20 Quotes That Will Inspire You to Have a More Productive 2017

“I am a sucker for a good quote” -Nate McCallister

The internet is full of quotes. Just because something has quotation marks around it doesn’t mean it is worth believing. Some quotes however, have the power to change lives if they are used as catalysts for action.

If you trust me to be a good judge for business advice, I have saved you time and energy by gathering quotes that should spark you to have a much more productive life.

I recommend that you do two things to maximize the value of this article.

  • Bookmark this article and reference it when you find yourself in a productivity rut.
  • Share this with anyone in your business.

Ok, let’s go…

#1 Just Start

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. -Walt Disney

#2 Understand Action and Productivity Are Not the Same

Never mistake motion for action. -Ernest Hemingway

#3 Stop Waiting for Inspiration

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. -Stephen King

#4 Stop Overthinking Things

If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. -Bruce Lee

#5 Force Your Own Luck

Luck is not chance, it’s toil; Fortune’s expensive smile is earned. -Emily Dickinson

#6 Stop Taking Failure So Personally

Remember that failure is an event, not a person. -Zig Ziglar

#7 Work to Love the Process of Your Work (Whatever it May Be)

Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness. -Sigmund Freud

#8 Empower Those People Around Your Business

Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people. -John D. Rockefeller

#9 Learning Should Energize You, Do It Constantly

Learning never exhausts the mind. -Leonardo da Vinci

#10 When Things Are Hard, Be Hard

If you’re going through hell, keep going. -Winston Churchill

#11 Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. -Muhammad Ali

#12 Perseverance Is Often Disguised as Intelligence

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. -Albert Einstein

#13 Stop Waiting for Affirmation

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

#14 Don’t Lose Focus of Your Strengths

All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else. -Plato

#15 Be Mindful of Where Your Mind Is

“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.  -David Allen

#16 Assume You Are Underestimating How Long Things Will Take to Accomplish

Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law. -Douglas R. Hofstadter

#17 Never Feel Lazy for Aiming to Save Time and Energy

Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more.  -Henry Ford

#18 Focus Is Powerful

It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less. -Nathan W. Morris

#19 Don’t Improve What Shouldn’t Be Done in the First Place

Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all. -Peter Drucker

#20 Your IQ Means Very Little

A worker without genius is better than a genius who won’t work. -Leopold Auer

About the author

Nate McCallister

Nate is the founder and main contributor of EntreResource.com. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur who spends his time building businesses and raising his two kids Sawyer and Brooks with his beautiful wife Emily. His main interests include copywriting, economics and piano.

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