Top 88 Hard Work Quotes to Motivate Your Team

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Ben Aflalo

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Top 88 Hard Work Quotes

Sometimes, to get through a hard day, all you need is a little motivation. Brilliant and famous people, who often faced long and complex journeys, managed to reach the goals they set for themselves. The wisdom in their quotes left a mark, and can provide each of us with a small shot of encouragement.
If you find yourself in a moment of crisis, remember that many people in history have experienced similar challenges and found ways to motivate themselves to overcome them.

Within the workplace, your team may sometimes need a lift, a moment to help them relax, or give them proof that the long journey is worth it.
Incorporating inspirational quotes into business presentations can be a great way to uplift your team. Whether during employee appreciation, onboarding, launching a new product or a new kickoff, or at the beginning of a significant business process, these quotes can serve as a constant reminder of the values of perseverance, effort, and dedication.

Motivational quotes about hard work can positively impact work ethics within an organization. They reflect your beliefs and the path you are taking, helping employees understand and follow the same direction.

Below is a list of quotes that we found inspiring, from well-known and impressive individuals. Each of these quotes has the power to give you and your team the much-needed forward push. Choose the one that works best with you and your team. Share it regularly, especially during moments that require extra motivation or to celebrate team achievements. 

Our top 88 hard work quotes are divides to these topics:

There is no time like the present. Choose the quote that touches you and suits your team and hang it where everyone can see. Remind yourself and your team where you aspire to go.

Getting Started Quotes 

1. “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” – Unknown 

2. “Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda, Star Wars

3.  “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney, Animator, film producer, and entrepreneur

4. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart, Aviation pioneer

5. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot, English novelist and poet

6. “The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison, American inventor

7. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” – Tony Robbins, American author, coach and speaker

8. “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”  – Steve Jobs, Former CEO of Apple

9. “If you can’t yet do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill, American self-help author

10. Do not wait for the perfect time and place to enter, for you are already onstage.” – Unknown

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Perseverance & Inspiration Quotes

In business as in life, these bits of wisdom remind us of our principles and keep us heading toward success, these quotes focus on perseverance and the success that can be achieved through dedication.

11. “Without labor nothing prospers.” – Sophocles, an ancient Greek tragedian

12. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale, English statistician and the founder of modern nursing

13. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist

14. ״Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.” – Kobe Bryant, professional basketball player

15. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

16. “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” – Walter Elliot, Scottish politician

17. I don’t believe in failure. It’s not a failure if you enjoy the process.” – Oprah Winfrey, American host and television producer

18. “Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts” – Winston Churchill, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

19. “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding on the 20th.” – Julie Andrews, Actress and singer

20. “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” – Jesse Owens, American track and field athlete

21. “The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.”  – Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-Canadian inventor and scientist

22. “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, Brazilian professional footballer

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Real Hard Work Quotes

23. “Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.” – Henry Ford, Entrepreneur

24. “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win”. – Zig Ziglar, American author and motivational speaker

25. “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President

26. “There is no royal, flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it. For if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard.” – CJ Walker, first female self-made millionaire in America

27. “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” – Oprah Winfrey, American host and television producer

28. “When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.” – Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President

29. “The future depends on what you do today.” – Mahatma Gandhi, Indian independence activist

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

31. “A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure.” – Henry Kissinger, Former United States Secretary of State

32. “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, American actor and businessman

33. “It’s hard to beat a person who doesn’t give up.” – Babe Ruth, American baseball pitcher

34. “There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter, American professional baseball shortstop, businessman, and baseball executive.

35. “The harder I work the more I live.” – George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and critic

36. “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci, Italian polymath

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

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Teamwork Quotes

These quotes emphasize the power of collaboration and the strength that comes from working together. Inspire your team with these quotes about the importance of unity, cooperation, and collective effort.

