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200 Work Ethic Quotes to Inspire You to Do Better

3. “Ethics is not definable, is not implementable, because it is not conscious. It involves not only our thinking but also our feeling.” – Valdemar Setzer

4. “I never feared about my skills because I put in the work. Work ethic eliminates fear. So if you put forth the work, what are you fearing? You know what you’re capable of doing and what you’re not.” – Michael Jordan

5. “Choices and decisions must be supported by your passion, resolve, and a productive work ethic. If these meet opportunity, your success has finally come!” – Archibald Marwizi 

6. “The best way to learn is by doing. The only way to build a strong work ethic is getting your hands dirty.” – Alex Spanos

7. “At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure.” – Erin Cummings

8. “If you’ve got the confidence and the work ethic, you can make any dream come true.” – Bret Hart

9. “Do not worry about who gets the credit or praise of the work done. Continue work to give your best. Your reward may come unexpectedly.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

10. “Live by the creed that a strong work ethic, playing by the rules, and doing things the right way will bring about opportunities for success and, ultimately, happiness.” – Nick Saban 

11. “Keep working even when no one is watching.” – Alex Morgan

12. “Even though your time on the job is temporary, if you do a good enough job, your work there will last forever.” – Idowu Koyenikan

13. “There’s a lot that’s out of your control, but the one thing that you can control is your work ethic.” – Christen Press

14. “Your reputation and integrity are everything. Follow through on what you say you’re going to do. Your credibility can only be built over time, and it is built from the history of your words and actions.” – Maria Razumich-Zec

15. “You don’t get what you wish for. You get what you work for.” – Anonymous

16. “Everyone talks about age, but it’s not about age. It’s about work ethic. Winning never gets old.” – Lisa Leslie

17. “If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.” – Ben Hogan

18. “Today, I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice 

19. “You might well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself.” – Napoleon Hill

20. “You have to have a work ethic, and you have to be educated in what you’re doing. You have to take it seriously. It doesn’t mean that everything you do has to be serious, but you’ve got to have the tools.” – Jakob Dylan 

21. “Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.” – Tim Fargo

22. “Face your problems head-on. Do what you have to do to take care of it. Develop a good work ethic.” – George Chuvalo

23. “All roads that lead to success have to pass through hard work boulevard at some point.” –

24. “Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.” – Anonymous

25. “There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.” – Michael Phelps

26. “If you’re going to preach dedication, work ethic, , unselfishness, and being part of a team to accomplish a common goal, you have to live it. You can’t just talk about it.” – Chris Mullin

27. “What you do is what matters, not what you think, or say, or plan.” – Jason Fried

28. “Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.” – Mohandas Gandhi

29. “You can control two things—your work ethic and your attitude about anything.” – Ali Krieger

30. “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

31. “Confidence comes from discipline and training.” –

32. “If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” – Zig Ziglar

33. “Do it from the heart or not at all.” – Jeanette Winterson

34. “A lot of people in our generation like to make excuses about little things that really don’t hinder them from doing what they want to. It always comes down to the work ethic.” – Shaquem Griffin

35. “Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.” – Jack Dorsey

36. “The essence of professionalism is the focus upon the work and its demands, while we are doing it, to the exclusion of all else.” – Steven Pressfield

37. “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

38. “Good, better, best. Never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best.” – Tim Duncan

39. “Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for 22 minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after 30 seconds.” – Alan Schoenfeld 

40. “Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.” – Anonymous

41. “I never took the work less than serious. My work ethic is ingrained in me, but I’ve always had a sense of humor about myself.” – George Hamilton 

42. “I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow, things will work out in the end.” – Larry Bird

43. “Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.” – Malcolm Forbes

44. “Set realistic goals, keep re-evaluating, and be consistent.” – Venus Williams

45. “The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.” – John Ruskin

46. “Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate, and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” – Paulo Coelho

47. “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” –

48. “Change starts with you. When you step up, you invite others to step up too.” – Mandy Hale

49. “Everything yields to diligence.” – Thomas Jefferson

50. “Believe passionately in what you do, and never knowingly compromise your standards and values. Act like a true professional, aiming for true excellence, and the money will follow.” – David Maister

