50 Hard work quotes from visionaries who dared to dream

If today you're thinking about giving up on your goals, don't. You've got a long way to go to get that pot of gold!

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What do all successful people have in common? No, it’s not talent (it’s highly overrated). 

Price of success is work ethic, discipline and hard work.  You would say, well that’s common sense! Turns out, it isn’t that common. The value of hard work is highly underrated.

We don’t want you to find this out the hard way. Hence, this space will house the best inspirations: hard work quotes, hustle quotes and more


Secret to success

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People often ask me if I know the secret of success and if I could tell others how to make their dreams come true. My answer is, you do it by working.”

You’re the only one who knows every inch of your goal. So get up and start working towards it!

Walt Disney was a train buff!

Prioritize time

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There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time!”

Success tip – look back! See how far you’ve come since you’ve started and what’s been helping you so far!

She introduced pants for women.

Genius is this

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“Genius is seldom recognized for what it is: a great capacity for hard work.”

Note down your favorite icons and see what’s the one thing they swear by!

Henry Ford was also friends with Edison. Birds of a feather we say!

Don't give up

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Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.”

Reward yourself for every goal achieved.

Elon Musk was the inspiration behind Iron Man.

Will to work

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The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.

List your goals on a piece of paper and start working towards them immediately without procrastinating.

Oprah is the first and only female black billionaire ever!

Simple is hard

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“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

Keep trying! You never know when that ‘one more time’ becomes ‘This is it’.

He almost became a Buddhist monk!

Do it today

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“Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.”

Stay on as much as you possibly can to get the job done. Give your 100% and then a little extra to get where you want to be,  just a little faster! 

He was nicknamed ‘Honest Abe’.

Close to top

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“I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it will get you pretty near.”

Shed your tears. Just make sure when you’re done, you keep walking.

Her policies are dubbed as Thatcherism.

Hard work luck

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“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

Hard work is key peeps! Identify your priorities!

He was a wine aficionado.

It's no accident

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“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.”

Love is the secret ingredient! So water your love and it’ll drive your passion for success!

Pele’s the only player to have won three World Cups.

Never give up

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“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”

Identify what you’re doing right and do them some more. What you’re doing wrong however, find some new mistakes to make!

He didn’t retire as a New York Yankee.

Work in progress

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Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.”

Consume content that teaches you to better your skill even when you’re not actively pursuing your skill! 

Michael Jordan was the first athlete to have become a billionaire.

Don't be a tragedy

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“Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.”

As much as you’d like to stay in bed for another hour, get up and get going. There’s work to be done!

By the time Robert Half passed away, he had more than 150 offices in the United States.

Get busy

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“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.”

Plan out the things to do and the people to see. That’s the only way we break those patterns of rumination!

He originally spelt it as Carnegey.

Plan to execute

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“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.”

Here’s our tip that makes hard work easier – start journaling. It eases the pressure and puts your priorities in sight!

Peter hated facts.

Difficult is worthy

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“Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy.”

Spend time with the people who are on your team. A little motivation goes a long way!

He has read every single Harry Potter book.

Aim well

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“If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance – then anything can be achieved.”

Carve out some time daily to read.

Kalam had started out selling newspapers to support his family.

Learn from failure

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“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

Map out your failures and see if they have anything in common.

He was the first black person to ever hold the position of Secretary of State.

Recipe to succeed

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

Set out tangible and achievable goals, be it a personal or professional one. Check back in a week!

Stephen King bought the car that had once hit him.

No shortcuts

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There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

 If a place is worth going to, it’s worth reaching it as well. So just keep going!

She started singing on the radio when she was as young as three.

Get started

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“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

One step forward is better than all the castles in the air! Identify your obstacles and jump in with both feet.

He was a steamboat pilot.

Will over skill

"The will must be stronger than the skill." - Muhammad Ali
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“The will must be stronger than the skill.”

Identify your weaknesses and keep working on them! It’s the only way to jump those obstacles!

He once starred in a Broadway musical.

Don't sacrifice

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To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

Break up your tasks and goals into smaller tasks and goals!

Steve was Nike’s first signed athlete.

Against all odds

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Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.”

We recommend anticipating and preparing for any obstacles that might come along, so you’re always prepared for the emergencies! 

He once advised Richard Nixon on ending the Vietnam War.

Toughen up

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When you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you.”

Don’t wait for someone else to tell you what you’re doing wrong. Seek it out and fix it. Take out time for introspection today!

He was born in the same town as Michael Jackson.


"There is no substitute for hard work." - Thomas Edison
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“There is no substitute for hard work.”

Take a break for a breakthrough!

He had nicknamed his first two kids Dot and Dash.

