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Running a successful ecommerce business requires a lot work, and some days you might feel like you won’t see the fruits of your labor.

That’s why we’ve gathered 30 inspiration quotes from BigCommerce merchants to help you push through rough patches and gray days to the brighter moment ahead.

We asked each merchant:

What is your favorite inspirational business quote?

And, what about it inspires you?

We hope you can draw inspiration from these quotes as you continue to build and grow your business.

1. Walt Disney: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Submitted by April Williams, Owner of Peach Blossom:

You have to have the courage to follow your dreams because there will always be obstacles you have to face before you reach your dream.

2. 37 Signals: “Instead of freaking out about these constraints, embrace them. Let them guide you. Constraints drive innovation and force focus. Instead of trying to remove them, use them to your advantage.”

Submitted by Corryn Barakat, CEO of Milk and Love:

When you’re an ecommerce start up, there are so many constraints: time, money, energy. It can be easy to feel as though you can never achieve your dreams and desires.

This quote reminds me that our constraints inspire creativity.

It helps me to think outside the box and come up with new, innovative solutions to my problems.

3. Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Our chief want in life, is someone who shall make us do what we can. This is the service of a friend. With him, we are easily great.”

Submitted by Gene Constant, Owner of True to Size Apparel:

From the moment that I read this from Emerson, I felt a hunger for someone who I would have hoped to be there for me.

I could have been greater sooner if I only knew what I could do. Too many people lack vision.

An employee could be more than they know if someone would only provide doable yet difficult goals and show them how to attain them.

4. Robert H. Schuller: “Tough times never last, but tough people do.”

Submitted by Leighshop:

Whatever the bad situation right now, it will just pass by, don’t just give up.

5. Oprah Winfrey: “Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.”

Submitted by Lisa Baumgartner, Founder & CEO of MyFunkins Ltd.:

I find this to be one of the most inspirational quotes because it provides perspective: if you are significant in your arena, results will follow, whether it be sales, followers or whatever KPI you define to measure your personal success.

Trust your journey, invest in the end game.

6. Unknown: “Remember why you started.”

Submitted by Lynda Houston, Owner of Salvage & Bloom:

Building my business has been grueling, exciting, inspiring and exhausting.

Remembering this quote keeps me centered while I struggle.

7. Mandy Hale: “There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.”

Submitted by Kiefer Micallef, Digital Marketer at Etiko:

A life without a passion has no solid foundation, always remember why you started.

8. Walt Disney: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

Submitted by Antennagear, LLC:

It inspires me that “doing” takes a lot of hard work but its worth it in the end.

9. Bo Schembechler: “The Team! The Team! The Team!”

Submitted by Sassa Akervall, CEO & Owner of Akervall Technologies Inc.:

The success of a company is always about the team.

All pieces that come from the team are necessary to bring the company forward and to reach new heights.

10. Theodore Roosevelt: “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with dust and sweat; who strives valiantly, who errs and may fall again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming.”

Submitted by Scott Anderson, Director of Marketing at Ball Chain Manufacturing Co., Inc.:

This quote inspires me to continue to move forward and that business as well as life will be filled with set backs, challenges, failures as well as successes.

That there will always be people who get in your way, are negative, and arm chair quarterback from the sidelines, however, they are just a footnote in the lives of the successful and embody the other famous quote “the world needs ditch diggers.”

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11. Unknown: “You have to believe it before you see it.”

Submitted by Kimberly Michaels, Co-Creator of Montana’s Heart:

It’s all about faith & believing the evidence that is seen with your heart and not your eyes. 

12. Steve Martin: “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

Submitted by Maria Taverner, Founder of iGift Pty Ltd:

It implies that you should be the best you can so others cannot ignore what you are doing.

Focus on being the best you can and not what your competitors are doing. 

13. Unknown: “Never underestimate the power of a t-shirt.”

Submitted by Jeff McCormack, President of T-shirt.ca:

You might host a perfect event, but if mess up your t-shirts that’s all people will talk about.

14. Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Submitted by Jaclyn Miramontes, Creative Director at Gia Monae:

This quote inspires me because it keeps me grounded and reminds me to stay unique and not do what everyone else in my industry is doing.

What works for someone else may not work for me and this quote reminds me to stay true to me if I expect to see a difference in my business and in the impact i make.

15. Roy Ash: “An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.”

Submitted by Dennis Christo, Owner of Karambit.com:

This reminds me that even though i don’t always know what I am doing, I must be confident in my intelligence and abilities to figure it out.

Most people are too scared to even try, and that’s what separates entrepreneurs from everyone else.

16. Mi Oon: “We all have things we must do that we don’t really care to do and things we must do that we don’t mind doing, then there’s the goofing off.”

Submitted by Towt Wwiff, Big Fish of Mischief at Beada Beada:

Keeps the ennui of mundane automation at bay and presents a pretty nifty goal.

17. Jon Acuff: “Dear entrepreneurs, you can start a thousand businesses, launch 100 projects, and take dozens of companies public, but you only have one shot at being part of your kid’s childhood. Your kid doesn’t care about your platform, they care about your presence.”

Submitted by Jackie Martin, Co-Founder of Option Gray:

I think a lot of business quotes focus on the end result or the success.

Instead, we should see the journey to the end as part of the process as well; and, if we like it or not, our family is along for the ride as well.

It’s important to have people speak these truths into your life so you don’t get lost along the way.

18.  John A. Shedd: “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”

Submitted by Matt English, Digital Marketing Specialist at atlasRFIDstore:

This quote is a great reminder that stepping out of your comfort zone and experiencing new things is the best way to learn.

You can research, plan, and educate yourself, but the only true way to improve is to put yourself or your business out there and learn from what you experience.

19. Unknown: “If you don’t have big dreams and goals, you’ll end up working for someone that does.”

Submitted by Naseem Dalal. Owner of Rhinoleather:

Everyone has an idea – its those who are focused and work hard that make those ideas come to life.

20. Thomas Edison: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” 

Submitted by Robert Ellis, CEO of Massage Tables Now:

This quote inspires me to persevere past setbacks.

Whenever I run into a difficult roadblock with my business, it reminds me how important it is to have a growth mindset as an entrepreneur.

A growth mindset means you don’t view mistakes as failures, but instead as learning opportunities.

Staring a business venture is an arduous process that is full of challenges. You will never get everything right the first time.

The key is to adapt and evolve over time.

Mistakes can expand your knowledge and help you become a more resilient person and business owner.

21. Jeff Bezos: “Because, you know, resilience – if you think of it in terms of the Gold Rush, then you’d be pretty depressed right now because the last nugget of gold would be gone. But the good thing is, with innovation, there isn’t a last nugget. Every new thing creates two new questions and two new opportunities.”

Submitted by Earl Choate, CEO of Concrete Camouflage:

I find this quote motivating.

Anytime I think I’ve run out of new ideas or feel stuck with my business, this quote reminds me that the potential for innovation is infinite.

There is always the opportunity to invent something completely new or build something that is better or cheaper than what already exists.

There is no limit on what entrepreneurship and ingenuity can create.

22. Drew Houston: “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.”

Submitted by Ronna Moore, Owner of Fairy Homes and Gardens:

It inspires me because it’s simple but dynamic, and completely embodies the risk and the reward that’s inherent in business.

If you focus on failure, then you won’t be in the right mindset to learn from your mistakes and improve.

After all, at the end of the day, all you need is one good idea, one product that an underrepresented audience wants, one service that an industry needs, and you’re set.

Houston’s quote reminds me that I don’t have to be right all the time – once is enough.

23. Jack Ma: “In carrying out e-commerce, the most important thing is to keep doing what you are doing right now with passion, to keep it up.”

Submitted by Harrison Doan, Director of Analytics at Saatva:

I like his mention of passion, because that’s what drives us and makes us want to be better and do better.

We live in a culture where people sometimes strive towards goals without any meaning or passion, and we’ve all seen the result of that: uninspired work that isn’t created to serve.

When teams and companies are passionate, their work speaks for themselves.

