Are you looking for some perfect quotes to motivate yourself, your team members, or the important people in your life to work hard and stay focused?
If yes, then you’ve come to the right place.
Simply, hard is the key to success!
And hard work does pay off!
As far as achieving your life goals is concerned, you need to put in your best efforts consistently.
Consistent hard work is indispensable to achieve success in every profession and every path of life.
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Here, you’ll find 97 hard work quotes from some of the accomplished people to motivate you to keep working harder and not getting diverted from your ultimate goal.
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Famous Hard Work Quotes
#1. I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, and practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.
— Ray Bradbury
#2. Sometimes, you’ve to give up. Sometimes, knowing when to give up, when to try something else, is genius. Giving up doesn’t mean stopping. Don’t ever stop.
— Phil Knight
#3. Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work. I live by that. You grind hard so you can play hard. At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it’ll pay off. It could be in a year, it could be in 30 years. Eventually, your hard work will pay off.
— Kevin Harst
#4. Sticking to good habits can be hard work, and mistakes are part of the process. Don’t declare failure simply because you messed up or because you’re having trouble reaching your goals. Instead, use your mistakes as opportunities to grow stronger and become better.
— Amy Morin
#5. If you’re willing to work hard and ask lots of questions, you can learn business pretty fast.
— Steve Jobs
#6. It’s not about money or connection – it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone.
— Mark Cuban
#7. People from all walks of life and all over the world look at me and know my humble beginnings and know that everything I’ve done has been through hard work. People respect me as a marketer and brand builder.
— Sean Combs
#8. Working hard becomes a habit, a serious kind of fun. You get self-satisfaction from pushing yourself to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off.
#9. Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.
— Dwayne Johnson
#10. Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It’s wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.
— Thomas Jefferson
#11. Men die of boredom, psychological conflict, and disease. They do not die of hard work.
— David Ogilvy
#12. Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
— Dale Carnegie
#13. I think that my biggest attribute to any success that I have had is hard work. There really is no substitute for working hard.
— Maria Bartiromo
#14. If you start thinking you’re good at something, that’s often the day you stop trying to be better and open the back door for someone to come after you. That’s why we always aim higher. We never feel like we’re done.
— Drew Houston
#15. Believe in yourself, work hard, work smart, and passionately present your best self to the world.
— Hill Harper
#16. Never expect anyone to give you what you want. Work hard, show some dedication and go get it yourself.
#17. The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.
— Thomas A. Edison
#18. The hardest the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
— Thomas Paine
#19. Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is hard work.
— Stephen King
#20. Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard.
— Tim Nokte
#21. Talent! There is no such thing as talent, what they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous hard work in the right way.
— Winslow Homer
#22. Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.
— David Bly
#23. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.
— Napolean Hill
#24. Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
#25. We live in the kind of society where, in almost all cases, hard work is rewarded.
— Neil Degrasse Tyson
#26. Who you will be tomorrow is shaped by what you do today.
— Luffina Lourduraj
#27. Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
— Robert Louis Stevenson
#28. No matter how hard you work, someone else is working harder.
— Elon Musk
#29. I never took a day off in my 20s. Not one.
— Bill Gates
#30. I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions came indirectly through accident, except the phonograph. No, when I have fully decided that result is worth getting I go about it, and make trial after trial until it comes.
— Thomas A. Edison
#31. Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference.
— Lou Holtz
#32. If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it’s the best possible substitute for it.
— James A. Garfield
#33. Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.
— Malcolm Forbes
#34. Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
— Oprah Winfrey
#35. I don’t pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.
— Theodore Roosevelt
#36. You can’t go there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.
— Alan Alda
#37. When you live for a strong purpose, then hard work isn’t an option. It’s a necessity.
— Steve Pavlina
#38. Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
#39. If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
— Martin Luther King Jr.
#40. Developing a good work ethic is the key. Apply yourself at whatever you do, whether you’re a janitor or taking your first summer job, because that work ethic will be reflected in everything you do in life.
— Tyler Perry
#41. Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The Sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
— Alexander Graham Bell
#42. Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
— Peter Drucker
#43. I don’t know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.
— Margaret Thatcher
#44. A lot of hard work is hidden behind nice things.
— Ralph Lauren
#45. Working efficiently and enduring long hours of physical exertion is an acquired skill.
— Ketroy J. Oldster
#46. Hard work is prison sentence only if it doesn’t have meaning. Once it does, it becomes the kind of thing that makes you grab your wife around your waist and dance a jig.
— Malcolm Gladwell
#47. If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.
— Malcolm Gladwell
#48. Working hard for something we don’t care is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.
— Simon Sinek
#49. And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping, I’m working.
