The Top 101 Inspirational Quotes for Freelancers

Freelancing can be a lonely business. You’re working from home, often by yourself, and sometimes it feels like the whole world is against you. It’s tough to stay motivated when things get tough. That’s why it’s important to have a few inspirational quotes to keep you going.

As a freelancer or small business owner, getting your company up and running is akin to sowing a seed. It requires a significant amount of time and money. After that, you have to nurture it without knowing when the tree will finally grow roots and give back to you. It might be difficult, but when your project begins to develop, it sure brings joy.

Often times, the journey is tough with a lot of obstacles along the way. Don’t forget to take a step back, reflect on your progress and find inspiration from these 101 quotes for freelancers.

Freelancer Motivational Quotes

1. Don’t get distracted. Never tell yourself that you need to be the biggest brand in the whole world. Start by working on what you need at the present moment and then what you need to do tomorrow. So, set yourself manageable targets. – Jas Bagniewski

2. “Chase your passion, not your pension.” – Denis Waitley

3. “If your mind can conceive it, and your heart can believe it-you can achieve it.” -Muhammad Ali

4. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” -Steve Jobs

5. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” -Steve Jobs

6. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” -Oprah Winfrey

7. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” -Norman Vincent Peale

8. If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn

9. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing-that’s why we recommend it daily.” -Zig Ziglar

10. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” – Chris Grosser

11. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” -Dalai Lama

12. “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” -Bertrand Russell

13. “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.” -Oprah Winfrey

14. “As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” -Nelson Mandela

15. “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” -Japanese Proverb

16. “Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” -David McCullough Jr.

17. “The climb to the top is done one step at a time.” -Dr. Robert Schuller

18. “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” -Bill Cosby

19. “Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners.” -Robert T. Kiyosaki

20. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

21. “A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.” -English Proverb

22. “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

23. “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” -Theodore Roosevelt

24. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” -Nelson Mandela

25. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” -Sir Winston Churchill

26. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched-they must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller

27. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

28. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” -Stephen Covey

29. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill

30. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” -Maya Angelou

31. “Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.” -Orison Swett Marden

32. “It’s your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude.” -Zig Ziglar

33. “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” -Nikos Kazantzakis

34. “Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.” -Theodore N. Vail

35. “A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.” -Vince Lombardi

36. “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” -M. Scott Peck

37. “The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.” -Arthur C. Clarke

38. “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today.” -Nolan Bushnell

39. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” -Richard Branson

40. “Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don’t think about what might happen to you.” -Shirley MacLaine

41. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. -Steve Jobs

42. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” -Abraham Lincoln

43. “What I do, the way I think, is me. If you don’t like that, tough.” -John Lennon

44. “Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” -Grandma Moses

45. “If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.” – Michele Ruiz

46. “A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at.” -Bruce Lee

47. “Do one thing every day that scares you.”― Eleanor Roosevelt

48. “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” -Diane Ackerman

49. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” -T.S. Eliot

50. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Williamson

51. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

52. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou

53. “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle

54. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

55. “The most dangerous risk of all—the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar

56. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

57. “Do not let arrogance go to your head and despair to your heart; do not let compliments go to your head and criticism to your heart. Do not let success go to your head and failure to your heart.” — Roy T. Bennett

58. “Go where you are celebrated—not merely tolerated” ― Shannon L. Alder

59. “Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.”- Kevin Kruse

60. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey

61. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

62. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” ― Abraham Lincoln

63. “You can either experience the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The choice is yours.” – Unknown

64. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard

65. “So go where you are celebrated, not merely tolerated.” – Shannon L Alder

66. “Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

67. “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel

68. “It’s better to aim at stars and hit a tree, than aim at a tree and hit a stump.” – Harry Truman

69. “Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” –H. Jackson Brown Jr

70. “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey

71. “Each one must learn for himself the highest wisdom. It cannot be taught in words. Men who work cannot dream, and wisdom comes to us when we are awake.” – Chief Joseph

72. “Positive results can’t just happen by chance—they are the fruit of well-planned strategies.” ― Tye Olson

73. “Develop An ‘Attitude Of Gratitude’. Say Thank You To Everyone You Meet For Everything They Do For You.” – Brian Tracy

74. “If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.” – J.M. Power

75. “Part of being brave is being the one who feels the most afraid sometimes.” – Shelly Brown

76. “Do not wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now…with whatever you have, wherever you are. The journey of a thousand miles must begin with one step.” – Chinese Proverb

77. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

78. “The greatest barrier between yourself and your goal is action.” – Preeti Kaur

79. “The greatest injury of all is to set a goal that isn’t yours.” – Peter McWilliams

80. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

81. “Blessed are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true.” – Anonymous

82. “I do not believe that things happen by chance or accident, they happen as a result of our own inner feelings and will power.” – Florence Scovel Shinn

83. “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

84. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker

85. “If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.” – Denis Waitley

86. “Do not wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started nowWith each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” – Mark Victor Hansen

87. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life–think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” – Swami Vivekananda

88. “If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Mary Kay Ash

89. “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson

90. “A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” – Tim Fargo

91. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

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

93. “Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.” – Maxim Gorky

94. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

95. “It doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.” – Deng Xiaoping

96. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”― Abraham Lincoln

97. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

98. “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” – Marissa Mayer

99. “If you believe it’ll work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you don’t believe it’ll work out, you’ll see obstacles.” – Wayne Dyer

100. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” – George Lorimer

101. “You are the average of the five people you associate most with.” – Jim Rohn

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