Forget Your Morning Coffee? Here Are 11 Quotes from GOATS to Put Some Pep in Your Step



Need Some Inspiration for Your Workday? These 11 Quotes from Some of The Greatest of All Time Will Get You Moving in The Right Direction!

Sometimes you just need a little extra push for your workday, right? It's okay, it happens to us all. Especially if you miss your morning coffee! Or if you are working from home or traveling, there might not be someone in the cubicle next to you or nearby that you know to help get your day moving in a positive direction. 

Don't worry! We've got your back. 

Quotes from some of the greatest minds from the past and our most recent history can mean the difference between feeling like you can take on the day, and wanting to crawl back under the covers. 

So bookmark this post (yes people still do that because it is super convenient and a time-saver), share it on social, send it to a friend, and use these 11 quotes when you need to kick-start your workday. 

You've Got This! These 11 Quotes from The Best in History Will Get You Going in a Positive Direction

  1. “Well done is better than well said.” - Because he was the only person to sign all four key documents that established the United States of America (the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the Treaty of Alliance with France in 1778, the Treaty of Paris which established peace with Great Britain in 1783 and finally the U.S. Constitution in 1787) Benjamin Franklin's face is on the front of $100 bills. He was also an inventor, scientist, writer, printer, publisher, and political philosopher. Today he gets your workday moving with a little reminder that actions speak louder than words. More on that later...
  2. “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, or Waldo as he was known to friends, was a lecturer, poet, essayist, abolitionist, as well as the leader of the transcendental movement. He left the world with a trail of beautiful words and inspiration with his famous essay, “Self-Reliance,” in which he asks us to examine our relationship with Nature and God and to trust our own judgment above all others. Here, Waldo's quote inspires us to take charge because we are the author of our life. 
  3. “Others can stop you temporarily, you are the only one who can do it permanently.” – Thomas Edison was a shrewd businessman and inventor credited with inventing the light bulb. If you are feeling like you are not moving forward in your career or business because of COVID, the economy or other forces are stopping you, this strong motivational quote will help you realize that you can never be stopped unless you give in and give up. 
  4. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” – Mark Twain, considered the "greatest humorist the United States has produced" is best known for his 1876 novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and his 1885 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This quote reminds us to find inspiration in experiencing the world around us. You don't always have to go far to discover your dreams. Don't ever stop looking for the end of the rainbow. 
  5. "If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint”, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." – Vincent Van Gogh experienced a lot of turmoil in his personal life and after his death, he emerged as one of the greatest figures in Western art. No matter what he heard in his mind, he was able to push his own negativity away to create some of the most important works of art in history. This quote reminds you to push those bad thoughts away, believe in yourself, and take action to get to the work at hand. 
  6. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” - Winning 29 titles and formerly holding the number one spot in the world of tennis, Billie Jean King knows a thing or two about success. Don't ever give up. Keep yourself in the game until you get it right. You've got this! 
  7. "There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction." – John F. Kennedy is the much beloved and honored 35th President of the United States. Nicknamed Jack, he was the youngest person to hold the office of the presidency by election. He left us with tons of great quotes to inspire. This quote sheds light on the fact that fear causes inaction and ultimately failure. You will never get anywhere if you don't even have the guts to get out of the gate. 
  8. “Have no fear of perfection; you'll never reach it.” – Marie Curie was a chemist and the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. This inspirational quote is helpful to not only women and young girls alike, but great advice for everyone to keep in mind. Pursuing perfection can immobilize and keep you from reaching your potential. Don't let it. 
  9. "The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves." - Barbara Corcoran is an incredibly successful businesswoman. Many know her from her appearance in all 13 seasons of Shark Tank. Corcoran is obviously one of the best minds in business today. One of the reasons for her success is that she allows herself time to feel down, but then she gets right back up as soon as possible. It's okay to feel like the world is against you once in a while, but that kind of thinking long-term is going to only keep you down. And really nobody cares if you feel like the world is out to get you. It isn't. Opportunity exists everywhere. Take it. 
  10. “I’ve had to learn to fight all my life – got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile, things will work out.” - Often called the greatest female athlete of all time, Serena Williams knows a thing or two about smiling through tough days. From injuries to comebacks, Serena reminds us that life has a way of working out if you smile and let it. 
  11. “We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.” -  Although most people know of her husband, President John Adams, many may not know that Abigail Adams was one of the Founders of the United States of America. And though the terms were not used back then, she was the first, Second Lady, and the second, First Lady. Her quote, just like Ben's above,  reminds us that actions speak louder than words. 

So to Summarize...Smile! 

I find so much inspiration in these 11 quotes from some of the greatest of all time. My favorite has to be from Serena in her reminder to just smile. Amazing what a smile can do to inspire not only yourself but also your team and those around you. 

What quotes are your favorite go-to's for inspiration for your workday? Help inspire others, and share your favorite inspirational quote below in the comments. 

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