Some of the world’s most successful people, including the likes of JK Rowling, Steve Jobs and Oprah Winfrey, have lost their jobs and overcome challenges before their names became even close to recognizable. It's no secret that success doesn’t come easily — even for those with countless connections and a helping hand.
The truth is: if you only invest a little, the reward is meager, too. At one point or another, everyone finds themselves struggling to maintain their work ethic, manage their time and reach their goal. Whether you've hit a bad luck streak or just feel like a failure, it can be difficult to continue working towards your dreams.
We’ve all been told that when we fail, we should try, try and try again — but it’s certainly easier said than done. That said, those of us with the dedication to pick ourselves up are the ones who find success. Hard work is transformative and can often be the easy part; it’s garnering that necessary determination to put it in the work that, sometimes, takes a bit of outsourced inspiration.
With that in mind, this motivational quote list will help you continue your great work. Hard work quotes help people keep up the effort, find their motivation and, ultimately, pursue their happiness. Here are 15 quotes from inspiring individuals whose inspirational quotes will help you find success.
- “It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.” ― Babe Ruth
- “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.” — Maya Angelou
- “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” — Helen Keller
- “I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” — Amelia Earhart
- “A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.” — Marge Piercy
- “If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” — Thomas Jefferson
- “Working hard overcomes a whole lot of other obstacles. You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people.” — Marsha Evans
- “Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn't what you get for it, but what you become for it.” — Steve Maraboli, "Life, the Truth, and Being Free"
- “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” — Thomas Edison
- “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” — Maya Angelou
- “The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” — Roseanne Barr
- “I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” — Thomas Jefferson
- “When you start living the life of your dreams, there will always be obstacles, doubters, mistakes and setbacks along the way. But with hard work, perseverance and self-belief there is no limit to what you can achieve.” — Roy T. Bennett
- “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint—and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” — Oprah Winfrey
- “A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.” — Nancy Rathburn
Life presents us with obstacles that force us to spend our time and effort differently. But with additional motivation, courtesy of the quotes above, you'll find the perseverance to keep going.
AnnaMarie Houlis is a multimedia journalist and an adventure aficionado with a keen cultural curiosity and an affinity for solo travel. She's an editor by day and a travel blogger at HerReport.org by night.