The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does.
— James Michener
Once a year ask the boss, “What do I or my people do that helps you to do your job?” and “What do I or my people do that hampers you?”
— Peter Drucker
The squeaky wheel doesn’t always get greased; it often gets replaced.
— John Peers
If there’s any single mistake that people make about holding on to their jobs, it’s failure to communicate with the boss. I know the term “communication” is sometimes awkward, but I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to let your boss know what you’re doing.
— S. Eric Wachtel
If you want to move up in business, the first rule is not to be invisible. To be noticed by bosses, ask questions and offer constructive advice. Don’t substitute talk for action. Don’t be afraid to present your best abilities when the opportunity arrives. Don’t be shy.
— George Mazzei
There’s no such thing as a dead-end job. No matter what sort of work you do, your effort will make that job worthwhile.
— Russell Simmons
The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves.
— Logan Smith
At the point in life where your talent meets the needs of the world, that is where God wants you to be.
— Albert Schweitzer
Every job has drudgery, whether it is in the home, in the professional school or in the office. The first secret of happiness is the recognition of this fundamental fact.
— Millicent McIntosh
Don’t assume you can’t be happy unless you’re doing what you love most for a living. If that were true, only a tiny portion of the world’s population would be eligible for joy. The truth is that deep, abiding joy is available to anyone who learns the secret of pursuing every task with energy and dedication, as though it were a calling.
— Thomas Kinkade
People who enjoy what they are doing invariably do it well.
— Joe Gibbs
It is harder to fail at something you love than it is to succeed at something you dislike.
— Todd Duncan
My dad always had a deep sense of responsibility to his work, to volunteering and to his family. He was always willing to talk with us about what he was doing – even complex legal cases – and we could tell he really enjoyed what he did.
— Bill Gates
First find something you like to do so much you’d gladly do it for nothing; then learn to do it so well people are happy to pay you for it.
— Walt Disney
When you do what you love, you will do it better, with a greater sense of commitment, more attention to focus, and with a stronger feeling of purpose and alignment.
— Todd Duncan
If you’re not learning while you’re earning, you’re cheating yourself out of the better portion of your compensation.
— Napoleon Hill
Always try to work for the smartest, brightest, most competent person you can find. If you look at biographies of successful people, it’s amazing to find how many crawled up the ladder of success right behind someone else.
— Al Ries and Jack Trout
Folks who never do any more than they get paid for, never get paid for any more than they do.
— Elbert Hubbard
Men who do things without being told draw the most wages.
— Edwin Stuart
How you relate to people in the workplace – both those above you and those below you – is vital, because you never know who might one day be your boss.
— Rick Pitino
If nothing else about your job sparks some enthusiasm in you, you can do your work well because it’s your job. Your performance in it makes a statement about you. You must take pride in that statement.
— Dr. Bob Rotella
If not a sparrow falls upon the ground without your Father; you have reason to see that the smallest events of your career are arranged by Him.
— Charles Haddon Spurgeon
All members of the I-work-hard-but-because-I’m-not-up-front-I-never-get-the-credit club, take heart. Our God who rewards in secret will never overlook your commitment.
— Charles Swindoll
Don’t let your paycheck determine how you approach your work – or how you feel about yourself.
— Joe Torre
When looking for a job, tell the man what you can do for him, not how good you are.
— Martin Vanbee
Stop focusing on everything that’s wrong with your boss. Decide that you can handle his demands, or his distance, or his anger. Don’t allow your boss’s negative side to bring out your negative side.
— Joe Torre
Regardless of whether you like or dislike your boss, you have to respect him and you have to respect his opinion. If you don’t, you might be in the wrong job.
— Derek Jeter
Would you like to work for an incredible boss? Then start by treating your boss like an incredible person. Do extraordinary things for him or her, and over time I bet you’ll notice a difference in your relationship.
— Mark Sanborn
Showing deference to your boss means that you’re loyal and respectful. You’d be amazed how much you can accomplish with a tough boss when you grant him that basic regard.
— Joe Torre
To succeed, you must feel passionate about the work you have chosen. Lukewarm enthusiasm will not sustain you through the challenges you will face in a start-up business.
— Lillian Vernon
Make sure the career you choose is one you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy what you are doing, it will be difficult to give the extra time, effort and devotion it takes to be a success.
— Kathy Whitworth
One of the things I learned from my father was that he loved what he was doing. And he taught me early on that if you don’t love what you’re doing, you can’t be successful at it. You can never be successful at something you don’t love.
— Donald Trump
If you love your work, you’ll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can, and pretty soon everybody around will catch the passion from you – like a fever.
— Sam Walton
One of play’s products is fun – one of the most powerful motivators around. I’ve noticed that a fun working environment is significantly more productive than a routine environment.
— Roger von Oech