51. “Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.” – Margaret Thatcher

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

53. “I just feel like you should be able to have a respectful work environment because if you do, you’ll be your best self.” – Peggy Johnson

54. “Working hard becomes a habit, a serious kind of fun. You get self-satisfaction from pushing yourself to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off.” – Mary Lou Retton

55. “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. That is where they should be. Now, put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau

56. “There are only two options—make progress or make excuses.” – Tony Robbins

57. “We didn’t have a lot when I was growing up, and it’s the best thing that happened to me because I appreciate everything. I developed a strong work ethic, and I don’t take anything for granted.” – Sarah Jessica Parker

58. “Across professions, consistency is a direct product of work ethic.” – Harsha Bhogle

59. “Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.” –

60. “Work harder than you think you did yesterday.” – Alex Elle

61. “Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.” – Patrick Suskind

62. “Have a clear plan or strategy to translate your success philosophy into desired results. Adopt an effective work ethic, with a laser-focus and requisite execution strategies to produce results.” – Archibald Marwizi 

63. “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” – James N. Watkins

64. “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

65. “People don’t understand that when I grew up, I was never the most talented. I was never the biggest. I was never the fastest. I certainly was never the strongest. The only thing I had was my work ethic, and that’s been what has gotten me this far.” –

66. “You can work really hard in your job and make a living. You can work really hard on yourself and make a fortune. Love your life, and leave a legacy worth remembering.” – Dan Miller 

67. “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

68. “Work ethic is important because, unlike intelligence, athleticism, charisma, or any other natural attribute, it’s a choice.” – Mike Rowe

69. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

70. “Success isn’t overnight. It’s when every day, you get a little better than the day before. It all adds up.” –

71. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” – Fred DeVito

72. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn

73. “Empathic, emotionally intelligent work environments have a good track record of increasing creativity, improving problem-solving, and raising productivity.” – Daniel Goleman

74. “Professionalism is knowing how to do it, when to do it, and doing it.” – Frank Tyger

75. “There is no magic wand that can resolve our problems. The solution rests with our work and discipline.” – Jose Eduardo dos Santos

76. “Without hard work and discipline, it is difficult to be a top professional.” – Jahangir Khan

77. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

78. “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan

79. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up go to work.” – Stephen King

80. “Self-discipline is the ability to organize your behavior over time in the service of specific goals.” – Nathaniel Branden

81. “The first qualification for success, in my view, is a strong work ethic.” – Henry Ford II 

82. “Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” – Napoleon Hill

83. “I would rather risk wearing out than rusting out.” – Theodore Roosevelt

84. “Worry never accomplishes anything. When you have a problem, it is best to concentrate on the solution to that problem, not the problem itself.” – Thomas D. Willhite

85. “When I was young, I observed that 9 out of 10 things I did were failures. So I did 10 times more work.” – George Bernard Shaw

86. “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” – Kevin Durant

87. “All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” –

88. “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.” – Zig Ziglar

89. “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.” – Vince Lombardi

90. “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” – Ann Landers

91. “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 a punishment, and that’s the difference.” – Lou Holtz

92. “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

93. “Successful people build each other up. They motivate, inspire, and push each other. Unsuccessful people just hate, blame, and complain.” – Anonymous

94. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford

95. “Sometimes, there’s not a better way. Sometimes, there’s only the hard way.” – Mary Pearson

96. “What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do.” – Aristotle

97. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” – Steve Jobs

98. “A man is worked upon by what he works on. He may carve out his circumstances, but his circumstances will carve him out as well.” –

99. “Whenever I am in a difficult situation where there seems to be no way out, I think about all the times I have been in such situations and say to myself, ‘I did it before, so I can do it again.'” – Idowu Koyenikan

100. “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

101. “Once you bid farewell to discipline, you say goodbye to success.” – Alex Ferguson

102. “A good work ethic is not so much a concern for hard work but rather one for responsibility. There have been a great many men and women who have, in fact, used work or hustle or selfish ambition as an escape from real responsibility, an escape from purpose. In matters such as these, the hard work is just as dysfunctional as the sloth.” – Criss Jami

103. “It’s often been said that you learn more from losing than you do from winning. I think, if you’re wise, you learn from both. You learn a lot from a loss. You learn what is it that we’re not doing to get to where we want to go. It really gets your attention, and it really motivates the work ethic of your team when you’re not doing well.” – Morgan Wootten

