I spend a lot of time coming up with new quotes for my materials that inspire others. Here is a collection of my best quotes throughout the years in various categories such as life, entrepreneurship, careers and personal branding. Feel free to use any of these quotes for your business or personal purposes, as long as you cite my name and title as “Dan Schawbel, Founder of Millennial Branding & Author of Promote Yourself” with a link back to this website.

On life

“Life is too unpredictable to be overconfident.”

“If you’ve been through the worst you’re built for the best.”

“Be more of yourself, and less of everybody else!”

“Learn from the past, live in the present and build your own future.”

“The one thing that’s certain with life is that you get out of it what you put into it.”

“Your time is extremely valuable, irreplaceable, and the greatest asset you can’t own. Don’t waste your time with people who don’t appreciate you.”

“Be the real you because everyone else is taken and replicas don’t sell for as much.”

“Life is one big pitch, so you better start practicing.”

“It’s what you do that makes you who you are and how you project that to others that makes you memorable.”

“Any new opportunity or experience can change your life.”

“In order to be successful tomorrow, you must sacrifice today.”

“Don’t fear the unknown, explore it.”

“What you learn from your journey is as important as the result you achieve.”

“Too many people search around, failing to see the opportunity in front of them.”

“Be challenged instead of complacent.”

“Say yes now for the privilege of saying no later.”

“Be prepared for the worst with a positive mindset that the best is yet to come.”

“It takes a while to connect the dots but you have to make the dots in order to connect them.”

On careers

“Be accountable for your own career and take charge of your life.”

“No one is going to invest in your career unless in you invest in yourself first.”

“Think of your career as a labyrinth instead of a ladder. There’s no single path to the top, you’ll encounter countless obstacles along the way and you might just end up somewhere you thought you would never be.”

“Building a career is like mining for gold. You have to keep chipping away until you discover what you’re meant to do.”

“There’s no clear path to success so create your own.”

“Embrace change or be a victim of it.”

“Hope is NOT a good career strategy. Don’t leave your career to chance, promote yourself!”

“If you’re unwilling to put the work in, don’t be surprised when you don’t get the outcome you desired.”

“It’s far better to act now and apologize later.”

“You can’t win a race you don’t start.”

“A career is no longer a race up the ladder – it’s a collection of experiences. Those who have experienced the most have a competitive advantage over those who remain stagnant.”

“Create your own career, instead of letting your company do it for you.”

“Just like content is king on the internet, your experience is king when it comes to getting a job.”

“In order to succeed in the new world of work you MUST become the commander of your career.”

“If you don’t know what you bring to the table, you don’t get a seat there.”

“The first opportunities are the hardest to obtain because everyone wants to view your past performance.”

“If a resume was the deciding factor in recruitment, there would never be a need for interviews.”

“The divide between interviewing for a position and actually working at a company will close thanks to employer branding.”

“When you are passionate about your job, it becomes a hobby.”

“Gain leverage in your job by getting management to depend on you for your services.”

On the workplace

“In the information economy, it was more about what you knew. In the social economy, it’s more about how connected you are. If two candidates have the same skill level, the more connected candidate should get the job.”

“Companies who care about their employees’ careers will retain them, while others will lose the battle for talent.”

“If companies expect you to do work-related activities outside the office, then they should let you do personal-related activities inside the office.”

On personal branding

“Brand yourself for the career you want, not the job you have.”

“By focusing entirely on your personal brand, you become unemployable.”

“The only brand you can sustain is the one that is authentic to you!”

“If you want to be known for everything, you’ll be known for nothing.”

“If you don’t take ownership of your online reputation, your Google results will speak for themselves.”

“When you have passion, expertise and a support system, you can do anything!”

“What makes you weird, makes you unique and therefore makes you stand out.”

“To succeed, you must be the best at what you do, for a specific audience.”

“You are the chief marketing officer for the brand called you, but what others say about your brand is more impactful than what you say about yourself.”

“To secure your brand, spend more of your time networking outside of your company than within.”

“When it comes to the web, you are graded based solely on what is observable.”

“Proficiency in social media is a differentiator now, but will soon be a qualifier.”

“The goal of personal branding is to be recruited based on your brand, not applying for jobs.”

“You won’t succeed in marketing a poor personal brand.”

“When you brand yourself properly, the competition becomes irrelevant.”

“Visibility creates opportunities.”

“As professional and personal lives converge, those who are authentic and transparent will triumph.”

“Social media is a career catalyst…it let’s you accomplish a lifetimes worth of work in a short period of time.”

“Lead with your brand and let the compensation follow.”

“Social media will expose people who have bad intentions and reward people who are trying to make a positive impact on the world.”

“Your personal brand is at stake wherever your name is mentioned, whether it’s by you or someone else.”

“Focus on being the best at one thing instead of being mediocre at many.”

On networking

“It’s not the size of your network, but how you use it.”

“Make your life one giant networking event.”

“The best way to become successful is to make others successful first.”

“The most successful networkers give value before receiving it.”

“The reciprocal nature of networking establishes a relationship instead of a one-night-stand.”

“When you listen before you talk, you cause the other party to be more interested in you.”

On entrepreneurship

“In today’s world, entrepreneurship is simply ‘personal accountability’. You need to drive your career and not wait for someone else to do it for you.”

“You’re always working for someone regardless of occupation. Employees work for managers. Entrepreneurs work for customers.”

“If you want to be a successful entrepreneur you need to be able to see problems that others don’t and have solutions that no one has thought of before.”

“You don’t need to own a business to be an entrepreneur, but you do need the entrepreneurial mindset to be successful in business.”

On education

“There is an apparent void in our education system. We attend higher education to land a job when we graduate, yet we don’t learn how to get a job.”

“Colleges should invest more in their career centers if they want to help students secure internships and jobs, as well as justify high tuition rates.”

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