100 Motivational First Day at Work Quotes

The first day at a new job or the first day back at work after a long, and much needed, vacation can be both nerve-wracking and exciting.

While you may be excited about the opportunity, the colleagues and coworkers that you will be working with, and the office space itself, you may also feel some nerves.

That is why we have put together a list of the best 100 motivational first day at work quotes.

These quotes will help you to feel motivated, inspired, and feel like you can do anything.

These quotes will also help to shed light on the fact that nearly everyone gets “new job jitters” and that those feelings are completely normal.

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Your first day of work at a new job can be full of nerves and suspense.

Afterall, it is a new environment, with new rules and processes, and new people to meet and get along with.

While you may have felt comfortable, maybe even complacent, at your previous job, you know this move is better for you and your family in the long-term.

As-such, you’ll power through and forge your way to success at your new company.

While our 100 motivational first day at work quotes will help you to feel both inspired and motivated, you should ensure that you have your belonging ready and prepared before the big day.

Ideally, you should have your work clothes ready and prepared the night before, this will help you to avoid running late by not knowing what to wear.

Secondly, and a bit more personally, don’t forget to take care of basic hygiene.

This includes shaving, trimming, or shaping-up of the beard and any facial hair.

As you will be meeting a ton of new people throughout the day, you should put on copious amounts of deodorant and be a little liberal with your perfume or cologne.

Besides clothing and hygiene, you should bring with you a professional notebook, professional pens, and a professional looking backpack.

These items will help you to set a precedent for how you want to look and be treated at your new place of employment.

1-10 Motivational First Day at Work Quotes

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand.

The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.“

Alexander Graham Bell

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

Thomas Jefferson

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

Paulo Coelho

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Thomas Edison

“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”

George Lorimer

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”

Dalai Lama

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”

Henry Ford

“Do the hard jobs first.

The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”

Dale Carnegie

“Developing a good work ethic is key.

Apply yourself at whatever you do, whether you’re a janitor or taking your first summer job because that work ethic will be reflected in everything you do in life.”

Tyler Perry

11-20 Motivational First Day at Work Quotes

“The future depends on what you do today.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”


“Do more than is required.

What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following?

The extra mile.”

Gary Ryan Blair

“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

Saint Francis

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs.

Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger.

If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.”

William Patten

“Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”

Patrick Suskind

“You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind.”

Irish Proverb

“Success seems to be connected with action.

Successful people keep moving.

They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”

Conrad Hilton

“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now.

And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”

Alan Wilson Watts

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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21-30 Motivational First Day at Work Quotes

“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary.

Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Calvin Coolidge

“Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.”

Joseph Barbara

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”

Abraham Lincoln

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease.

Hack away at the inessentials.”

Bruce Lee

“It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.”


“Attitude is a choice.

Happiness is a choice.

Optimism is a choice.

Kindness is a choice.

Giving is a choice.

Respect is a choice.

Whatever choice you make makes you.

Choose wisely.”

Roy T.Bennett

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

Beverly Sills

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”

Francis Chan

“Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.”

Haile Gebrselassie

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

Muhammad Ali

31-40 Motivational First Day at Work Quotes

“Your ability to discipline yourself to set clear goals, and then to work toward them every day, will do more to guarantee your success than any other single factor.”

Brian Tracy

“Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.”

Brian Tracy

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

Dale Carnegie

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”

Peter Marshall

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled.

For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”

M.Scott Peck

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist or accept the responsibility for changing them.”

Denis Waitley

“Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you someone who has never achieved much.”

Joan Collins

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”

Maya Angelou

“The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.”

Harry Golden

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.

Don’t wait for good things to happen to you.

If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”

Barrack Obama

100 Motivational First Day at Work Quotes

41-50 Motivational First Day at Work Quotes

The ones who say you can’t are too afraid you will.


Take up one idea, make that one idea your life.

Think of it, dream of it, live on that idea.

Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone.

This is the way to success.

Swami Vivekananda

It’s not about money or connections – it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone.