Unbalance it

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There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.”

Ignore the naysayers! You got this!

Botton is a prolific writer in English but is Swiss born.

Let it begin

“Hard work doesn't start during the game. Hard work starts the night before.” - Ken Griffey Jr.
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“Hard work doesn’t start during the game. Hard work starts the night before.”

Follow the no-leisure-before-output rule. We know it’s not fun, but hey, you live for your dream, doncha?

He and his father Griffey Sr. are the first (and the only) father son duo to homer in the same game.


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“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.”

We recommend switching up a routine just in case you’re bored with it!

 He was nicknamed ‘Fifi’!

Say NO to NO

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No struggle, no progress, no success.”

Make a growth chart – map out your areas that are a little stunted and figure out how to go about boosting them.

He often throws birthday parties for his dogs.

A desireable world

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” If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.”

Imagine the change you want and work towards manifesting it.

His favourite mode of transportation is a bicycle.

It doesn't kill you

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Men die of boredom, psychological conflict and disease. They do not die of hard work.”

Always decide on a uniform! That way you’ll have less to worry about choosing a work outfit every day.

He used to be a Parisian chef.

Perfection executed

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Hard work is an essential element in tracking down and perfecting a strategy or in executing it.”

Spend some time on a little market research.

 He was originally studying to practice law.

Failure is motivation

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“I’m always afraid of failing. It’s a great motivation to work harder.”

In case things are gettin tough, remember why you started!

He was a contestant on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ just 7 weeks after a hip replacement surgery!

Keep hustling

"Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far." - Gary Vaynerchuk
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Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far.”

Forget about talent. If you don’t have a safety net when you’re jumping, you will run that much harder to perfect it.

He was originally from Belarus.

It's a lifestyle

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

Chalk out your plan for the next one week and stick to it!

He is one of the most widely quoted high school coaches ever!

Mastery isn't magic

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“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.”

Remember to set standards for the art you’ve spent years mastering!

He painted himself into the Sistine Chapel.

No easy way out

"Remember there is no success without hard work." - Sophocles
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“Remember there is no success without hard work.”

Reward yourself with stuff that you’re going to need. Maybe some cute stationery or tech accessories!

Sophocles wrote more than 120 plays in his life.

Keep moving

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“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk,  if you can’t walk then crawl, but keep moving forward.”

What are the things you have planned out for tomorrow? Try to finish off some of those tasks today itself!

He started college at 15.

No regrets

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Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”

Set quit times for yourself. If you can’t finish off a task in one shot in one time slot, try again at a later time!

George once overslept for a work outing which in turn helped him evade a steam engine accident.

Work harder

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“Do not whine. Do not complain. Work harder.”

Try something you have tried and failed at previously and work harder to get it done! 

Her photo was used in a Spring/Summer 2015 campaign of the luxury French brand Céline.

Keep at it

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

Chalk out a routine, no shortcuts on the way to success!

His Grandmother was a wrestling pioneer.

No excuses

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I do not believe in excuses. I believe in hard work as the prime solvent of life’s problems.”

Good health keeps you motivated to keep going and do some good work. So take care of yourself, physically and mentally!

His name is an aptronym.

Worthy hard work

"Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work." - Booker T. Washington
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“Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.”

Check your progress reports and see how you can do you better!

He was the first African American man to feature on a US postage stamp.

Be persistent

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“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”

No matter how tempting leaving work early sounds, don’t leave until you’re proud of the work you’ve done!

He likes to go inside the tortoise enclosure when he’s at the zoo.

A character essential

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“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.”

Find out what makes your people tick and figure out a way that makes working more productive and fun for all of you!

He was an Aries.

Lucky connection

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“I have had lots of luck in my career but there has also been a lot of hard work.”

Delegate, delegate and delegate some more, and trust that the people you’ve hired will help you achieve your dream.

Sharapova signed her first deal with Nike when she was only 11 years old.

Better yourself

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“Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.”

Wake up and identify the obstacles to your goal. Then list down how you’ll overcome them.

He’s written over 25 books.

Work away!

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“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.”

Even if you’ve achieved your goal and perfected your art, there’s no room for pausing when you’re on top! Keep going!

He’s the first President to have won a Nobel Peace Prize.

Anything is possible

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“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.”

Just keep going, there’s a long way to success!

The Super Bowl Trophy was named after Vince Lombardi.

Work for success

"I never dreamed about success. I worked for it." - Estée Lauder
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“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”

Pen down the things you have been successful at and find out what mantra worked out for you then!

Lauder was the only woman on Time magazine’s 1998 list of the 20 most influential business geniuses of the 20th century.

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