Working hard feels good. It helps you get closer to where you want to be quicker, and it helps you make more money and have more overall success. In fact, everyone who has success right now had to work hard to get it, and most of them are continuing to work hard.
I’ve heard many successful people say that they would rather work than go on vacation because it is so rewarding to them. While that may not seem like something you would say now, working hard is addictive, and it’s imperative to do if you want to have a better life and feel amazing about yourself. But, it’s not always easy. To get into the groove of working hard, you have to get motivated to do so.
As I was searching for these 15 hard work quotes, I got really inspired by them and the meaning behind them, and I’m sure you will too. Hard work should seem much more appealing and rewarding after reading these quotes. It should also feel like something that is going to energize you and make you feel alive and on track!
1. Three Key Factors To Motivate You To Work Hard
When it comes to working hard, Shay Carl Butler is a prime example. He knows what hard work is all about, which is why I could probably write a whole article with hard work quotes from him alone!
Shay started posting videos on YouTube in late 2008, worked very hard learning everything he could and implementing it in the beginning, and quickly came up with the idea of posting daily vlogs, which was an idea that worked for him for years. Daily vlogs means he worked every single day on filming and editing and interacting with his viewers.
Now, he’s worked his way up on YouTube as a popular personality who gets hundreds of thousands of views for each vlog he posts. He also started a business with some other YouTubers called Maker Studios, and in 2014, just 5 years after the launch in 2009, Walt Disney bought their company for a reported $500 million dollars. His hard work paid off!
Shay has always promoted hard work. And, the fire and passion he has always been evident. You can see it in every vlog he posts and all of his live events where he talks about what he does and teaches others to do the same. When it comes to his success, he has never held back on trying new ideas or working hard to make things work. He’s believed in himself enough to go forward and see what level of awesomeness he can reach next. And that’s what you need to do too!
Find the fire and passion inside of you. Find the reason why you want to work hard and achieve success. For Shay, a lot of it probably has to do with his wife and 5 kids, but for you, it may be a completely different reason. When you find it, hold onto it. Post your ‘why’ wherever you can see it and then let that ‘why’ ignite the fire and passion inside of you.
Then, believe in yourself. Have faith that you are going to be able to achieve the kind of success you want IF you work hard enough. That will motivate you to work, even if you are not getting a lot of initial rewards.
2. Choose The Most Rewarding Route
There are a lot of different routes you can take in life. You can choose to let your past define you and take the route you have always known. You can choose to take unethical routes to get to where you want to go. Or you can choose to work hard and see where that takes you (hint: it has proven to be the most rewarding path out there!).
Sean Combs, otherwise known as Puff Daddy, took the route of hard work. He hasn’t just been handed his success. If you look at his history, he has been working hard since the early 1990s and has had a ton of success because of it.
The point is that you have a ton of different ways you can go in your life, but if you want the kind of success and rewards in life that people like Sean Combs have, you have to work hard for it. You can’t choose to do nothing and expect to end up in a place of wealth. If you are unhappy, you can’t choose to stay on the path you are on and expect anything different than what you have been getting. You have to choose the most rewarding route, and that always comes from working hard and doing your best.
3. You Don’t Have To Be Smart To Be Successful
A lot of successful people have gone to college and have the degree and a brain full of information, and they never succeed like someone who works hard. That’s why hard work quotes, like this one, are so important. They clearly demonstrate that achieving goals is not all about intellect. In fact, many people believe that it is much more about hard work and having the willingness to do what it takes, no matter what it is going to take!
Jason Calacanis watched his father’s business go down the tubes and decided that he was never going to have that happen to him, and his hard work paid off, starting with the sale of Weblogs, Inc. for a reported $25-30 million. And, he’s still working hard today.
I have listened to many people who believe in hard work, and they all believe that the hardest worker can surpass the smartest person in any area of life. That’s because work creates results. The person who is willing to go the hardest and the longest is going to get more results than someone who is only willing to do the bare minimum.
Therefore, you don’t have to go in knowing what the right moves are and everything there is to know about what you are doing. You will learn a lot as you go, and because you are so in the game, you will have a pulse on what is happening and what kind of results your work gets, and you will know what the next move should be for yourself.
4. What Does Hard Work Look Like?
Elon Musk’s advice to people starting a company is to work hard in every waking hour. That’s what he did, and with a net worth of 10.7 billion dollars, it’s obvious that work paid off in a big way. He’s the founder of PayPal and SpaceX, and he has his hand in many different things.
In short, hard work requires sacrifice. You may not have to sacrifice what Elon Musk did, but you do have to sacrifice some time or energy or luxuries to get the results you want to get.
For instance, if you want to get the body of your dreams, then you have to sacrifice time out of your life spent doing leisure activities and start working out. You have to stop eating out at fast food joints and start eating healthier food. You may have to start cooking more, buying more food, and even buy some gym equipment. You may not be able to spend as much time with your loved ones because you have to put more time into working out.
