Hard work is the most powerful tool in anyone’s career. When you are willing to put in the time and effort to do your best and learn from mistakes, that dedication is what pays off in long term success. But hard work doesn’t just happen on its own. You need to be motivated to make it happen. Here are some powerful quotes to help motivate and inspire hard work in us all.  

“A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” 

– Colin Powell, former U.S. Defense Secretary

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” 

– Dale Carnegie, American business icon

“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.” 

– Ariana Huffington, businesswoman, and author

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

– Thomas Jefferson, former President of the United States

“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, Hall of Fame coach

“If you love your work, you’ll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can, and pretty soon everybody around will catch the passion from you – like a fever.” 

– Sam Walton, founder of Walmart

“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.” 

– Booker T. Washington, educator and presidential advisor

“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.” 

– Thomas J. Watson, CEO of IBM 


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Success comes from motivation and determination. Hard work is what sets you on the path to bigger and better things. With these wise quotes to fuel your passion, you will find success. For more inspiration or help finding the next job in your career path, connect with the staffing team at ESGI today.  


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