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Each of us is working toward some objective. Setting objectives is simple, but carrying them out requires effort. If you really want something, you'll find a way to obtain it. But there are moments when your motivation starts to wane. Don't get demotivated and walk away. Instead, let these wise words from people who lived in different eras and regions of this planet serve as your source of inspiration and motivation.

Use the advice of those who have come before us to inspire and maintain your focus. Take advice from others who have traveled a similar route as you and benefit from their experiences. We bring to you 70 quotes to inspire and motivate you about hard work that will help you reach your goals.

The power of determination: hard work quotes for overcoming adversity

1. When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work. - George Bernard Shaw

2. If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard; you'll be hard to beat. - Herschel Walker

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

4. Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. - Helen Hanson

5. Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine. - Jack Ma

6. We live in the kind of society where, in almost all cases, hard work is rewarded. - Neil deGrasse Tyson

7. Be humble. Bu hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room. - Dwayne Johnson

8. If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes. - Andrew Carnegie

9. The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph! - Marvin Phillips

10. It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb. Continue to seek new goals. - Pat Summitt

11. If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all. - Michelangelo

12. A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at. - Bruce Lee

13. If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. - Albert Einstein

14. To succeed, work hard, never give up and above all, cherish a magnificent obsession. - Walt Disney

15. Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them. - Ann Landers

16. When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. - Confucius

17. I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. - Thomas Jefferson

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

19. Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles. - Steve Jobs

20. 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

21. I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. - Muhammad Ali

22. 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

23. There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance. - Cesar Chavez

24. Work hard in silence; let success make the noise. - Frank Ocean

25. 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

26. Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose. - G.K. Nielson

27. All roads that lead to success have to pass through hard work boulevard at some point. - Eric Thomas

28. 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

29. Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal. - Earl Nightingale

30. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. - Colin Powell

31. Any unforeseen challenges that crop up are only there to test your resolve on your way to ultimate success in reaching your goal. - Byron Pulsifer

32. 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

33. One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals. - Michael Korda

34. It’s not about money or connections – it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone. - Mark Cuban

35. Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. - Peter Drucker

36. Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. - Newt Gingrich

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

38. Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top. - Paul Coffey

39. Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground. - Theodore Roosevelt

40. A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work. - John Lubbock

41. It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. - Babe Ruth

42. Make each day your masterpiece. - John Wooden

43. A lot of hard work is hidden behind nice things. - Ralph Lauren

44. With hard work and effort, you can achieve anything. - Antoine Griezmann

45. Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement. - Brian Tracy

46. You can always find a solution if you try hard enough. - Lori Greiner

47. A goal without a timeline is just a dream. - Robert Herjavec

48. A goal properly set is halfway reached. - Zig Ziglar

49. Nothing worth having comes easy. - Theodore Roosevelt

50. To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks. - Bill Gates

51. Power means happiness; power means hard work and sacrifice. - Beyonce Knowles

52. If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you. - Les Brown

53. The place between your comfort zone and your dream is where life takes place. - Helen Keller

54. Winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try. - Dennis DeYoung

55. Believe in yourself, work hard, work smart and passionately present your best self to the world. - Hill Harper

56. A sign of a hard worker is one who works without complaint. - Sarah Price

57. Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard. - Serena Williams

58. Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted. - David Bly

59.If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it. - Elon Musk

60. It’s important to set your own goals and work hard to achieve them. - Yuichiro Miura

61. One part at a time, one day at a time, we can accomplish any goal we set for ourselves. - Karen Casey

62. 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

63. Life without endeavor is like entering a jewel mine and coming out with empty hands. - Japanese Proverb

64. If a goal is worth having, it’s worth blocking out the time in your day-to-day life necessary to achieve it. - Jill Koenig

65. Life is like art. You have to work hard to keep it simple and still have meaning. - Charles de Lint

66. Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

67. Luck is great, but most of life is hard work. - Iain Duncan Smith

68. I work very hard, and I play very hard. I'm grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the lover of it. I live it. - Maya Angelou

69. In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed. - Sid Caeser

70. 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

Key takeaways

Hard work is a universal concept that has been celebrated and revered throughout history. These 70 quotes about hard work provide a glimpse into the minds of some of the greatest leaders, thinkers, and entrepreneurs who have ever lived, and serve as a source of inspiration and motivation.

Whether you are seeking to achieve personal or professional goals, these quotes remind us that success is not achieved overnight, but rather through a combination of hard work, determination, and perseverance. So, embrace the journey, embrace the struggle, and keep these quotes close at hand as you pursue your dreams. With hard work, anything is possible.

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