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Calling and Career Quotations


Noteworthy Quotes

I’ve used the LinkedIn network for a while (you can see my profile here), and it offers some interesting features. At heart, I am a trawler, always on the lookout for new ideas and thoughts, so when an article that came my way on the LinkedIn network by Micha Kaufman caught my attention, I thought I would share some of the quotations he offers.

In the original there were fifty quotes, and they were focused on reinventing one’s career, but I have whittled them down to twenty-six and added a few headings to break up the text a little. Some are thought provoking; others are humorous; I believe you will enjoy them!

Postscript: There are a few other quotations on my website here.



When You Jump Off a Cliff…

You jump off a cliff and you assemble an airplane on the way down.–Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedIn

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.–Sir Richard Branson, Founder & Chairman of Virgin Group

It’s never too late to be what you might have been.–George Elliot, Author

One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you. –Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO of Amazon

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. –Confucius, Philosopher

Lean and Mean

You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea. –Larry Page, Co-founder & CEO of Google

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work. –Colin Powell, American Statesman, Retired Four-Star General

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. –Michael Jordan, Five-time NBA MVP, Six-time NBA Champion

Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you. –Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.–Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist

Would you do your job and not be paid for it? I would do this job, and take on a second job just to make ends meet if nobody paid me. That’s how you know you are doing the right thing. –Oprah, Media Proprietor, Talk Show Host, Actress

Power of Imagination

I suffer from the delusion that every product of my imagination is not only possible, but always on the cusp of becoming real. –Sean Parker, American Entrepreneur, Co-founder of Napster, First President of Facebook

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. –Aristotle, Philosopher

You can get what you want or you can just get old.–Billy Joel, Singer-Songwriter

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.–Chinese Proverb

I would rather die of passion than of boredom.–Vincent Van Gogh, Painter

Impossible or Inevitable?

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.–Christopher Reeve, Actor, Activist

In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.–Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.–John Wooden, NCAA Basketball Coach

Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.–Thomas Edison, Inventor

The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.–Seth Godin, Entrepreneur, Author, Public Speaker

You Are Right!

Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.–Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company

Everything started as nothing.–Ben Weissenstein, Entrepreneur

Winners never quit and quitters never win.–Vince Lombardi, Super Bowl-Winning Coach

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.–Neil Gaiman, Novelist, Graphic Novelist, Screenwriter

Develop your own compass, and trust it. Take risks, dare to fail, remember the first person through the wall always gets hurt.–Aaron Sorkin, Screenwriter, Playwright

Men, for the sake of getting a living, forget to live.–Margaret Fuller, Women’s Rights Advocate, Journalist



Source of original list of fifty quotations here

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