23 Quotes That Will Inspire You to Go the Extra Mile

Inspirational Quotes on Work Ethic


uotes are corny. That being said, I really don't care, they get me pumped!

Positive reminders from influential people are sometimes the nudge we need to start a snowball effect of positivity and productivity.

These are some of my favorite quotes on work ethic and the power of hustle.

Take a minute and read them. Copy the ones you love to your desktop, onto a notecard or wherever you can see them regularly.


“You can't have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic.”  — Stephen C. Hogan”


“Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you”. — William James


“Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” — Swami Sivananda

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“All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of life.”  — Pope Paul VI


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


“Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more.” — Edward H. Harriman


“You're either changing your life or you're not. No waiting for this or that or better weather or other hurdles. Hurdles are the change.” — Terri Guillemets


“Be not afraid of going slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.” — Chinese proverb


“He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him. — Dutch proverb


“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” — George Bernard Shaw


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


“It is hard to beat a person who never gives up. –Babe Ruth


“Don't wish it was easier, wish you were better.” — Jim Rohn


“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven't planted.”— David Bly


“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. –Peter Drucker


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


“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”— Muhammad Ali


“Let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.” — Theodore Roosevelt


“Sheer effort enables those with nothing to surpass those with privilege and position. — Toyotomi Hideyoshi


“The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.” — Wayne Gretzky


“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


“If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it\'s the best possible substitute for it.” — James A. Garfield


“I believe in work, hard work, and long hours of work. Men do not breakdown from overwork, but from worry and dissipation. — Charles Evans Hughes


  • Print these or pin them to your desktop if they motivate you.
  • Share them with your team, colleagues and friends.

What are your favorite business quotes?

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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