that we can make the biggest impact possible for as long as possible.

Career Development Quotes

10. “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”

Helen Keller

9. “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

– Steve Jobs

8. “Don’t let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn’t go with it.”

– Colin Powell

7. “Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.”

– Tim Berners-Lee

6. “Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.”

– Gary Ryan Blair

5. “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.”

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

4. “Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.”

– Robert H. Schuller

3. “Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.”

– Napoleon Hill

2. “If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.”

– Robert H. Schuller

1. The secret to a happy life is work worth doing.”

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Your Turn

What is your favorite quote of all time?


  1. Personally I like the following two:

    1. Failure – When your best just isn’t good enough.

    2. Don’t confuse effort with results.

    • Karl Staib - The Work Happy Guy says:

      Hi Justin, I really like the last one. I think too often we aren’t proud of our efforts even if we don’t get the results we hoped for. The best way to motivate ourselves is not to just celebrate the results, but also the effort, so even when we fail we stay focused, learn from our mistakes and are excited to improve for the next time.

  2. I have heard this all before from time to time, but really glad to see this all at one place. My personal favorite one in this list is of Steve Jobs and I am also fan of his other quotes.. have been reading your blog for a while now.. so keep posting these kind of awesome posts..

    • Karl Staib - The Work Happy Guy says:

      Hi Preetam, I love that Steve Jobs quote too. What a wonderful mad genius he was.

  3. Ever since I first read this post, the quote “Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet” has been running through my head. It’s so powerful that I think it’s completely reframing my beliefs about winning and losing. Thanks!

    • Karl Staib - The Work Happy Guy says:

      Hi Laura, I know. That quote sticks with me too. If you are passionate about something you can never give up. You just need to find the right way to succeed.

  4. I really like your message, it’s has some similarities to ours about having a positive, happy workplace.


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