104. “It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.” – Helen Keller

105. “To dream of success is to set a goal of where you want to be. To wake up, take action, and achieve it is what true success is all about.” – Idowu Koyenikan

106. “Trying hard and working hard is its own reward. It feeds the soul. It affirms your will and your power, and it radiates from you, lighting the way for all those who see you.” – Charles M. Blow

107. “There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you are interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you are committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” – Kenneth Blanchard

108. “The difference between try and triumph is just a little ‘umph!'” – Marvin Phillips

109. “The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.” – William Arthur Ward

110. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs

111. “You can map out a fight plan or a life plan, but when the action starts, it may not go the way you planned, and you’re down to your reflexes, that means your preparation. That’s where your roadwork shows. If you cheated on that in the dark of the morning, well, you’re going to get found out now, under the bright lights.” – Joe Frazier

112. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

113. “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

114. “Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” – Louisa May Alcott

115. “Take a limitation and turn it into an opportunity.” – Anonymous

116. “Set your goals high, and don’t stop ’till you get there.” – Bo Jackson

117. “Being a professional is doing the things you love to do on the days you don’t feel like doing them.” – Julius Erving

118. “I think certain types of processes don’t allow for any variation. If you have to be part of that process, all you can do is transform, or perhaps, distort yourself through that persistent repetition, and make that process a part of your own personality.” – Haruki Murakami

119. “A true leader is a person whose influence inspires people to do what is expected of them to do. You cease to be a leader when you manipulate with your egos instead of convincing by your inspirations.” – Israelmore Ayivor

120. “You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic.” – Stephen Hogan

121. “Your profession is only as noble as your attitude and intent towards it.” – Jonas Caino

122. “I believe that working with good people matters because then the work environment is good. If there is a sense of respect and belief among the people you work with, that is when good work is done.” – Ranbir Kapoor

123. “If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead you anywhere.” – Frank Clark

124. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

125. “It’s not what you do, but that kind of job you do that makes the difference.” –

126. “Working hard is great, being lazy sometimes is great, but failed potential is the worst.” – Campbell Scott 

127. “If a man is called a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'” – Martin Luther King Jr.

128. “There is never just one thing that leads to success for anyone. I feel it’s always a combination of passion, dedication, hard work, and being in the right place at the right time.” – Lauren Conrad 

129. “Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career.” – Ryan Freitas

130. “Ideas don’t work for people unwilling to do the work.” – Anonymous

131. “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others. It is the only means.” – Albert Einstein

132. “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” – Buddha

133. “There’s no magic formula for great company culture. The key is just to treat your staff how you would like to be treated.” – Richard Branson

134. “You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person. The seed is already there. A good teacher touches the seed, allowing it to wake up, to sprout, and to grow.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

135. “Blaze a trail that will help others begin their journey, and it will never be lonely at the top.” – Carlos Wallace

136. “A good work culture and work environment are very crucial in helping your employees to put their best foot forward.” – Pooja Agnihotri

137. “The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” – Steven Spielberg

138. “The best innovation comes from inclusive work environments that foster diverse ideas, nurture people with diverse talent and backgrounds, and create strong relationships with diverse communities.” – Mark Parker

139. “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey

140. “Any idiot can point out a problem. A leader is willing to do something about it! Leaders solve problems.” – Tony Robbins

141. “Our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant, and to face the challenge of change.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

142. “A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you than you see in yourself and helps bring it out of you.” – Bob Proctor

143. “I am inspired by the professionalism of others. I believe there is an obligation to strive for excellence in what one is asked to do. No pains are too great, no revisions too tedious, no matter how small the result. But I also believe that while humility should not be overdone, excellence should never be taken for granted. Otherwise, we stop reaching for it.” – Densey Clyne

144. “Leadership is more than just being able to cross the t’s and dot the i’s. It’s about character and integrity and work ethic.” – Steve Largent

145. “Professionalism is not about what work you do. It is about how well you do the work.” – Amit Kalantri

146. “I never viewed myself as particularly talented. Where I excel is a ridiculous, sickening work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping, I’m working.” –

