Ismail Al Hammadi is one of the Middle East’s foremost real estate experts and a business veteran with over two decades of valuable experience in the developing Dubai into the world-leading city we know today.

When he’s not inspiring others, he sharpens his own skills with the expertise of contemporaries around the world. Here he offers CXM World a list of inspirational quotes from some of the planet’s most successful people, that have helped him…and can motivate you in your own career.

Many of you would have, at one time or another in your 20s perhaps, encountered career advice.

The world is moving at a faster pace now though, and cliché advice such as “do what you love”, “follow your passion”, or “go the extra mile” just don’t cut it anymore.

If I were to sit down for a cup of tea with my 20-year-old self, what advice would I give him? I guess it would be: “If you can’t find a path, make one. But never give up!”

Perhaps the best advice for your career doesn’t even exist, but you still need some fresh takes on getting a head start in your chosen career. To help you, I’ve gathered a list of quotes by some of the most inspirational people in the world.


Mark Zuckerberg

“Finding your purpose isn’t enough”




Richard Branson

“Never look back in regret—move on to the next thing.”

Sheryl Sandberg

“There is no straight path to where you are going.”

Warren Buffett

“Exercise humility and restraint.”



Bill Gates

“Keep things simple.”





J.K. Rowling

“Embrace failure.”

Steve Jobs

“Don’t just follow your passion, but something larger than yourself.”


Maya Angelou

“Make your own path.”




Arianna Huffington

“Don’t work too hard.”

Deepak Chopra

“Embrace the wisdom of uncertainty.”

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