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Have you written on your resume that you have a strong work ethic?

Don't! A strong work ethic isn't something that you write about on a resume or cover letter. Instead, it's something that you prove on a daily basis, and building a strong work ethic may be trickier than you think.


Work ethic can be a very subjective term. What one individual may define as a good work ethic could differ greatly from what a colleague, supervisor, or organization defines as a good work ethic.

It's fine if a professional reference, like a former colleague or supervisor, praises your work ethic. But you should never just assume that you have a strong work ethic. We can always do better.

That being said, there are a few things that we can all do to put ourselves in position to be praised for our work ethics.

Always Be Humble

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This applies to veteran workers with loads of experience and talented newcomers with fresh ideas. You should always take a humble approach.

For newcomers, you may have a great education and all the confidence in the world, but you can't just march into a new job like you already own the place. You have to take time to get a sense of the workplace, and the expectations. Take some time to listen and learn, and then you can slowly carve your spot into the workplace.

In the case of experienced workers, it doesn't matter how good you think you are at your job, you need to be ready to adapt to change at a moment's notice. When you've been at a job for a long time, it's easy to get stuck in your old ways. But, not only is that bad for career growth, but it comes across as cocky and stubborn when job expectations begin to change.

Take Control Of Your Career

There are still many in the workforce that have this outdated notion that their employer is responsible for coaching them and helping them advance their career. But the fact is that as soon as an employee starts a new job, it's up to that employee to be the driving force behind learning that job, and eventually advancing in it.

The whole reason that you were hired was because of your ability to provide a service, and the responsibility is on you to provide that service. However, that doesn't mean you can't ask your boss or supervisor for guidance or advice. It's just that you should be doing it as you're taking initiative, not sitting around at your desk waiting for help or feedback.

The same goes for career planning. You should always seek out opportunities to grow your career, and make suggestions on how you can grow at your position and at your workplace. If you go to your boss with a good plan that will ultimately make the company more efficient, and profitable, you'll get their support.

Be Willing To Help Others

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While it's important to do everything you need to do to get your own career on track, it's also important to share your knowledge and experience with others. Taking time to mentor or help a co-worker shows a great deal of leadership.

It shows that you're not only trying to better yourself, but you're being a team player and trying to make those around you better, which ultimately benefits the entire workplace. By taking the time to lead by example, you become an important resource for your co-workers and may someday put yourself in position for a promotion.

In addition, the willingness to help others reflects well on your character and work ethic, two things that you want everyone praising if you ever decide to leave for a new opportunity.

The small things that you do on a daily basis to better yourself, and your workplace, add up over time and create a large impact. That's what it takes to build a strong work ethic. Take the opportunity to lead by example on a daily basis and ultimately your accomplishments, and references, will speak to your work ethic, so you don't have to!


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Inspiration lacking this Monday morning? On the job search and feeling blue? Stuck in a career you hate? Not sure what success means to you? You're not alone. Grab a nice, warm cup of coffee and let us help you out.

Light your inner fire with these inspirational career quotes:

What Are Professional Quotes? 

Professional quotes motivate and inspire you to become the best professional you can be in your career. They remind you that you can achieve what you want to achieve. What does success look like to you? If you ever need some inspiration, read these quotes...

What Are The Best Inspirational Quotes For Professionals?


  1. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." —Confucius
  2. “It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career." —Carlton Fisk
  3. “Work to become, not to acquire." —Elbert Hubbard
  4. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it." —Katherine Whitehorn
  5. "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." —Michael Jordan
  6. "Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet." —Robert H. Schuller
  7. "The best way to predict the future is to create it." —Abraham Lincoln
  8. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." —Thomas A. Edison
  9. "I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it." —Lou Holtz
  10. "I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything." —Jon Stewart
  11. "Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it." —George Lucas
  12. "If you can DREAM it, you can DO it." —Walt Disney
  13. "Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire." —Johnny Carson
  14. "I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do." —Helen Keller
  15. "A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory." —Arthur Golden
  16. "It's not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts." —Brian White
  17. "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." —General George Patton
  18. "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." —Albert Einstein
  19. "Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  20. "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." —Mark Twain
  21. "You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do." —Confucius

1. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." —Confucius

Inspirational Career Quotes Confucius


2. “It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career." —Carlton Fisk

Inspirational Career Quotes Carlton Fisk


3. “Work to become, not to acquire." —Elbert Hubbard

Inspirational Work Quotes


4. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it." —Katherine Whitehorn

Inspirational Work Quotes


5. "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." —Michael Jordan

Inspirational Career Quotes Michael Jordan


6. "Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet." —Robert H. Schuller

Inspirational Quotes About Failure


7. "The best way to predict the future is to create it." —Abraham Lincoln

Inspirational Abraham Lincoln Quotes


8. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." —Thomas A. Edison

Inspirational Thomas Edison Quotes


9. "I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it." —Lou Holtz

Inspirational Career Quotes


10. "I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything." —Jon Stewart

Inspirational Career Quotes Jon Stewart


11. "Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it." —George Lucas

Inspirational Quotes George Lucas


12. "If you can DREAM it, you can DO it." —Walt Disney

Inspirational Walt Disney Quotes


13. "Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire." —Johnny Carson

Inspirational Career Quotes


14. "I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do." —Helen Keller

Inspirational Career Quotes


15. "A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory." —Arthur Golden

Inspirational Career Quotes


16. "It's not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts." —Brian White

Inspirational Quotes About Life


17. "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." —General George Patton

Inspirational Quotes About Success


18. "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." —Albert Einstein

Inspirational Albert Einstein Quotes


19. "Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inspirational Career Quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson


20. "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." —Mark Twain

Inspirational Career Quotes About Success


21. "You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do." —Confucius

Inspirational Career Quotes Confucius

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