24. Warren Buffett: “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

Submitted by Stephanie Pope, Partner at Hope and Harmony Farms:

This quote by Warren Buffett is a powerful reminder of our reason for carrying on the century-old legacy of farming the finest Virginia peanuts available.

In business and in life, success is a long-game in which you must nurture and sustain your brand/product; it’s not a “one and done” journey.

I reflect on this quote as a way to re-focus on our ‘why’ and to remember to follow our credo: “Love the land. Respect Your Roots. Give Your Best.”

The seeds you sow today will grow to bring value to generations down the road.

25. Albert Einstein: “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”

Submitted by Tahnee Elliott, Founder & CEO of T.C. Elli’s:

I set out to launch my brand, T.C. Elli’s.

While providing an Omni-channel marketing experience (before it was a thing), offering high-quality products, and an excellent user experience were key pillars, serving with integrity was my North Star metric.

This quote by Albert Einstein resonates with how I strive to live my life both personally and professionally; value and integrity over the traditional markers of success.

Serving with integrity and leading with humility are core values I hold close in my business.

26. The Backroads Bosslady: “Don’t risk more than you can afford to lose!”

Submitted by Jessi Roberts, Partner and Brand Manager at Cheekys:

It reminds me to continue to take risks and to try new things but also to be wise and prepare just in case things don’t go the way I expect.

27.  Abu Bakr: “Knowledge without action is meaningless”

Submitted by Sabina King, Co-founder of VeppoCig:

In this day and age of information overload, we can learn just about anything for free.

But what is the point if we do not DO anything with that knowledge?

Did you really mean to do loads of research on how to start a business…and never act upon it?

What was your original intention?

Certainly it wasn’t just to read about starting a business, so get out there, overcome the fear of failure and the fear of success…and get going!

28. Unknown: “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.”

Submitted by Angela Pronger:

The time will pass anyway. It’s just so true. Time passes and we can miss opportunities. 

29. Marian Wright Edelman: “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”

Submitted by Sebastian Mitchell Tarver, President of Boybeads:

This quote constantly reminds me that I am not working solely to gain wealth for myself, but to share wealth with others who are in need.

Being of service to others and to the planet makes me feel good about myself.

I know that I am adding value to the universe and not just selfishly taking things away.

When I first realized this, I started looking for small ways to make a positive difference in the world around me.

This completely changed my life for the better!

30. Unknown: “Life’s too short to learn from your own mistakes. So learn from others”

Submitted by Akosua Asare, CEO and Founder of Essence Luxe Couture:

Reminds me to quickly learn form my mistakes, and be attentive to the lessons from others mistakes.

It helps me to never repeat the same mistakes again.

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Hard Work Quotes: 40 Sayings To Strengthen Your Work Ethic

wise quotes about working hard

Hard work is the most important key to success. Without being willing to work hard and put everything into a venture, business success is nearly impossible.

No matter what industry you work in, hard work and team spirit is the recipe for a burgeoning and successful business. However, as every business owner, manager and entrepreneur will tell you, some days are significantly more productive than others.

Are you or your team in a slump and in need of a boost? Share a few of the following famous hard work quotes designed to inspire yourself and your team.



Famous Hard Work Quotes

16 Quotes to Drive Business Success


No inspiring business leader got to where they are without a willingness to work hard and put everything into their business. The following rousing leaders, entrepreneurs and business maestros sum up the importance of working hard.

  • Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it. ~ Henry Ford, American industrialist and founder of Ford Motor Co.
  • A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work. ~ Colin Powell, former U.S. Defense Secretary
  • I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. ~ Thomas Jefferson, former President of the United States
  • No matter how hard you work, someone else is working harder. ~ Elon Musk, entrepreneur
  • Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard. ~ Tim Notke, basketball coach
  • Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. ~ Mahatma Gandhi, Indian activist
  • 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, businesswoman and author
  • Men die of boredom, psychological conflict and disease. They do not die of hard work. ~ David Ogilvy, advertising business tycoon
  • The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. ~ Vidal Sassoon, hairdressing business tycoon

