Inspirational Career Advice from Successful People

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Dec   2012

Thu

20

Need some uplifting career tips as you embark upon your career search? Don’t just take my advice; read on for some quotes from successful men and women:

“I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. 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. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc.

"Always be nice to people. Don't step on people to get where you want to in this business." – Rachel Zoe, fashion stylist, designer

"Follow your passion. I always tell college students to take the job that you would take if you were independently wealthy. You're going to do well at it." – Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

"Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do." – Oprah, chairwoman and CEO of Harpo Productions

"Don't take a job because your mother wants you to. Don't be a victim. You own your decision." – Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric

“No one of achievement has avoided failure, sometimes catastrophic failures, but they keep at it. They learn from mistakes. They don’t quit.” – President Barack Obama

“Have a dream. Have a passion. Know that there's no such thing as an overnight success. It comes with enormous hard work and commitment and sacrifice. And know that the only way to be good at something is to love what you do and to really put in that leg work. Because in the end, your credibility is built on your experience and on the trust with which others view you.” – Christiane Amanpour, ABC Global Affairs Anchor, CNN Anchor and Chief International Correspondent 

So, what are the key takeaways?

  1. Do what you want to do, no matter what that is and even if it’s not what you are “supposed” to do. If you do this, you will be successful.
  2. Do what you must until you are able to do something you love. You have to work a little to get where you want to go.
  3. Don’t give up, even if you don’t do everything right.
  4. Always be nice and genuine and you will go far.

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About Kristen Fackler

Kristen Fackler

Kristen is a May 2011 graduate of Elon University, with a bachelor of science in English and Spanish. While at Elon, Kristen had the opportunity to complete a lot of writing and editing, two areas she has always been passionate about. At the Writing Center, she worked as a consultant with peers and community members to improve their writing skills. She also worked as an editor of Visions, an environmental magazine published by Elon faculty and students. While in college, Kristen was able to spend a semester in Seville, Spain. During the time she was there, Kristen was able to keep a blog in Spanish. She also was published in más+menos* magazine, a bilingual magazine completed by students and faculty members of CIEE Study Center. Kristen has also written for Examiner and is currently writing for Suite101. She enjoys writing as much as possible.

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