38. “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth, American baseball pitcher

39. “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist

40. “A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of others.” – Norman Shidle, author

41. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”  Michael Jordan, American businessman and former basketball player

42. “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller, American author and disability rights advocate

43. Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is a success.” – Henry Ford, Entrepreneur

44. “Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher.”  – Oprah Winfrey, American host and television producer

45. “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, American basketball center

46. “Collaboration has no hierarchy. The Sun collaborates with soil to bring flowers on the earth.” – Amit Ray, Indian author

47. “Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results” – Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha, author

48. “None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”  – Mother Teresa, Albanian-Indian nun

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Innovation & Creativity

Encouraging innovation and creativity in the workplace can lead to great ideas and flexible solutions. These quotes emphasize the importance of thinking outside the box and embracing new approaches.

49. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou, American memoirist and poet

50. “What is now proved was once only imagined.“ – William Blake, English poet and painter

51. “Innovation is like looking for pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. You have to find a lot of pieces that don’t match to find the one or two pieces that match.“ – Edward Conard, American businessman, author and scholar

52. “There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” – Brené Brown, American professor and social worker

53. “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” – Peter Drucker , Austrian-American consultant and educator

54. “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist

55. “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin, founding father of the United States

56. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky, Canadian ice hockey player

57. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” –Joshua J. Marine, author

58. “Don’t wait for inspiration. It comes while working.” – Henri Matisse, French visual artist

59. “Create with the heart; build with the mind.” – Criss Jami, author

60. “Deadlines and things make you creative.” – Jack White, musician

61. “You can be cautious or you can be creative, but there’s no such thing as a cautious creative.” – George Lois, art director and designer

62. “I am looking for a lot of people who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.” – Henry Ford, Entrepreneur

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Positive Attitude Quotes 

A positive attitude can transform the workplace environment and improve team morale. These quotes emphasize the power of positivity and its impact on productivity and happiness.

63. “If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude about it. Don’t complain.” – Maya Angelou, American memoirist and poet

64. “Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” Elbert Hubbard, American writer and publisher

65. “Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day.” – George Allen, American football coach

66. “I like to encourage people to realize that any action is a good action if it’s proactive, and there is positive intent behind it.” – Michael J. Fox, Canadian-American activist and actor

67. ​“The next time you feel slightly uncomfortable with the pressure in your life, remember no pressure, no diamonds. Pressure is a part of success.” – Eric Thomas, motivational speaker and author

68. “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo, author

69. “With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” – Dr. Wayne W Dyer, author and motivational speaker

70. ​“Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see a shadow.” – Helen Keller, American author and disability rights advocate

71. Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. – Benjamin Disraeli, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

72. Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President

73. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”  – Henry Ford, Entrepreneur

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Overcoming Challenges 

Every team faces obstacles, but it’s how they handle these challenges that defines their success. These quotes focus on resilience and the strength required to overcome difficulties and setbacks.

74. “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Molière, French playwright

75. “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, American businessman and former basketball player

76. “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.

77. “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

78. “You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.” – Maya Angelou, American memoirist and poet

79. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian and American actor, businessman, and former politician

80. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, German Philosopher and critic

81. “Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” – Roy T. Bennett, author

82. “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”  – Randy Pausch, educator and professor

83. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie, writer and lecturer

84. “Difficult roads always lead to beautiful destinations.” – Zig Ziglar, American author and motivational speaker

85. “You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.” – Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States

Conclusion – General Hard Work Quotes

For an extra boost of motivation, here are some general quotes to inspire you and your team:

86. Don’t count the days, make the days count

87. Don’t wait for opportunity, create it

88. Great things never come from comfort zones

All of these are quotes are ideas for uplift employees’ motivation. Add these quotes as part of your employees’ appreciation.  Want to see what a little bit of appreciation can do you for business? Whether it’s a team-building session or a virtual awards show to celebrate your best and brightest, with Gloww, you’ll find a first-rate conferencing platform with a lot of features that will take your online get-togethers to the next level. 

You can also read our employee appreciation ideas to make sure you’re letting your employees know they’re valued. Learn more on our blog, and find out how to sign up for a free account to use Gloww today!

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Ben Aflalo heads Gloww's product team with over two decades of leadership experience. Passionate about leveraging innovative technology, he is committed to building products for the greater good.

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