Shireen DuPreez

Executive Search. Recruitment. Career Coaching.

Inspirational Career Quotes and Videos

banner shireen dupreezHere is a collection of some of my favourite inspirational quotes and video’s, enjoy!

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

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” John Ruskin.

Try not to become a person of success, but rather a person of value.” Albert Einstein.

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot

“And the only way to do great work is to love what you do…Don’t settle.” Steve Jobs.

“Who dares wins.” Motto of elite military special forces units.

Career Planning


“Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspirations and expectation.” Jack Nicklaus.


“Find the right fit (strengths, passions, people). Extraordinarily successful executives lead careers that fully leverage both their strengths and their passions more than six times as often as the average employee.” James Citrin and Richard Smith in The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers.

“The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Theodore Roosevelt.


“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers.

“If you will change, everything will change for you.” Jim Rohn.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Jim Rohn.

“If we keep doing what we’re doing we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.” Stephen Covey.

“The best investment you can make, is an investment in yourself…The more you learn, the more you’ll earn.” Warren Buffett.

“I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures… I divide the world into the learners and non-learners.” Benjamin Barber.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin.

Tony Robbins

“The strongest force in the human personality is the need to remain consistent with how we define ourselves.” Tony Robbins.


“Where focus goes energy flows.” Tony Robbins.


“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” Red Adair.

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor Frankl.


“Alone we can do so little – together we can do so much.” Helen Keller.

“The people you spend the most time with will change you in ways you cannot anticipate or ever fully understand after the fact. The most important choice of all is who you choose to surround yourself with.” Ben Casnocha.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Jim Rohn.

Courage and Overcoming Fear

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop and look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I loved through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” Eleanor Roosevelt.

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Winston Churchill.

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Anais Nin.

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.” Plato.

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up for our friends.” J.K. Rowling.


“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Body language

According to Harvard Researcher Amy Cuddy, practicing power poses before walking into an interview can decrease stress-related hormones in your body and increase your confidence.I highly recommend watching this Amy Cuddy TED talk “Body language shapes who you are”

Personal Power

“You lose your power not by giving it away, but by not giving it away.” Debasish Mridha.

“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” Margaret Thatcher.

“He who gains a victory over other men is strong; but he who gains a victory over himself is all powerful.” Lao-Tzu.

“I’m finally ready to own my own power, to say, “This is who I am.” If you like it, you like it. And if you don’t like it, you don’t. So watch out; I’m gonna fly.” Oprah Winfrey.


“We convince by our presence.” Walt Whitman.

“Presence manifests as confidence without arrogance.” Amy Cuddy.

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” Norman Vincent Peale.

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” Marilyn Monroe.

“Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde.


“Effective leadership flows from effectively leading yourself.” Thai Nguyen.


“Giving connects two people, the giver and the receiver, and this connection gives birth to a new sense of belonging.” Deepak Chopra.


“As you meet your friends and new people, shift from asking yourself the very natural question of “What’s in it for me?” and ask instead, “What’s in it for us?” All follows from that.” Reid Hoffman.

“Your network is your net worth.” Porter Gale.



“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter.

The higher your perceived value, the further you’ll advance in your career, and the harder it will be to get rid of you in an economic downturn.” Stuart Diamond in Getting More.

“Worry is as useless as a handle on a snowball.” Mitzi Chandler.

“If you aren’t embarrassed by the first version of your product, you shipped too late.” Reid Hoffman.

“But ‘elite’ is a tricky word, so let’s be careful to define our terms. In this case, the elite are not the rich or the one percent or the stars of stage and screen. In the historical context, it was those with the interest in and capacity to use the scientific and mechanical ideas in the Encyclopedie. It was they who set the groundwork for growth in the coming industrial era. While they may also have been rich, that wasn’t the point.” Entrepreneurs, Economic Growth, and the Enlightenment. Written by Tim Sullivan, Harvard Business Review

The Crossroads of Should and Must

Decision Making

Planning, Time Management, Productivity


“Easy short-term choices lead to difficult long-term consequences meanwhile difficult short-term choices lead to easy long-term consequences” Rory Vaden.

“Successful people have all had to do things they didn’t feel like doing in order to get where they are.” Rory Vaden.
“Little hinges swing big doors.”  W. Clement Stone.

“Focusing is about saying no.” Steve Jobs.

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot” Michael Altshuler.

“If you want to be happy, be.”  Leo Tolstoy.
“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past as better than it was, the present worse than it is and the future less resolved than it will be.” Marcel Pagnol.
“There is no duty we so underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy, we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.” Robert Louis Stevenson.

“A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.” Arthur Golden.

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Alexander Graham Bell.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw.

Design Your Life

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” Seth Godin.


“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” Jim Rohn.


Hidden Job Market
“The job market is like an iceberg, the largest part is hidden.” Shireen DuPreez.

podcast-iconPodcasts I like
Dr Linda Tucker, San Francisco based Psychotherapist
Resilience- General Rhonda Cornum
Habits of Rich People – Tom Corley
John Lee Dumas and Kate Erickson, EO Fire  (Entrepreneurs on Fire)
Mark Divine, The Unbeatable Mind and Seal Fit 



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