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15 Know Your Worth Quotes to Prime Yourself For Salary Negotiations

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Do you know what’s the most valuable asset you have in life? It’s YOU. You are your biggest vehicle of progress. But you can also be your own biggest saboteur. How come? 

Because many of us tend to diminish our own achievements and make our accomplishments seem insignificant or “lucky”. Some of us also hate to sound boastful and prefer “our work to speak for itself”.

But as Dr. Robin Pinkley, a management professor at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business and a published author, points out this is the wrong mindset for salary negotiations

When it comes to money talks, you should always know your worth and speak from the “value perspective”. Dr. Robin Pinkley says

“The extent to which you’re bringing true, sustainable value to the organization, compared with others, is your internal equity, and should in part drive your paycheck.” 

If you’re struggling to articulate your worth to an employer (or just about anyone else), this list of know your worth quotes should help you get into the right mindset! 

Best “When You Know Your Worth” Quotes

If you shape your life according to nature, you will never be poor; if according to people’s opinions, you will never be rich.

— Epicurus

I have come to the conclusion that the greatest obstacle to getting what we really want in life is not the other party, as difficult as he or she can be. The biggest obstacle is actually ourselves.

— William Ury in Getting to Yes with Yourself

Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, “I am of no value”, is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought – so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are your own master.

— Dalai Lama

If you choose not to act, you have little chance of success. What’s more, when you choose to act, you’re able to succeed more frequently than you think.

The Confidence Code by Katty Kay

You can waste a perfectly good life trying to meet the standards of someone who thinks you’re not good enough because they can’t understand who you are.”

Refuse to Choose! by Barbara Sher

The truth is, what you do matters. What you do today matters. What you do every day matters. Successful people just do the things that seem to make no difference in the act of doing them and they do them over and over and over until the compound effect kicks in.

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Your body of work is everything you create, contribute, affect, and impact. For individuals, it is the personal legacy you leave at the end of your life, including all the tangible and intangible things you have created. Individuals who structure their careers around autonomy, mastery, and purpose will have a powerful body of work.

Body of Work by Pamela Slim

Emptying yourself of your best work isn’t just about checking off tasks on your to-do list; it’s about making steady, critical progress each day on the projects that matter, in all areas of life.

Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry

Know Your Worth Quotes for Woman 

Women are more likely to get overlooked in the workplace — or, on the contrary, call out for too obvious “ladder-climbing” and careerism. Don’t pay attention to those people! You are worth everything you wish for. 

Make yourself interesting. Make yourself relevant. Do your homework so you know precisely what you want or need. Then, respectfully, ask for it.

The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

Own your disappointment, acknowledge it for what it is, and move on.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Nobody who ever accomplished anything big or new or worth raising a celebratory fist in the air did it from their comfort zone.”

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Badassery: 1. (noun) the practice of knowing one’s own accomplishments and gifts, accepting one’s own accomplishments and gifts, and celebrating one’s own accomplishments and gifts; 2. (noun) the practice of living life with swagger: SWAGGER (noun or verb) a state of being that involves loving oneself, waking up “like this” and not giving a crap what anyone else thinks about you. Term first coined by William Shakespeare.”

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

There is one irrefutable law of the universe: We are each responsible for our own life. If you’re holding anyone else accountable for your happiness, you’re wasting your time. You must be fearless enough to give yourself the love you didn’t receive.

What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

know your worth quotes

Focus less on the impression you’re making on others and more on the impression you’re making on yourself.

Presence by Amy Cuddy

Every time you have to make a choice about anything, think “Does this go toward or away from what I want?” Always choose what goes toward what you want.

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was by Barabara Sher


  • Elena Prokopets

    Elena runs content operations at Freesumes since 2017. She works closely with copywriters, designers, and invited career experts to ensure that all content meets our highest editorial standards. Up to date, she wrote over 200 career-related pieces around resume writing, career advice... more

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