— Will Smith
#50. If you get tired learn to rest, not to quit.
#51. It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.
— Vince Lombardi
#52. Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.
— Sam Ewing
#53. The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.
— Andrew Carnegie
#54. When I was younger, I thought you had to be in control of your own life. That takes a lot of discipline, hard, and focus. You just can’t let it all fall by the wayside. Later on, I learned that God is really in control of everything. But you still have to put your best foot forward and be the best you can possibly be.
— Janet Jackson
#55. I can say the willingness to get dirty has always defined us as a nation, and it’s hallmark of hard work and a hallmark of fun, and dirt isn’t the enemy.
— Mike Rowe
#56. You can’t cheat the grind, it knows how much you’ve invested, it won’t give you anything you haven’t worked for.
#57. If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance – then anything can be achieved.
— A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
#58. Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn’t what you get for it, but what you become for it. Shake things up today! Be You… Be Free… Share…
— Steve Maraboli
#59. I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
#60. Nothing is more valuable than a tired smile to greet people despite being in the middle of a hard work.
— Mehmet Murat Ildam
#61. If you are aiming at the top, consistency is the name of the game.
— Olawale Daniel
#62. Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.
— Denis Waitley
#63. I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
— Thomas Jefferson
#64. Luck is dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.
— Ray Kroc
#65. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real value of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.
— Pope Paul VI
Hard Work and Obstacles Quotes
#66. There’ll be obstacles. There’ll be doubters. There’ll be mistakes. But with hard work, there’re no limits.
— Michael Phelps
#67. Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.
— Jeffery Gitomer
#68. Working hard overcomes a whole lot of other obstacles. You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people.
— Marsha Evans
#69. At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I have to go to work – as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for – the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?
— Marcus Aurelius
#70. If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. If we didn’t sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
— Josh Billings
#71. Today is a new day and it brings with it a new set of opportunities for me to act on. I am attentive to the opportunities and I seize them as they arise. I have full confidence in myself and my abilities. I can all things that I commit myself to. No obstacle is too big or too difficult for me to handle because what lies inside me is greater than what lies ahead of me. I am committed to improving myself and I am getting better daily.
I am not held back by regret or mistakes from the past. I am moving forward daily. Absolutely nothing is impossible for me.
— Idowu Koyenikan
#72. Don’t give up. The beginning is always the hardest. Life rewards those who work at it.
#73. We do not get to choose how we start our life. We do not get to choose the day we are born or the family we are born into, what we are named at birth, what country we are born in, and we do not get to choose our ancestry. All these things are predetermined by a higher power. By the time you are old enough to start making decisions for yourself, a lot of things in your life are already in place. It’s important, therefore, that you focus on the future, the only thing that you can change.
— Idowu Koyenikan
Hard Work and Dream Quotes
#74. Dreaming brings upon wishing – but only hard work will get you what you wish for.
— G Swiss
#75. A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.
— Colin Powell
#76. If your dream is a big dream, and if you want your life to work on the high level you say you do, there’s no way around doing the work it takes to get you there.
— Joyce Chapman
#77. You got to do the work no one else is willing to do, in order to get the kind of success most people only dream about having.
— Jeanette Coron
#78. The easiest way to succeed is through the bed. You can only dream about it.
— Ljupka Cvetanova
#79. The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive, and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream.
— Tommy Hilfiger
#80. Through hard work, perseverance, and faith in God, you can live your dreams.
— Ben Carson
Hard Work and Success Quotes
#81. We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.
— Ariana Huffington
#82. Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.
— Dwayne Johnson
#83. Confidence is a crucial building block in a successful career, and embracing it fully will take you places you never thought possible. With proper guidance and hard work, anyone can become more confident. Once you pass a certain point, you’ll feel it from the inside.
— Travis Bradberry
#84. No great achiever – even those who made it seem easy – ever succeeded without hard work.
— Jonathan Sacks
#85. Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.
— Frank Ocean
#86. Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.
— G.K. Nielson
#87. On any given Monday, I am one sale closer and one idea away from being a millionaire.
— Larry D. Turner
#88. When you do more than you are paid for, eventually you’ll be paid for more than you do.
— Zig Ziglar
#89. Success isn’t a given. It’s earned. On the track, on the field, in the gym. With blood, sweat, and the occasional tear.
#90. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.
— Colin Powell
#91. Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you’re doing or learning to do.
#92. One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.
— Viggo Mortenson
#93. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.
— Paulo Coelho
#94. Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works.
— John Carmack
#95. I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.
— Booker T. Washington
#96. All roads that lead to success have to pass through hard work boulevard at some point.
— Eric Thomas
#97. Success is three parts hard work and one part serendipity.
— Ken Poirot
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