Inaction Brings Doubt and Fear…

  • 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, American business icon
  • Work hard, have fun, make history. ~ Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder
  • I never took a day off in my 20s. Not one. ~ Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder
  • I’ve read something that Bill Gates said about six months ago. He said, ‘I worked really, really hard in my 20s.’ And I know what he means because I worked really, really hard in my 20s too. Literally, you know, 7 days a week, a lot of hours every day. And it actually is a wonderful thing to do, because you can get a lot done. But you can’t do it forever, and you don’t want to do it forever, and you have to come up with ways of figuring out what the most important things are and working with other people even more. ~ Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder
  • There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. ~ Colin Powell, former U.S. Defense Secretary
  • Without labor, nothing prospers. ~ Sophocles, philosopher
  • There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time. ~ Coco Chanel, fashion icon

11 Motivational Hard Work Quotes as a Team


Working in teams increases collaboration. And the sharing of ideas and can go a long way in giving teams a productivity boost. However, with multiple individuals comprising the team, it is important to keep them all motivated. This ensures there are no weak points in group efforts. If you or your team need a little motivation, check out the following famous hard work quotes surrounding teamwork.

  • The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. ~ Vince Lombardi, Hall of Fame coach
  • Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. ~ Andrew Carnegie, business magnate and philanthropist
  • Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers. ~ Pat Riley, basketball coach
  • The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison. ~ J.C. Penney, retail magnate
  • In the end, all business operation can be reduced to three words: people, products, and profits. Unless you’ve got a good team, you can’t do much with the other two. ~ Lee Iacocca, President, CEO of Chrysler

The Way a Team Plays as a Whole Determines Its Success…

  • The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime. ~ Babe Ruth, baseball legend
  • Success is best when it’s shared. ~ Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks
  • Great companies are built in the office, with hard work put in by a team. ~ Emily Chang, journalist and executive producer
  • If you love your work, you’ll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can, and pretty soon everybody around will catch the passion from you – like a fever. ~ Sam Walton, founder of Walmart
  • Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. ~ Henry Ford, American industrialist

12 Famous Hard Work Quotes for Business Success


Success doesn’t happen overnight. And the most successful individuals are those who are willing to put in a productive day’s work before they even receive success. If you’re struggling to motivate your team, alert them to the following famous hard work quotes about business success.

  • I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright, architect and writer
  • Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. ~ Oprah Winfrey, media mogul
  • What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose. ~ Margaret Thatcher, former UK Prime Minister
  • 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, educator and presidential advisor
  • 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, television journalist and author

Would You Like Me to Give You a Formula for Success?…

  • Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success. ~ Thomas J. Watson, CEO of IBM
  • The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action. ~ Alexander Graham Bell, Inventor
  • Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is hard work. ~ Stephen King, American author
  • If you are willing to work hard and ask lots of questions, you can learn business pretty fast. ~ Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder
  • Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. ~ Ray Kroc, American fast food tycoon
  • The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense. ~ Thomas Edison, inventor
  • It’s not about money or connection — it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone. ~ Mark Cuban, American investor

10 Motivational Quotes for Perseverance and Determination


It is often possible to motivate a team with a rousing pep talk or some inspirational words. It pulls them together to persevere with their tasks. However, there are other times when individuals on the team need a more tailored approach. Either way, use these famous hard work quotes to inspire unrelenting determination in your team members. It will make them stronger than the sum of their parts.

  • 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, business magnate and philanthropist
  • If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time. ~ Steve Jobs, co-Founder of Apple Inc.
  • Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. ~ Pele, Brazilian soccer player
  • Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston S. Churchill, former British Prime Minister
  • The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. ~ Bruce Lee, martial artist and movie star

Success Seems to be Connected with Action…

  • Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. ~ Conrad Hilton, hotelier and business magnate
  • I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come indirectly through accident, except the phonograph. No, when I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go about it, and make trial after trial until it comes. ~ Thomas Edison, inventor and businessman
  • Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down. ~ Charles F. Kettering, auto industry magnate
  • Entrepreneurship is a great leveler. The wonderful thing is that money is not the sole currency when it comes to starting a business; drive, determination, passion and hard work are all free and more valuable than a pot of cash. ~ Richard Branson, Serial entrepreneur
  • I’m against retiring. The thing that keeps a man alive is having something to do. ~ Colonel Sanders, KFC founder
  • Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come. ~ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, former wrestler and actor

11 Famous Hard Work Quotes About Rewards


One of the best sources of motivation in the business world is the reward earned. Below are many inspirational quotes from successful individuals that focus on all the good things that can be achieved through hard work and effective cooperation within a team.

  • Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity. ~ Calvin Coolidge, former President of the United States
  • A lot of hard work is hidden behind nice things. ~ Ralph Lauren, fashion designer and business executive
  • I do not 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, Former UK Prime Minister

Sticking to Good Habits Can Be Hard Work…

  • 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, author and clinical social worker
  • For every two minutes of glamour, there are eight hours of hard work. ~ Jessica Savitch, television news presenter and correspondent
  • I’ve learned that anything in life worth having comes from patience and hard work. ~ Greg Behrendt, comedian and author
  • I learned the value of hard work by working hard. ~ Margaret Mead, author and cultural anthropologist
  • It takes a lot of unspectacular preparation to have spectacular results in both business and football. ~ Roger Staubach, former NFL quarterback and US Navy officer
  • I work hard because I love my work. ~ Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder
  • Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs. ~ Malcolm Forbes, entrepreneur and Forbes magazine publisher
  • Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice. ~ Henry Ford, American industrialist

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wise quotes about working hard

For as long as we can remember, most of us have been bombarded with messages about what makes successful individuals.

Teachers, parents and politicians tell us that we need to invest in ourselves, have confidence and faith, and most important, we need to work hard.

Unfortunately, being able to give our best effort every day is tough.

Life struggles may get in the way of our goals, and it becomes relatively easy to lose momentum when we needed it most. For this reason, it can be both therapeutic and inspirational to consult the advice of other people who have come before you and dealt with the same hardships.

The quotes we will explore below can help you to understand the importance of hard work as a value and how it can bring you both happiness and success if you manage to keep it up.

Here are 20 Quotes About Hard Work When You Need Motivation

Hard Work and Success

Ask any highly successful person, and they will always tell you that hard work was a major contributing factor in their life.

Although hard work does not guarantee success, you will be hard pressed to find someone who has reached their goals without first putting in the necessary effort.

Whether you want to become an athlete a CEO or a philanthropist, if you wish to do something that the average person won’t do, you need to work harder than the average person is willing to work.

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

“To achieve what 1% of the world’s population has, you must be willing to do what only 1% dares to do.” – Manoj Arora

“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

“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life — and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

Hard work and happiness

We often think that happiness is associated with relaxation and the freedom not to do things we don’t want to do.

The reality is that this isn’t how our nervous system is wired. When we work hard and push through our physical and psychological barriers, our body rewards us with the neurochemicals that feel like the experience of being happy.

Depression is associated with a reduction in energy and activity, while hard work often provides us with feelings of well-being and accomplishment.

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” – Barack Obama

“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

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King

“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

Hard work as a value

Working hard is not just something you do, it’s something you embody on the inside and out.

By embedding this attitude of effort deeply in your psyche, you will be able to avoid rumination and make the mental shortcuts that lead you towards activity and efficiency.

Not everyone is taught the value of hard work as a child, but everyone has the potential to educate themselves as to its potential once they are an adult, and that’s actually what you’ll get by reading and reflecting on these quotes regularly.

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” – Thomas A. Edison

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Muses are too unreliable to keep on the payroll.” – Helen Hanson

“Leadership is more than just being able to cross the t’s and dot the i’s. It’s about character and integrity and work ethic.” – Steven Largent

“Developing a good work ethic is 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

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

“This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” – Alan Watts

“What you don’t sweat out when you’re young will turn into tears when you’re old.” – Japanese Proverb

“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

— Benjamin Fishel

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Work Hard Quotes

wise quotes about working hard

It’s no secret that working hard seems to be the deciding factor between those with talent who fail, and others who put that talent to work and excel.