Mark Cuban

Hard work betrays none.

Hachiman Hikigaya

There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony.

There is time for work.

And time for love.

That leaves no other time.

Coco Chanel

Success at anything will always come down to this: Focus and effort, and we control both.

Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)

To achieve what 1% of the world’s population has, you must be willing to do what only 1% dares to do.

Manoj Arora

There is no such thing as work-life balance.

Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.

Alain de Botton

The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.

Muhammad Ali

The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

51-60 Motivational First Day at Work Quotes

What you don’t sweat out when you’re young will turn into tears when you’re old.

Japanese proverb

Destiny is for losers.

It’s just a stupid excuse to wait for things to happen instead of making them happen.

Blair Waldorf

Men die of boredom, psychological conflict and disease.

They do not die of hard work.

David Ogilvy

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.

Babe Ruth

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life — and that is why I succeed.

Michael Jordan

Talent is cheaper than table salt.

What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.

Stephen King

I never viewed myself as particularly talented.

Where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic.

You know, while the other guy’s sleeping, I’m working.

Will Smith

Being busy does not always mean real work.

The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration.

Seeming to do is not doing.

Thomas Edison

At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I have to go to work — as a human being.

What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for — the things I was brought into the world to do?

Or is this what I was created for?

To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?

Marcus Aurelius

I think the thing about that was I was always willing to work; I was not the fastest or biggest player but I was determined to be the best football player I could be on the football field and I think I was able to accomplish that through hard work.

Jerry Rice

61-70 Motivational First Day at Work Quotes

It’s hard work making movies.

It’s like being a doctor: you work long hours, very hard hours, and it’s emotional, tense work.

If you don’t really love it, then it ain’t worth it.

George Lucas

Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.

William A.Ward

In order to master a field, you must love the subject and feel a profound connection to it.

Your interest must transcend the field itself and border on the religious.

Robert Greene

Shovel today’s challenges for your tomorrow’s freedom.

Aniekee Ezekiel

I don’t like work – no man does – but I like what is in the work – the chance to find yourself.

Your own reality – for yourself not for others – what no other man can ever know.

They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means.

Joseph Conrad

Winners embrace hard work.

They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win.

Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment.

And that’s the difference.

Lou Holtz

You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing.

What you’ll discover will be wonderful.

What you’ll discover will be yourself.

Alan Alda

My success was due to good luck, hard work, and support and advice from friends and mentors.

But most importantly, it depended on me to keep trying after I had failed.

Mark Warner

To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve.

And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish.

Stay reachable.

Stay in touch.

Don’t isolate.

Michael Jordan

Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work.

I live by that.

You grind hard so you can play hard.

At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it’ll pay off.

It could be in a year; it could be in 30 years.

Eventually, your hard work will pay off.

Kevin Hart

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71-80 Motivational First Day at Work Quotes

Be prepared, work hard, and hope for a little luck.

Recognize that the harder you work and the better prepared you are, the more luck you might have.

Ed Bradley

It seems like the world is crumbling out there, but it is actually a really great time in your life to get a little crazy, follow your curiosity and be ambitious about it.

Larry Page

I would rather risk wearing out than rusting out.

Theodore Roosevelt

Be like a duck, paddling and working hard in the water, but what everyone sees is a smiling, calm face.

Manoj Arora

Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.

Gustave Flaubert

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.

Michael Jordan

The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure.

Henry David Thoreau

The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them.

Louisa May Alcott

The human race is a monotonous affair.

Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.

Robert Half

81-90 Motivational First Day at Work Quotes

The more I want to get something done the less I call it work.

Richard Bach

I can accept failure.

Everyone fails at something.

But I can’t accept not trying.

Michael Jordan

Work as hard as you can.

Even though who you work with and what you work on are more important than how hard you work.

Naval Ravikant

The better your feedback loop, the better your work.

Businesses have the market.

Novels have the readers.

Science has experiments.

It’s when the feedback loop is a small group of bosses or peers that quality falls apart.

