Work inspiration

21 quotes about hard work to inspire and motivate you when the day feels like a grind

- February 25, 2022 3 MIN READ
Plato quote: “The harder you work, the luckier you get”

There is a lot of hard work involved in creating a successful business and that goes double for the brave ones – the soloists. If you need some inspiration to keep up the good work even on the hard days, these quotes about hard work will do the trick!

Malcolm Forbes quote: "Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs."

1. Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.

~ Ray Kroc, McDonalds’ CEO

2. 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

3. Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard.

~ Tim Notke, basketball coach

4. 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

Winston Churchill quote: "Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts."

5. It’s not about money or connection — it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone.

~ Mark Cuban, Investor

6. In the end, all business operations 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

7. Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

~ Henry Ford, American industrialist

8. The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.

~ Alexander Graham Bell, Inventor

Mark Cuban quote: "It’s not about money or connection — it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone."

9. Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.

~ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, former WWE wrestler and actor

10. 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

11. Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is hard work.

~ Stephen King, best selling author

12. If you are willing to work hard and ask lots of questions, you can learn business pretty fast.

~ Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder

Vidal Sassoon quote: "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary."

13. The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense.

~ Thomas Edison, inventor

14. If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.

~ Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc.

15. Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.

~ Oprah Winfrey, Media Magnate

16. Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.

~ Winston S. Churchill, former British Prime Minister

17. Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.

~ Malcolm Forbes, entrepreneur and Forbes magazine founder

Steve Jobs quote: "If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time."

18. No matter how hard you work, someone else is working harder.

~ Elon Musk, entrepreneur

19. Entrepreneurship is a great leveller. 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, entrepreneur

20. I’ve learned that anything in life worth having comes from patience and hard work.

~ Greg Behrendt, comedian

21. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.

~ Vidal Sassoon, hairdressing business tycoon


This post originally appeared on Kochie’s Business Builders, read the original here.

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