As the saying goes:

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”

Often times, though, we fail to pursue our goals and dreams because of the fear that we aren’t naturally talented enough. We fear that we don’t have that innate ability or cannot simply teach ourselves to master a specific skill.

Thankfully, this idea is false. In fact, more and more research is available that actually proves the opposite is true.

Success is more a combination of how hard one is willing to work or practice than the god given talents we are born with.  What’s also common is that we see this in a variety of industries from the business world to professional sports.

Malcolm Gladwell, in the novel “Outliers”, talks about the 10,000 hour rule and highlights how focusing on perfecting ones craft—through intense practice— is the biggest contributor to that persons success. In essence, hard working individuals with less talent can make up for it with approx. 10,000 hours of focused practice. And the greatest part about that is that it’s applicable in any industry.

In the case of Bill Gates, it was the ability to have access to a computer and log 10,000 hours of programming time. For The Beatles, it was playing 1200 1hr live shows to smaller audiences that would prepare them for stadium concerts and super stardom. Both are examples of very talented individuals. But the common theme is taking that talent and supporting it with a fierce and committed work ethic. And there are many more examples out there.

Whether you’re struggling to get started, or motivating yourself to keep going, this list will help you change that.

Below, are 40 of the most inspiring quotes about overcoming setbacks, and the value of a strong work ethic.  We hope these inspire you to achieve what once may have seemed impossible.

40 Inspiring Quotes For Those Who Work Hard 

1) “Good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up.” – Unknown

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2) “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King

 

3) “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” –  Babe Ruth

 

4) “The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!” – Marvin Phillips

 

5) “I learned the value of hard work by working hard.” – Margaret Mead

 

6) “Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” – Arnold Palmer

 

7) “Nothing worth having comes easy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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8) “Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.”  – Ann Landers

 

9) “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

 

10) “Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers. “ – Anonymous

 

11) “The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything.” –  Vince Lombardi

 

12) “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” – Thomas Jefferson

 

13) “All roads that lead to success have to pass through hard work boulevard at some point.” – Eric Thomas

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14) “Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.” – Mohandas Gandhi

 

15) “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda

 

16) “The trouble with opportunity is that it always comes disguised as hard work.” –  Anonymous

 

17) “Without labor nothing prospers.” – Sophocles

 

18) “All the so-called “secrets of success” will not work unless you do.”  – Unknown

 

19) “No shortcuts, work for it.” – Unknown

 

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20) “Working hard and working smart sometimes can be two different things.” – Byron Dorgan

21) “Working hard is great, being lazy sometimes is great, but failed potential is the worst.”  – Campbell Scott

 

22) “The world belongs to the energetic.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

23) “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

24) “The first and the best victory is to conquer self.” – Plato

 

25) “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

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26) “Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds‘ worth of distance run.” – Rudyard Kipling

 

27) “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

 

28) “You just don’t luck into things. You build them step by step, whether it’s friendships or opportunities.” – Barbara Bush

 

29) “The first one gets the oyster the second gets the shell.” – Andrew Carnegie

 

30) “Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.” –  James F. Byrnes

 

31) “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them” – Ann Landers

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32) “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson

 

33) “In a free society, every opportunity comes with three obligations. First, you must seize it. You must mold it into a work that brings value to others. Second, you must live it. Opportunity is nurtured only by action. Third, you must defend the freedom to pursue opportunities. You must embrace these three obligations as if the future of the United States depended on it. In fact, it does.” – Robert C. Goizueta

 

34) “Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.” – David Bly

 

35) “Nothing will work unless you do.” – John Wooden

 

36) “Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem a turned it into an opportunity.” – Joseph Sugarman

 

37) “Four things come not back: The spoken word, The sped arrow, The past life, The neglected opportunity.” – Arabian Proverb

 

38) “The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day.” – Wayne Gretzky

 

39) “A good idea is about ten percent and implementation and hard work, and luck is 90 percent.” – Guy Kawasaki

 

40) “Dreams don’t work unless you do” – John C. Maxwell

 

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