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Top 40 Employee Motivational Quotes To Inspire Your Workforce

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Employee motivational quotes are an absolute necessity for maintaining a sense of wonder, pride, and zeal in their work.

For a leader, motivation must remain a permanent concern and he must continually work to motivate his teams.

Here’s a shocking statistic for you:

52% of employees perform without enthusiasm or care for their work.

Sometimes, we need to understand the concept that motivation is a continuous process. An employee feeling motivated today might not mean that he will feel the same tomorrow.

Thus, building a workplace environment which constantly motivates and encourages employees to do better. We have curated a list of 40 employee motivational quotes for every employee to set the tone for the new year.

Employee Motivational Quotes To Inspire Your Team

Here are 40 employee motivational quotes to instill confidence in your team.

1.Steve Jobs

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. Don’t settle.
Steve Jobs

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2. Lao Tzu

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Lao Tzu

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3.Elon Musk

It is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.
Elon Musk

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4. Sheryl Sandberg

Let me fall if I must fall. The one I become will catch me.
Sheryl Sandberg

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5.Simon Sinek

What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.
Simon Sinek

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6.Mark Twain

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.
Mark Twain

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7.Benjamin Franklin

By failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.
Benjamin Franklin

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8.Alan Turing

Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.
Alan Turing

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9.Mark Zuckerberg

Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it.
Mark Zuckerberg

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10.Michael Jordan

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
Michael Jordan

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11.Walt Disney

The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting.
Walt Disney

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12.Tim Cook

History rarely yields to one person, but think and never forget what happens when it does. That can be you. That should be you. That must be you.
Tim Cook

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13.Abraham Lincoln

I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
Abraham Lincoln

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14.Albert Einstein

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.
Albert Einstein

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15.Theodore Roosevelt

When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.
Theodore Roosevelt

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16.Jack Dorsey

You can worry about the competition…or you can focus on what’s ahead of you and drive fast.
Jack Dorsey

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17.Winston Churchill

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
Winston Churchill

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18.Lou Holtz

You were not born a winner and you were not born a loser. You are what you make yourself be.
Lou Holtz

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19.Henry Ford

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re probably right.
Henry Ford

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20.Seth Godin

Don’t try to be the ‘next’. Instead, try to be the other, the changer, the new.
Seth Godin

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21.Thomas Edison

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.
Thomas Edison

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22.Indra Nooyi

The world is full of ideas today. If we don’t do it somebody else is going to do it.
Indra Nooyi

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23.José Mourinho

You win by effort, by commitment, by ambition, by quality, by expressing yourself individually but in the team context.
José Mourinho

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24.Marie Curie

First principle: never to let one’s self be beaten down by persons or by events.
Marie Curie

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25.Warren Buffet

Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.
Warren Buffet

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26.Barack Obama

The cynics may be the loudest voices but I promise you, they will accomplish the least.
Barack Obama

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27.Babe Ruth

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.
Babe Ruth

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28.Satya Nadella

Always keep learning. You stop doing useful things if you don’t learn. So the last part to me is the key, especially if you have had some initial success. It becomes even more critical that you have the learning ‘bit’ always switched on.
Satya Nadella

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29.Sergio Marchionne

We all tend to filter the world around us through what we know. So try and go beyond what you already know, fill your mind with the new, nourish it with different interests, open it to the extraordinary. Life is too short to let the world we experience be restricted by our own limited vision.
Sergio Marchionne

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If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.

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31.Mary Barra

Whatever you decide to do, do it with passion and all of the energy that you have.
Mary Barra

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32.Llyod Blankfein

Life is unpredictable. Don’t close your minds to possibilities.
Lloyd Blankfein

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33.Michael Bierut

The more things you’re interested in, the better your work will be.
Michael Bierut

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34.Donald Knuth

Always remember, however, that there’s usually a simpler and better way to do something than the first way that pops into your head.
Donald Knuth

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35.David Ogilvy

Encourage innovation. Change is our lifeblood, stagnation our death knell.
David Ogilvy

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36.Michael Phelps

With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination.
Michael Phelps

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37.Robert De Niro

Time goes on. So whatever you’re going to do, do it. Do it now. Don’t wait.
Robert De Niro

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38.Oprah Winfrey

Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.
Oprah Winfrey

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It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.

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40.Zig Ziglar

Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission.
Zig Ziglar

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This article is written by Barasha Medhi is a content marketer at Vantage Circle.She is always on the lookout for interesting tidbits about the current HR and employee engagement space. For any related queries, contact

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