27 Quotes to Inspire Your Career Change

follow your bliss: quotes about making a career change

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It isn’t easy to change your career. When you’ve spent years working toward one goal, only to get there and realize that it isn’t what you thought it would be, the easiest thing to do is to keep at it and hope it gets better, or to trick yourself into believing that career fulfillment is impractical—maybe even a myth.

Making the choice to seize control over your career path requires a leap of faith. It requires you to say to yourself, I don’t know that this will work, but I do know that what I’m doing now is not working. So, I’m going try.

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite inspirational quotes about career change to help you find the courage to pursue a career you love.27 Inspirational #Quotes About Going After a Job You Love, by @zimmerbugg #careerchange Click To Tweet


1) The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.

—Amelia Earhart


2) We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.

― Sheryl Sandberg


3) In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.

—Warren Buffett


4) 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


5) The future depends on what you do today.

—Mahatma Gandhi


6) I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.

—Stephen Covey


7) Why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world–to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want.

― Ayn Rand


8) 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


9) Fear, uncertainty and discomfort are your compasses toward growth.

—Celestine Chua


10) It is never too late to be what you might have been.

—George Eliot


11) I’ve learned that “making a living” is not the same thing as “making a life”

― Maya Angelou


12) 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


13) Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

—Andre Gide


14) There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

—Aristotle


15) A mind that is stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions.

—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


16) If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.

—Seth Godin


17) When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they take better care of it there.

—Cecil Selig


18) The best way to predict the future is to create it.

—Abraham Lincoln


19) I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything.

—Jon Stewart


20) Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.

—Stephen R. Covey


21) You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.

—Wayne Gretzky


22) The best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.

—Theodore Roosevelt


23) If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?

—Steve Jobs


24) When one door closes another opens but all too often there is a long hallway in between.

―Rick Jarow


25) A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.

—Charles Schwab


26) It is not as much about who you used to be, as it is about who you choose to be.

―Sanhita Baruah


27) Insist on yourself. Never imitate.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Christine spreads the Startup Institute magic as Marketing Manager. The lead editor in charge of The Whiteboard, Christine's main goal is that our media hub be a digital reflection of our remarkable community—celebrating lifelong learners, innovators, and difference-makers. An alumna of the full-time program, Christine transitioned her career into marketing after four years of teaching high school English in the US and in Thailand. She is an avid contemporary and jazz dancer, a lover of cheese, and believes wholeheartedly that a life without risk is a life without gain. She is always cold; if you stop to visit her at her desk, she'll have a blanket with her—guaranteed.


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