30 Work Quotes to Motivate Young People
Millennials are possibly the largest generation in the workforce (according to several research groups), and many employers are frustrated with their work ethic. Even as they blame their substandard performances on misunderstandings with their bosses, many of them are denied promotions or are being fired. Obviously, not every young person demonstrates an intolerable attitude, but J.T. O'Donnell (Founder and CEO of WorkItDaily) has seen enough in various studies to make three general observations about them.
- They show no sense of responsibility toward the improvement of their capabilities; they wait on the employer to spell out the next step, or to find resources for their self-development.
- They lack drive and professionalism; they put in the least amount of time, and demand much flexibility in how and when they do their jobs.
- They are easily dissatisfied. When the novelty of the new job wears off in a few months, they complain and get ready to quit.
The following three groups of quotes aim to motivate the young people in the form of daily or weekly posts on the bulletin board, as ice-breaker topics in staff meetings, or in any other way that will grab their attention.
Sense of Responsibility
(1) Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, "Certainly I can!" Then get busy and find out how to do it. (Theodore Roosevelt)
(2) Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you. (Henri Frédéric Amiel)
(3) Whatever you are doing, you are making manhood. Half-hearted work makes only half a man. (Bob Burdette)
(4) Though [the ants] have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. (Proverbs 6: 7,8)
(5) Responsibility to yourself means . . . learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work. (Adrienne Rich)
(6) What the society thinks is of no interest to me. All that's important is how I see myself. I know who I am. I know the value of my work. (Robin Sharma)
(7) If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development. (Brian Tracy)
(8) If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundation under them. (David Thoreau)
(9) To become a master at any skill, it takes the total effort of your heart, mind, and soul working together in tandem. (Maurice Young)
(10) You can either complain about how hard your life is, or you can realize that only you are responsible for it. (Glenn Beck)
Drive and Professionalism
(11) Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people. (Proverbs 22:29)
(12) The smallest thing, well done, becomes artistic. (William Matthews)
(13) How can you expect to do a great thing well when you half do the little things? These are the stepping stones to the great things. (Orison Swett Marden)
(14) No great work is ever done in a hurry. . . To do anything great requires time, patience and perseverance. (W. J.Wilmont Buston)
(15) Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. (Ephesians 6:7)
(16) A professional is one who does his best work when he feels the least like working. (Frank Lloyd Wright)
(17) Open your mind before you open your mouth. (Subroto Bagchi)
(18) Dress how you want to be addressed. (Bianca Frazier)
(19) Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work. (Gustave Flaubert)
(20) Without hard work and discipline it is difficult to be a top professional.
(21) Do your best, not because your work is worth it, but because you are. (Young People’s Weekly)
(22) Three men, all engaged at the same employment, were asked what they were doing. One said he was making five dollars a day. Another replied that he was cutting stone. The third said he was building a cathedral. . . He [the third] saw further and more clearly. (Omaha Bee)
(23) This is my work. . . Of all who live, I am the one by whom this work can best be done in the right way. (Henry Van Dyke)
(24) No task is too small to be done well. For the man who is worthy, who is fit to perform the deeds of the world, even the greatest, sooner or later the opportunity to do them will come. (G. W. Goethals)
(25) A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing. (George Bernard Shaw)
(26) Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave. (Proverbs 12:24)
(27) A young man’s message to young men . . .First, what success means: the doing well of whatever he does in whatever position he is. Second, the price of success: hard work, patience and a few sacrifices. (Edward Bok)
(28) Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. (Proverbs 13:11)
(29) How to win in life: work hard; complain less; listen more; try, learn, grow; don't let people tell you it can’t be done; make no excuses. (Germany Kent)
(30) Don’t you dare think about giving up! EVERYTHING has a process. Work with the process, not against it. Move forward with purpose and never stop believing. You can do this! (Stephanie Lahart )
Speaking generally, what is your opinion on the attitude of young adults toward work?
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