Concentrate on your strengths

Everyone needs inspiration, especially when it comes to work.

Whether you are looking for an entry-level job or hoping to transition to a new executive position, you can always benefit from sound career advice.

Lucky for you there is a treasure trove of resources out there, such as inspirational books, podcasts and internet sites that you can turn to for guidance.

For instance, there are a ton of famous quotes online, such as this poignant one from the late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc.:

“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. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking…” 

You can also find advice closer to home, such as from a mentor, a former boss or from someone who has been in your shoes but has more experience under his/her belt.

Not all advice will resonate with you, so it’s important to take it all in and evaluate what will serve you best. Listen to your gut most of all.

Here is a collection of some of the best career advice we came across. Some of the quotes you may have heard before, while others may be new to you. We here at The Lee Group hope you can find some inspiration in the list below.

And, as Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde said: “The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.”

“People don’t get fired; they fire themselves.”

“If you bring a complaint to your boss, also bring a solution.”

“Never eat lunch alone.” ­­– Salli Setta, Red Lobster president

“Always be willing to do more and never say, ‘That’s not my job.’”

“Never be irreplaceable; if you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.”

“Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.”  – Robert Schuller, author and televangelist

“Find someone who does what you want to be doing and ask them how they did it.”

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” — Woody Allen, director

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” ­­– Milton Berle, comedian

“Every job is important. If it’s your job to empty the trash and sweep the floor, then be the best trash emptier they ever had.”

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t understand something, it’s better to ask then to do something incorrectly.”

“Find your passion, do what you love and don’t worry about the money, it will follow.”

“A setback is never a bad experience, just a learning curve.” – Richard Branson, founder Virgin Group

“Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. ‘Yes’ is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids.” Eric Schmidt – Google executive chairman

“Continuous learning leads to continuous improvement. Commit yourself to advancing your knowledge, skills, and expertise.” – Pam Alabaster, L’Oreal VP of corporate communications

“Listen first, talk second.”

Navigating your career can be overwhelming, especially if you are in the early stages. The Lee Group is here to help and is happy to provide you with career advice.

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