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23 Best Motivational Quotes for Employees

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It is not uncommon for there to be days where work is really hard for your team. It can be difficult as a team leader to find the right words to say, especially when a team member is struggling. I have found myself in situations where I wish I had known what to say that would encourage my employees to keep going.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, try using these motivational quotes for employees from some of the world’s brightest minds. Sometimes, all it takes is us giving our team members a little reminder they’re not alone to boost their confidence and determination.

Keep Going Quotes

Let’s face it, the daily grind is hard and after time team leaders and employees can find themselves lacking the ambition they once had. Use these motivational quotes for employees the next time they need some inspiration to keep going.

Failure is not the opposite of success; it’s part of success - Arianna Huffington

1.“Failure is not the opposite of success; it’s part of success.” - Arianna Huffington

 

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out - R. Collier

2. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” - R. Collier

 

It always seems impossible until it’s done. - Nelson Mandela

3. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” - Nelson Mandela

 

Don’t give up. One day you’ll look back and be glad you didn’t. - Unknown

4. “Don’t give up. One day you’ll look back and be glad you didn’t.” - Unknown

 

You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

5.“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

A little progress each day adds up to big results. - Unknown

6. “A little progress each day adds up to big results.” - Unknown

 

The most effective way to do it is to do it. - Amelia Earhart

7. “The most effective way to do it is to do it.” - Amelia Earhart

 

Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. - Unknown

8. “Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” - Unknown

Confidence Quotes

When taking on a new project, learning new skills, or stepping into a new role, team members can start to doubt their abilities and need some encouragement that builds their confidence. Steal these confidence quotes as they may just be the nudge your employee needs.

 

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. - Theodore Roosevelt

9. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” - Theodore Roosevelt

 

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

10. “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” - Henry Ford

 

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11. “Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.” - Zig Ziglar

 

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Quotes About Change

Change can be hard. We get comfortable in the predictability and stability of how we work and deliver on our responsibilities. When new processes, tools, teams, and structures are introduced it can impact motivation and productivity. Share these quotes about change to shift perspectives.

 

Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start being excited of what could go right. - Tony Robbins

12. “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start being excited of what could go right.” - Tony Robbins

 

Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end - Robin Sharma

13. “Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.” - Robin Sharma

 

Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity, not a threat. - Steve Jobs

14. “Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity, not a threat.” - Steve Jobs

 

Teamwork Quotes

The value of collaboration and teamwork cannot be dismissed. How individuals interact, plan, and work together to achieve a common goal can be the difference between success and failure. If you’re looking to boost team dynamics, productivity, and performance, be sure to mention these quotes at your next team meeting.

 

Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We. - Phil Jackson

15. “Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We.” - Phil Jackson

 

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. - Helen Keller

16. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller

 

Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability. – Patrick Lencioni

17. "Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability." – Patrick Lencioni

 

A goal without a plan is only a dream. - Brian Tracy

18. “A goal without a plan is only a dream.” - Brian Tracy

 

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. – Andrew Carnegie

19. "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." – Andrew Carnegie

 

Quotes on Behavior and Attitude

Team leadership requires delivering constructive feedback in situations where a team member needs to think about and change their behavior or attitude. Sometimes, a quote, like the ones below can be the encouragement they need to make a change.

 

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. - Winston Churchill

20. “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” - Winston Churchill

 

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently. - Warren Buffett

21. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” - Warren Buffett

 

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford

22. “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” - Henry Ford

 

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.  - Dale Carnegie

23. “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” - Dale Carnegie

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