51 Motivational Work Quotes When You Don’t Feel Like Working

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A list of work quotes to fire up your week and unleash your full potential in the office.

I can’t work until my coffee does.

If it sounds like you on a Monday morning, you are not alone. Working 9-5 can be tough even you have the job you like. If you hate your job, showing up every day and spending 8 hours in the office can feel like a lifetime.

According to a 2017 study, 51% of employees feel emotionally disconnected from their jobs, and worse, 16% hate their jobs. That’s why there’s no need to blame yourself for not feeling like to work when you have to.

No one can stay 100% hyped up all the time. And sometimes we just need to get things done even when we don’t feel like to. Unless you have a clear direction and an established plan, quitting your 9-5 job may not be the best idea.

To get you through your week and find your motivation for work again, here is a list of inspirational work quotes and quotes about work ethics to keep your head up high.

Pick one that relates to you and write it down on a note. Stick it to your desk panel and make it your mantra.


Motivational Work Quotes To Get Yourself Back In The Game

Few things will make you feel better than a job brilliantly done.  - Robin S. Sharma/ Empowering quotes to take your work  and your career to the next level - OurMindfulLife.com

Few things will make you feel better than a job brilliantly done.
– Robin S. Sharma

Don't be busy. Be productive./ Empowering quotes to take your work  and your career to the next level - OurMindfulLife.com

Don’t be busy. Be productive.

You can control two things: your work ethic and your attitude about anything.
– Ali Krieger

You need lofty goals. Then cement it with a great work ethic - Jerry West/ Empowering quotes to take your work  and your career to the next level - OurMindfulLife.com

You need lofty goals. Then cement it with a great work ethic.
– Jerry West

If you want something you've never had, you have to do something that you've never done - Unknown/ Empowering quotes to take your work  and your career to the next level - OurMindfulLife.com

If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something that you’ve never done.
– Unknown

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Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lays your vacation.
– Aristotle

Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room - Dwayne Johnson/ Empowering quotes to take your work  and your career to the next level - OurMindfulLife.com

Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.
– Dwayne Johnson

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in work. 
– Aristotle

You will never plow a field if you only turn it over in your mind
– Unknown

Some people want it to happen; some wish it would happen; others make it happen - Michael Jordan/ Empowering quotes to take your work  and your career to the next level - OurMindfulLife.com

Some people want it to happen; some wish it would happen; others make it happen.
– Michael Jordan

You can’t have a million-dollar goal with a one-dollar work ethic.
– Stephen C. Hogan

It’s better to try and fail than standing there doing nothing.
– Unknown

Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you're in a fight - Michael Jordan / Quotes about work and work ethics for employees and entrepreneurs- OurMindfulLife.com

Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you’re in a fight.
– Michael Jordan

Prepare for every game like you just lost your last game.
– Lon Kruger

If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
– Michael Jordan

The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch - Jim Rohn / Quotes about work and work ethics for employees and entrepreneurs- OurMindfulLife.com

The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch
– Jim Rohn

Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations.
– Ralph Marston

Wear your passion on your sleeve and hold your heart in the palm of your hand. And work hard. Really hard.
– Robin Sharma

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 - Steve Jobs / Quotes about work and work ethics for employees and entrepreneurs- OurMindfulLife.com

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.
– Steve Jobs

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change
– Stephen Hawking

 Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit - Vince Lombardi/ Quotes about work and work ethics for employees and entrepreneurs- OurMindfulLife.com

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
– Vince Lombardi

Everything depends upon execution; having just a vision is no solution. 
– Stephen Sondheim

The secret to achievement is getting started.
The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then waste no time starting on the first one. 
– Mark Twain

I’d rather be with someone who does a horrible job but gives 110% than with someone who does a good job and gives 60%.
– Will Smith

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
– Steve Jobs

You become very dangerous when you learn to control your emotions.
– Unknown

You have to keep going.
– Unknown

 The easy path won't lead you to the best views./ Quotes about work and work ethics for employees and entrepreneurs- OurMindfulLife.com

The easy path won’t lead you to the best views.

Confidence is not “they will like me.”
Instead, it is “I’ll do great even if they don’t.”

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I’ve always considered myself to be just average talent, and what I have is a ridiculously insane obsessiveness for practice and preparation.
– Will Smith

And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic.
You know, while the other guy’s sleeping? I’m working.
– Will Smith

Prove them wrong.

Prove them wrong. / Motivational work quotes for when you don't want to work - OurMindfulLife.com

Treat your customers like they own you, because they do.
– Mark Cuban

The first step is you have to say that you can.
– Will Smith

It's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen - Scott Belsky / Motivational work quotes for when you don't want to work - OurMindfulLife.com

It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.
– Scott Belsky

Excuses will always be there for you. Opportunity won’t.
– Unknown

Don't watch the clock. Do what it does: keep going - Sam Levenson / Motivational work quotes for when you don't want to work - OurMindfulLife.com

Don’t watch the clock. Do what it does: keep going.
– Sam Levenson

Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.
– Albert Einstein

Strive for progress. Not perfection.
– Unknown

It’s not about money or connections; it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone when it comes to your business.
– Mark Cuban

If you do not ask, the answer will always be no.
– Unknown

Ctrl + Alt + Del : Control yourself, Alter your thoughts, Delete negativity/ Motivational work quotes for when you don't want to work - OurMindfulLife.com

Ctrl + Alt + Del
Control yourself
Alter your thoughts
Delete negativity
– Unknown

One day, all those late nights and early mornings will pay off.
– Unknown

Nothing’s more fun than doing what people say you can’t do.
– Unknown

You don’t need to be motivated to do work. You need to be disciplined.
– Unknown

Let your success do the talking / Motivational work quotes for when you don't want to work - OurMindfulLife.com

Let your success do the talking.
– Unknown

The result you fantasize about lies in the work you are avoiding.
– Kylie Francis

Today I'll do what others won't, and tomorrow I can do what others can't. / Motivational work quotes for when you don't want to work - OurMindfulLife.com

Today I’ll do what others won’t, and tomorrow I can do what others can’t.
– Unknown

Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it away from you.
– Mark Cuban

Make it happen. Shock everyone.
– Unknown

Make it happen. Shock everyone / Motivational work quotes for when you don't want to work - OurMindfulLife.com

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Coffee in one hand, confidence in another.
– Unknown


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