10 Inspiring Quotes for Career Girls

Share This Post

It’s been awhile since the last inspiring quotes round up I’ve done, so I figured today is the perfect day for a little extra motivation! Over on my Instagram, each week I feature a new quote as a part of my #sophisticatedwisdom series every Wednesday to help give you that extra boost of motivation. Whenever I need a little extra motivation, I love looking at quotes to inspire me again and give me the motivation to keep working hard.

So here are some of my favorite quotes that have inspired me in my career and I hope they inspire you too 🙂

#1 “Careers are Jungle Gyms, Not Ladders”

How many of you have heard the saying “climbing up the ladder” when talking about careers and promotions? I have heard it so many times throughout my life and it wasn’t until I really started my own career that I realized, that “promotion” isn’t always a ladder and that it’s totally okay to change roles/directions as you move throughout your career. This quote from Sheryl Sandberg is the perfect reminder that it isn’t always a ladder in your career and that is perfectly alright!

#2 “Stay Positive. Work Hard. Make it Happen”

It can be so easy sometimes to only focus on the negatives in a situation, but I challenge you to instead look at the positive next time this happens! You’ll be surprised just how much of a difference it makes to switch your perspective and continuing working hard, you can make so much happen just by focusing on these two things!

#3 “Better an oops! than a what if” 

When was the last time that you took a risk? Has it been awhile or have you been letting fear hold you back? Remember this quote next time you’re faced with a potential “risk”, sometimes it is better to just give it a try and see how it works out! Often times, the risk is worth it in the end 🙂

#4 “Hustle & Heart Will Set You Apart”

Hustle, hustle, hustle! You know I’m all about hustling hard, especially when you are working a full-time job and a side biz! Remember that if you put in the hard work and don’t give up, it WILL pay off!

#5 “Believe in Yourself”

Simply put, don’t you ever doubt yourself! When you believe in yourself,  you will set yourself up for success. The truth is that we are so much stronger and smarter than we think, we are capable of so much and if we believe in ourselves, we can make anything happen!

#6 “Be the Leslie Knope of whatever you do”

If you’re a Leslie Knope fan, raise your hand! I hope you’re all raising your hand right now 😉 We can all learn so much from Leslie Knope in Parks & Rec. She is a fearless female that will do anything to make her dreams happen and she loves her career. I think we can all channel our inner Leslie Knope and focus on being fearless and pursuing what truly makes us happy!

#7 “Invest in people who invest in you” 

You are who you surround yourself with! Being a girl boss and powerful career girl, you need to have a support system. A support system can help you when you’re feeling unmotivated or you need some advice, plus these people will always be your biggest cheerleaders! Think about who your support system is and never let them go 🙂

#8 “Live less out of habit and more out of intent” 

I think a lot of us tend to just get settled into our routines and habits (myself included). When we do this we can forget to take a step back to make sure that we are making progress towards our goals and that we are intentionally making decisions that will help us progress in our lives/careers.

#9 “Never forget your own worth” 

We all have unique skills that provide value to whatever it is that we do and we ARE valuable! Don’t you ever forget your worth! I have totally been guilty of not speaking up for what I believe I deserve, but really I should have never let myself be scared of speaking up for what I deserve. Remember your worth and always negotiate to get to a value you think you deserve!

#10 “Self-Care is the greatest medicine”

Last but not least, remember that taking care of YOU is the greatest cure for anything. As girl bosses, we are constantly working and hustling hard – but if we keep hustling and don’t ever stop to take a break, we will get burnt out. So, in your busy schedule make sure that you reserve time just for self-care.

I want to hear from YOU! What are some of your favorite inspirational quotes that motivate you in your career? Let me know in the comments below.

If you need some more inspiration, check out my other Inspirational Quote Roundups:

10 Inspiring Girl Boss Quotes

Motivational Girl Boss Quotes


10 Inspiring Career Girl Quotes | The Sophisticated Gal

Want more? You may also like:


  1. I love all these quotes, especially the first one about careers being a jungle gym rather than a ladder! Also the Leslie Knope one always makes me smile!

  2. I love these so much! One of my favorites is “Invest in people who invest in you.” It’s so important to surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams and are willing to help you get there.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *