The most common way people give up
their power is by thinking they don’t have
The most common way people give up
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.
Go where you are celebrated—not
tolerated. If they can't see the real value of
you, it's time for a new start.
The future belongs to those who believe in
the beauty of their dreams.
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.
I was always looking outside myself for
strength and confidence, but it comes from
within. It is there all the time.
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.
This is what I tell young women who ask me for career
advice. People are going to try to trick you. To make you feel
that you are in competition with one another. You’re up for a
promotion. If they go for a woman, it’ll be between you and
Barbara. Don’t be fooled. You’re not in competition with
other women. You’re in competition with everyone.
—Tina Fey, Bossypants
Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to
turn out. You don’t have a career. You have a life. Do the
work. Keep the faith. Be true blue. You are a writer because
you write. Keep writing and quit your bitching. Your book
has a birthday. You don’t know what it is yet.
— Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love
and Life from Dear Sugar
Feeling confident – or pretending that you feel confident
– is necessary to reach for opportunities. It’s a cliché, but
opportunities are rarely offered; they’re seized.
— Sheryl Sandberg
Your career is like a garden. It can hold an assortment of
life’s energy that yields a bounty for you. You do not need to
grow just one thing in your garden. You do not need to do
just one thing in your career.
— Jennifer Ritchie Payette
The worst days of those who enjoy what they do, are
better than the best days of those who don’t.
—E. James Rohn
I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost
almost 300 games. 26 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.
In fact, there is perhaps only one human being in a
thousand who is passionately interested in his job for the
job’s sake. The difference is that if that one person in a
thousand is a man, we say, simply, that he is passionately
keen on his job; if she is a woman, we say she is a freak.
—Dorothy L. Sayers, Are Women Human? Penetrating,
Sensible, and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards, they
try to have more things or more money in order to do more of
what they want so that they will be happier. The way it
actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you
really are then do what you need to do in order to have what
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
—Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman In The World
Every time you worry that you could get trapped in some
kind of work you don’t care about, you’re dealing with the
problem of meaningfulness. I guarantee that in the back of
your mind is the thought that somehow you have to make a
contribution to something, be acknowledged, do something
that matters–or you’re just fooling around.
—Barbara Sher, I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It
Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get
I was very lucky to be offered a lovely piece of property
to build a career on. I started building a house on it, but it
wasn’t necessarily a house I would want to live in. So I ripped
down that house, and I worked with these great lumberjacks
to build a really cool cabin—a place I want to drink whiskey
in and hang out until the sun rises.