Motivational quotes for your first day at work

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Motivational quotes for your first day at work

New job, no problem.

You survived the job search—hooray! Now you’re facing the first day of work, and your stomach is doing jumping jacks. The good news is, you’re not the only one who’s ever felt like a wreck on day one. Want some quick assurances before you start your new job? Quotes from people who have enjoyed success can often give you the shot in the arm you need.

Monster scoured the internet looking for some motivational quotes that can help you kick-start your first day—and every single day thereafter. 

"The secret of success in every field is redefining what success means to you. It can’t be your parents’ definition, the media’s definition, or your neighbor’s definition. Otherwise success will never satisfy you." —RuPaul

Learn how to find fulfillment in your job.

"I always say follow your passion, no matter what, because even it’s not the same financial success, it’ll lead you to the money that’ll make you the happiest." —Ellen DeGeneres

Learn how passion can help with a job search.

"Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better." —Martin Luther King Jr.

Learn how to be a better leader.

"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work." —Stephen King

Learn how to use motivation to get ahead.

"Sometimes it gets boring. No Justice is supposed to say that. But, you know, there’s drudgery in every job you’re going to do." —Sonia Sotomayor

Learn how to deal with boredom on the job.

"I never thought about success. I always thought about doing the job at hand. My goal was getting through the show that night." —Steve Martin

Learn how to set smart goals for yourself.

"As your career grows, the list of things that makes you happy should not become smaller, it should become bigger." —Taylor Swift

Learn simple ways to be happy at work.

"Throughout my career, I have been talked out of things I wanted to do, and when I look back, I think I should have followed my instincts." —Halle Berry

Learn how to better use your intuition.

"I wasn’t academically successful, and maybe I spent a lot of my career trying to make up for that." —Anna Wintour

Learn how to overcome bad grades to get a good job.

"I just really love doing what I do. I know every career is fleeting and there will be time periods when I don’t get the opportunities that I’m getting right now, so I am taking advantage of them." —Leonardo DiCaprio

Learn how to always be ready for job opportunities.

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Good luck starting your new job! Quotes from successful people are great and all, but it’s worth it to commit to your professional development on a bigger-than-bite-size scale. Could you use some help staying ahead of the career curve? Join Monster for free today. As a member, you’ll get career advice, job search tips, and industry insights sent straight to your inbox. You can quote us on that.