While the word ‘sacrifice’ can seem harsh, if you are passionate about what you are doing and have a fire beneath your belly to succeed, then it won’t feel like a sacrifice. It will feel like something you need and want to do in order to get the results you want.
5. How To Be Better Than Other People
Even though Derek Jeter was a professional baseball player, this quote can be applied to anyone going after anything in life. If you want to be better than other people, you don’t need to try and tarnish their name or drag them down. You don’t need to be smarter, prettier, or come from a better background. You just need to work harder.
The truth is that 98% of the people out there are not willing to work hard. I’m not sure if that is an accurate percentage. It may be more like 99%, but it can’t be too much lower than 98%. Think about all the people that you meet who don’t want to put in a lot of time working hard and are more inclined to do things that don’t really matter in the long run. I guarantee you will have a hard time finding more than 1 out of 10 people who deserve the title of being a hard worker.
We have it so easy now that it doesn’t seem like we have to work hard. But, the people that separate themselves from the other 98% of people are the ones that work hard and go further than other people are willing to go.
6. Make Hard Work A Part Of You
Cristiano Ronaldo works hard. He trains and keeps his body in peak physical condition, and he’s not afraid to let other people know that he is strong and capable and working hard to be the best.
This is one of those hard work quotes that makes it very clear what separates hard workers from other people – it is just part of them. They are not only doing it because they want to achieve something. They don’t feel like it is a struggle every day. It is a part of who they are and it is their natural state to work as hard as possible.
Don’t despair if you don’t feel like your natural state is to work hard. You can make it your natural state. It’s all about habits. The way you approach your day and your life is habitual. If you sit on the couch all day, then that is a habit. You may feel like that is who you are, but it is just a habit that you have gotten used to that is hard to break. Once you start working hard, it will become a habit to work hard. It will feel natural to do what you have to do and to push yourself, and you will just feel like it is a part of who you are.
It’s important to note that it will be hard in the beginning. You will have to work hard at working hard! Building any new habit, especially one that requires a lot of effort from you, is going to be hard. But, once you have built it, your life will be changed for the better, and maintaining the habit of hard work will be much easier than it was in the beginning.
7. It’s Not About One Big Day
When Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul works out, he works hard. Why? Because he knows that it’s not about game day. That’s not the day he needs to focus on. He needs to focus on every day up until game day making sure that he is as strong as he can be to have the kind of success he wants on that one day. That’s a great lesson to take home about hard work.
You are going to have a few days where you get a lot of payoff. You may win a game. You may have some sort of advancement in whatever you are doing. You may have an obvious success. But, what led to those days are all the days that you put in hard work before them. They are just as, if not more, important.
8. You Can’t Wish Things Into Reality
This is something that a lot of law of attraction students get confused about. You can’t wish something into your life like magic. You can’t want the car, think about it, pretend to drive it, and then expect it to show up in your driveway. You have to earn the car in some way, which means you have to work! And, the nicer the car, the harder you are going to have work.
This is reality and we need to accept that. Even though it would be nice, the law of attraction is not about wishing and looking at vision boards alone. It’s about getting clear on your intentions, getting focused so that you can see opportunities, and then doing some hard work to get what you want.
Remember this quote the next time you want something really bad, but don’t know how to get it. There is only one way – hard work. Change is hard, and attracting the things that you want into your life doesn’t happen without change. If you are not willing to do the work, then your reality is not going to bring in any new things that you desire.
9. Hard Work Makes The World Go Around
Even though we established that most people don’t work hard, there are still some people out there plugging away and doing things to not only make their life more successful, but the world more successful too. In fact, most jobs contribute to the world in some way, so the people that work hard are contributing the most.
Have you ever heard the expression, ‘It’s hard work, but somebody has to do it!’ That’s the truest expression ever. If nobody did the hard work, then our world wouldn’t progress. You wouldn’t have food on your table. You wouldn’t have a phone in your pocket that goes anywhere. And, the world would be a little – if not a lot – more chaotic.
This is one of those hard work quotes to remember if you really want to make a difference. If you want to grow more than weeds in this world, you have to work hard.
10. How To Demolish Your Complaints In Life
This is another quote from a YouTuber, Andrew Quo. I hope it’s clear that YouTubers have to work hard for their money and have a good work ethic that helps them maintain their reputation, which means they understand hard work at the deepest level.
If you are complaining about anything, and you want to stop complaining, start working hard. Start working on changing that thing, have patience as you do it, and you will change it! This can be applied to any area of your life. Your relationships, health, home, and happiness can all be improved, but it’s going to take some work!
11. Don’t Try To Find A Substitute
It’s no surprise that a lot of hard work quotes come from exceptional athletes like Andre Agassi. In order to be the best, they have to work harder than everyone else who has just as much talent and passion as they do. They have to practice, grow stronger, and perfect their game in order to have the best shot at coming out ahead time and time again. And, as Andre said, there is no substitute for that work. They have to do it. It doesn’t matter how much talent, money or support they have, without the hard work, their abilities are not going to improve.
