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Everyone experiences stress and uncertainty sometimes, especially when you’ve reached a crossroads in your career.

Do you go after the exciting opportunity with the fledgling start-up, or should you stick with your stable company that actually offers benefits? Should you sell your car, start your internet business, and move to Bali, or will you end up as broke and desperate as your parents fear?

Making big life choices can be tough, but sometimes an inspirational quote jolts us out of our indecisiveness and reminds us of the goals that led us to this fork in the road in the first place. Here are some of my favorites on work, travel, creativity, and living an authentic life.

The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.

-Anna Quindlen

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

-Anais Nin

Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender, it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.

-Stephen Covey

The only routine with me is no routine at all.

-Jackie Kennedy

We like to give people the freedom to work where they want, safe in the knowledge that they have the drive and expertise to perform excellently, whether they [are] at their desk or in their kitchen. Yours truly has never worked out of an office, and never will.

-Richard Branson

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

-Mark Twain

Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.

-Irving Wallace

If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.

-Mark Zuckerberg

You are to set your own value, communicate that value to the world, and then not settle for less. Sound daunting? That’s just because it takes you out of your comfort zone. You have got to stop being an obstacle on your own path to wealth and security and happiness. You must understand that valuing yourself is well within your control.

-Suze Orman

On my own I will just create, and if it works, it works, and if it doesn’t, I’ll create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.


Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

-Gloria Steinem

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

-Oscar Wilde

Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.

-Elizabeth Gilbert