50 Hard Worker Quotes to Help You Achieve Career Success

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published 20 April 2022

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Working hard can help individuals in the workforce develop their skills, maintain their motivation levels and achieve their goals. Successful people are often so because of their work ethic, which typically includes a dedication to their role and having a positive attitude towards hard work. Reading successful people's thoughts about hard work can inspire you as you aim to achieve your own success. In this article, we share 50 quotes about hard work that you can use to motivate you and help you establish a strong work ethic.

Related: How to Find the Motivation to Work Hard

50 hard worker quotes

Below, you can find a list of some of the best hard worker quotes:

1. 'With hard work and effort, you can achieve anything.'—Antoine Griezmann

2. ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.'—Tim Notke

3. ‘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

4. ‘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

5. ‘To succeed, work hard, never give up and above all, cherish a magnificent obsession.'—Walt Disney

6. ‘Success isn't always about greatness. It's about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.'—Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

7. ‘Hard work is an essential element in tracking down and perfecting a strategy or in executing it.'—Charlie Munger

8. ‘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

9. ‘Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.'—G.K. Neilson

10. ‘If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.'—Jim Rohn

11. ‘Hard work compounds like interest, and the earlier you do it, the more time you have for the benefits to pay off.'—Sam Altman

12. ‘Visualisation works if you work hard. That's the thing. You can't just visualise and go eat a sandwich.'—Jim Carrey

13. ‘My success was due to good luck, hard work, and support and advice from friends and mentors. But most importantly, it depended on me to keep trying after I had failed.'—Mark Warner

14. ‘I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.'—Frank Lloyd Wright

15. ‘If you work hard enough and assert yourself and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.'—Malcolm Gladwell

16. ‘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

17. ‘Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.'—Peter F. Drucker

18. ‘If you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like or who you love.'—Barack Obama

19. ‘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

20. ‘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 Hart

21. ‘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

22. ‘Be prepared, work hard, and hope for a little luck. Recognize that the harder you work and the better prepared you are, the more luck you might have.'—Ed Bradley

23. ‘People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.'—Frederick Douglass

24. ‘The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.'—Thomas Edison

25. ‘A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.'—Colin Powell

26. ‘Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.'—Stephen King

27. ‘Dreams can come true, but there is a secret. They're realised through the magic of persistence, determination, commitment, passion, practise, focus and hard work. They happen a step at a time, manifested over years, not weeks.'—Elbert Hubbard

28. ‘I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.'—Thomas Jefferson

29. ‘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

30. ‘No matter how hard you work, someone else is working harder'—Elon Musk

31. ‘Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.'—Maya Angelou

32. ‘Sometimes, you have 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

33. ‘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

34. ‘The only thing standing between you and outrageous success is continuous progress.'—Dan Waldschmidt

35. ‘It's not about money or connections – it's the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone.'—Mark Cuban

36. ‘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

37. ‘'People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.'—George Bernard Shaw

38. ‘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

39. ‘The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination.'—Tommy Lasorda

40. ‘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, realise it is play.'—Alan Watts

41. ‘If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.'—Steve Jobs

42. ‘The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.'—Muhammad Ali

43. ‘Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.'—Thomas Edison

44. ‘You can't get 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

46. ‘I never viewed myself as particularly talented. Where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy is sleeping, I'm working.'—Will Smith

47. ‘I think the thing about that was I was always willing to work; I was not the fastest or biggest player but I was determined to be the best football player I could be on the football field and I think I was able to accomplish that through hard work.'—Jerry Rice

48. ‘Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.'—William A. Ward

49. ‘Doing anything big and bold in life is hard work, and learning to persist (try, fail, learn, try again, etc.) is fundamental to any entrepreneur's success.'—Peter Diamandis

50. 'Work and you'll get what you need; work harder and you'll get what you want.'—Prabakaran Thirumalai

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