147. “If you set a good example, you need not to worry about setting rules.” – Lee Iacocca

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

149. “You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That’s the mark of a true professional. Professionalism has nothing to do with getting paid for your services.” – Joe Paterno

150. “People who work in an environment where doing their best is recognized have a better chance of feeling good about their work.” – Marilyn Suttle

151. “Some say, if you want success, surround yourself with successful people. I say, if you want true and lasting success, surround yourself with people of integrity.” – Charles F. Glassman

152. “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Molière

153. “You will never plow a field if you only turn it over in your mind.” – Irish Proverb

154. “Every beautiful mind has great dreams, but rarely is anyone ever ready to work hard for their dreams.” – Terry Mark

155. “Hard work is an essential element in tracking down and perfecting a strategy or in executing it.” – Charlie Munger

156. “It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

157. “There are people who try to look as if they are doing a good and thorough job, and then there are the people who actually damn well do it, for its own sake.” – John D. MacDonald

158. “Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.” – Joseph Sugarman

159. “Work miracles by setting a good example. Others will catch your spirit! The power of a good example is the greatest miracle-working power of all.” – Wilferd Peterson

160. “Enjoy life, study hard, play hard, be kind to other people, set high standards, and don’t be afraid to say ‘No.'” – Nia Long

161. “A dream does not become reality through magic. It takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” – Colin Powell

162. “The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn’t prepared to work for.” – Habeeb Akande

163. “Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

164. “When you play, play hard. When you work, don’t play at all.” – Theodore Roosevelt

165. “Setting goals are the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins

166. “I’m a firm believer in if you work hard, you should play hard. So, I try to keep my life as balanced as possible to keep my sanity.” – Alicia Sacramone

167. “If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard. You’ll be hard to beat.” – Hershel Walker

168. “If people don’t know you for your words ethic, you ain’t working.” – Anonymous

169. “You get lazy, you get sad, start giving up. Plain and simple.” – James Dashner

170. “I have a work ethic. If I say I am going to do something, I do it.” – Viggo Mortensen

171. “If you want to be a true professional, do something outside yourself.” –

172. “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

173. “A disorganized workspace means disorganized work habits. A sloppy work environment equals sloppy results.” – Larry Winget

174. “When there is no consequence for poor work ethic, and no reward for good work ethic, there is no motivation.” – John David Roberts

175. “Your expectations should never be higher than your work ethic.” – Inky Johnson

176. “Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

177. “A good example has twice the value of good advice.” – Albert Schweitzer

178. “How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.” – Yvon Chouinard

179. “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah Winfrey

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

181. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” – Estée Lauder

182. “I don’t like work, no man does, but I like what is in the work—the chance to find yourself. Your own reality, for yourself, not for others, what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means.” – Joseph Conrad

183. “Setting a good example is truly the most effective means of communication, and setting a poor one is disastrous!” – Jan Carlzon

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

185. “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward

186. “It’s not about money or connections. It’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone.” – Mark Cuban

187. “Show up early, stay late, do your best, always say thank you, give people more than they expect, and follow up.” – Shep Hyken

188. “Three rules of work—one, out of clutter, find simplicity. Two, from discord, find harmony. Three, in the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

189. “Don’t work until you’re tired. work until you’re done.” – Anonymous

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

191. “Time is always enough. It’s time management, that’s the problem.” – Anonymous

192. “It is the mentor’s responsibility to create a safe and trusting space that enables a mentee to stretch and step outside their comfort zone, take risks, and show up authentically.” – Lisa Fain

193. “You will never always be motivated, so you must learn to be disciplined.” – Daily Hustle

194. “In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities—integrity, intelligence, and energy, and if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” – Warren Buffett

195. “Talent is never enough. With few exceptions, the best players are the hardest workers.” – Magic Johnson

196. “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn

197. “I am just an average man, but by God, I work harder than the average man.” – Winston Churchill

198. “I will tell you the secret to getting rich on Wall street. You try to be greedy when others are fearful, and you try to be fearful when others are greedy.” – Warren Buffett

199. “I was taught a very strong work ethic that included punctuality, which I’ve always felt is a sign of respect for others.” – Nicole Kidman 

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