This doesn’t just apply to sports. You can’t substitute hard work for success in business, health, relationships, or happiness. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, how much support you have, how much love you have, how many successes you have – you have to continue to work hard in order to get back the results you want.
12. Hard Work Is Everyone’s Ticket In Life
It doesn’t matter what your life has been like up to this point, hard work is the ticket to a better life. If you are telling yourself excuses, such as ‘I have it hard’, ‘I grew up poor’, ‘people are holding me back’, ‘I made poor decisions’, ‘I’m stuck in life because [fill in with YOUR reason]’, or anything else, then you are denying yourself a better life. The only tool you need is hard work. If you can master that, then you can work your way into a better life regardless of where you have been and regardless of where you are now.
There are countless stories of people who have been poor, but became rich because of hard work. Ralph Lauren, Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling, and Hilary Swank are all examples of what hard work can do to bring you from a state of lack to a state of abundance. However, it’s not just about money. People have pulled themselves out of bad reputations with hard work. People have pulled themselves out of poor health situations with bad work. People have saved relationships and literally turned their whole life around with hard work! You can too.
13. Luck Has Nothing To Do With It
Some people win the lottery. Some people stumble into the right place at the right time. But, any kind of long term success is created by hard work.
In other words, most of those people that consistently get the lucky breaks are probably putting in the work to get them. They are doing what needs to be done to set themselves up with the right people and be in places at the right time in order to get the opportunities that they want. Just because it doesn’t look like they are sweating bullets in their life doesn’t mean they aren’t getting up and doing what needs to be done.
I believe that luck is made. Even with a lottery ticket, you have to get up and buy the ticket to win. A person who doesn’t put in that work will not win. Considering the chances of winning the lottery are small, and it is a game of chance, it is much better to put work into things where you can get a lucky break, like find an amazing client who appreciates you, or meet an amazing person who may just work out as a long-term partner, or get that amazing offer from someone for your dream job.
For instance, if you want your dream job, you can hope to stumble upon it one day, or you can start attending events where people who may hire you are going to be at. You can learn all there is about your dream job so that you are knowledgeable and able to articulate points that will make you an attractive hire. You can go out for interviews and practice putting yourself out there for rejection. Eventually, with some hard work, you are going to get lucky and find your opportunity!
14. Stop Telling People How Hard They Work Or Don’t Work
A lot of people thought Kevin Hart was an overnight success. But he put in the work for a long time before he was actually noticed as he is now.
Actors are some of the hardest workers around, even though it seems like their job is fun and the rewards are great. They have to go to countless auditions, perfect their craft, and tweak themselves to be a match to whatever role they are putting themselves into. They have to study their roles and learn the history of their character. They have to show up every day and do their part in the movie or show. They have to make movie after movie until they finally get a break and get noticed for the talented person they are so that they can get bigger and better roles. And when they do become a big star, they have to deal with the hounding of the paparazzi and fans and not ever get to go out like we do on a day to day basis. In short, there is a lot of hard work that goes into gaining and maintaining popularity and doing their job, even though it may not seem like it from our point of view.
If you see someone who is successful, it’s best just to assume that they have put in the hard work, despite what it looks like from your viewpoint. Stop putting down people for ‘lucking out’ or making it because of someone else or having enough money to have the success they want.
For instance, a lot of people think Oprah was supported by her staff. As if she didn’t put in the work. The fact is that Oprah is known for working from sun up to sun down when she was doing the Oprah Winfrey show. Even after she gained popularity and had a ton of money in the bank, she still worked her butt off to continue the success that she was having. She worked harder than most people do in their lifetime to get the success she has, so acknowledge her and people like her for that. And, better yet, learn from them! Follow in their footsteps so that you can have the success that they have.
15. People Appreciate And Look Up To Hard Workers
If you want to gain respect from the people around you, then work hard. There is no one I respect more than someone who can work hard; in fact, each one of the above hard work quotes is from someone that I respect and look up to in some way.
I find that people who work hard are strong and worthy of appreciation and admiration. They are going above and beyond what they have to do in life, and that is something to admire!
Lazy people, on the other hand, don’t earn my respect as easily. Even though I try not to judge, I find myself shaking my head at someone who is not willing to get up and go after the life they want. I find myself sad for people who waste their life away doing nothing and never putting in the work towards their dreams and goals in life. I find myself losing respect for them as they complain, make excuses, and – especially, blame other people for their life. And, I know I’m not the only one out there!
Think about the people who you look up to most. Why? Is it because they complain? Is it because they freeload or sit around all day or take from others? I would assume that it is because they work hard in one way or the other. They work hard to take care of you, create the life they want, get what they want, or make a difference. They work through their obstacles and issues, and that is something to respect.