Naval Ravikant

Amateurs are busy and tense.

Professionals are calm and focused.

Maxime Lagacé

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought.

There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.

Victor Hugo

Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.

David Bly

In dwelling, live close to the ground.

In thinking, keep to the simple.

In conflict, be fair and generous.

In governing, don’t try to control.

In work, do what you enjoy.

In family life, be completely present.

Lao Tzu

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.

Newt Gingrich

If you accomplish something good with hard work, the labor passes quickly, but the good endures; if you do something shameful in pursuit of pleasure, the pleasure passes quickly, but the shame endures.

Gaius Musonius Rufus

91-100 Motivational First Day at Work Quotes

“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams.

If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.”

Lady Gaga

“All happiness depends on courage and work.”

Honoré de Balzac

“Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.”

Gustave Flaubert

“Without ambition one starts nothing.

Without work one finishes nothing.

The prize will not be sent to you.

You have to win it.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you trust in yourself…

and believe in your dreams…

and follow your star…

you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.”

Terry Pratchett

“Hide not your talents, they for use were made,

What’s a sundial in the shade?”

Benjamin Franklin

“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.”

George Carlin

“I’ve come to the conclusion that people who wear headphones while they walk, are much happier, more confident, and more beautiful individuals than someone making the solitary drudge to work without acknowledging their own interests and power.”

Jason Mraz

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”

Bertrand Russell

“Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you;

Be true to your word and your work and your friend;

Put least trust in him who is foremost to praise you,

Nor judge of a road till it draw to the end.”

John Boyle O’Reilly

101-110 Motivational First Day at Work Quotes

“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.

Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.”

Louisa May Alcott

“Every person needs to take one day away.

A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.

Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.

Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.

Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”

Maya Angelou

“Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy.

Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction.”

Anne Frank

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”

Émile Zola

“In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.”

Tina Fey

“Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.”

Gordon B. Hinckley

“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old”

Peter Drucker

“No man needs sympathy because he has to work, because he has a burden to carry.

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day.

Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.”


100 Motivational First Day at Work Quotes

111-120 Motivational First Day at Work Quotes

“I want to do it because I want to do it.

Women must try to do things as men have tried.

When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”

Amelia Earhart

“The strength of the team is each individual member.

The strength of each member is the team.”

Phil Jackson

“Each man had only one genuine vocation – to find the way to himself….

His task was to discover his own destiny – not an arbitrary one – and to live it out wholly and resolutely within himself.

Everything else was only a would-be existence, an attempt at evasion, a flight back to the ideals of the masses, conformity and fear of one’s own inwardness.”

Herman Hesse

“No work is insignificant.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“I am focused on the work.

I am constantly creating.

I am a busy girl.

I live and breathe my work.

I love what I do.

I believe in the message.

There’s no stopping.

I didn’t create the fame, the fame created me.”

Lady Gaga

“It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste”

Henry Ford

“You should not confuse your career with your life.”

Dave Barry

“Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose”

Leonardo da Vinci

“God sells us all things at the price of labor.”

Leonardo Da Vinci

“My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit.

He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.”

Indira Gandhi

121-130 Motivational First Day at Work Quotes

“Nothing worthwhile comes easily.

Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.”

Hamilton Holt

“Plenty of men can do good work for a spurt and with immediate promotion in mind, but for promotion you want a man in whom good work has become a habit.”

Henry L. Doherty

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

Vince Lombardi

“I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.”

Harry S. Truman

“Dreams can come true, but there is a secret.

They’re realized through the magic of persistence, determination, commitment, passion, practice, focus and hard work.

They happen a step at a time, manifested over years, not weeks.”

Elbert Hubbard

“If your work is becoming uninteresting, so are you.

Work is an inanimate thing and can be made lively and interesting only by injecting yourself into it.

Your job is only as big as you are.”

George C. Hubbs

“Don’t limit yourself.

Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do.

You can go as far as your mind lets you.

What you believe, you can achieve.”

Mary K. Ash

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.“

Pablo Picasso

“Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”

Napoleon Hill

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