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55 Badass Hard Work Quotes to Fire Up Your Work Ethic

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There’s a certain ingredient to success that most high achievers give a lot of credit to for their successes.  Traces of this ingredient can be found in just about every success story.

Pick up any book on success, and this key success ingredient usually jumps out at you in the first few chapters.  Watch any documentary or read any autobiography of high achievers who have accomplished what you aspire to do, and you’ll always hear them hint at what they owe their success to.

THE SUCCESS INGREDIENT AVAILABLE TO ALL…

Often, we’re even blatantly told what separates the winners from the losers in life.  Yet, we still fail to embrace this crucial success ingredient.  Perhaps, it’s because it’s too simple.  Or, perhaps it’s because it is rarely pleasant, and never easy.  And well, most people like things to be pleasant and they love when things are easy.

But success can’t be found in either of those things.  No, but it can be found in their opposites.

So, what’s the secret ingredient?

Put simply, it’s HARD WORK!

That’s right, hard work is one of the key ingredients to achievement that anyone can stake a claim in.  Working hard and having a strong work ethic is available to everyone.

ACHIEVEMENT IS A CHOICE

What this means is that anyone can decide to achieve more.  It means that succeeding at a higher level is always a choice.  It means just about anyone can make up their minds to win at this thing called life by simply choosing to embrace the pain, the discomfort, and the effort that goes into that creation process known as labor.  Yes,  hard work, labor, and toil is where all success stems.

But, don’t just take my word for it.

Read these badass hard work quotes from the people who have done what it takes to succeed in life.  Let them move you to new levels of intensity and action towards doing your work.  The result can only be a stronger work ethic.  Behold:

55 BADASS HARD WORK QUOTES TO FIRE UP YOUR WORK ETHIC

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

2. “Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

3. “If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.” – Michelangelo

4. “Success isn’t owned. It’s leased, and rent is due every day.” – J. J. Watt

5. “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” – Kevin Durant

6. “If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.” – Hershel Walker

7. “I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” – Larry Bird

8. “Sometimes there’s not a better way. Sometimes there’s only the hard way.” – Mary E. Pearson

9.  “All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” – Calvin Coolidge

10.  “All wealth is the product of labor.”  –  John Locke

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11. “Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.”  –  Malcolm Forbes

12. “Success is dependent upon the glands – sweat glands.” – Zig Ziglar

13. “The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.” – John Ruskin

14. “I would rather risk wearing out than rusting out.” – Theodore Roosevelt

15. “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter

16. “Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.” – Dwayne Johnson

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

18. “Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.” ―Joseph Joubert

19. “Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind.” – Henry Ford

20. “If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.” – Ben Hogan

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21. “I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.”
— Jim Carrey

22. “Hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but improves its chances.” – B.J. Gupta

23. “Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.” – Horace

24.  “We forget that every good that is worth possessing must be paid for in strokes of daily effort. We postpone and postpone, until those smiling possibilities are dead.” – William James

25.  “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” – Thomas A. Edison

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26.  “Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.” – Robert Half

27.  “Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference.”  –  Lou Holtz

28. “The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day”  –  Wayne Gretzky

29.  “I think the thing about that was I was always willing to work; I was not the fastest or biggest player but I was determined to be the best football player I could be on the football field and I think I was able to accomplish that through hard work.” – Jerry Rice

30.   “There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas Edison

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31. “Employment is nature’s physician, and is essential to human happiness.” – Galen

32. The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream.” – Tommy Hilfiger

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

34. “If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.” – Malcolm Gladwell

35. “I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work.” – Ashton Kutcher

36. “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.” – Louis Pasteur

37. “I’m always kind of doing something — there’s never really any downtime.” – Henry Rollins

38. “I can say the willingness to get dirty has always defined us as an nation, and it’s a hallmark of hard work and a hallmark of fun, and dirt is not the enemy.” – Mike Rowe

39. “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” – Newt Gingrich

40.  “Without labor nothing prospers.”  –  Sophocles

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41.  “Work keeps at bay three great evils: boredom, vice, and need.”  –  Voltaire

42. “The best things in life make you sweaty.” – Edgar Allan Poe

43. “It’s only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy, and resolute courage , that we move on to better things.”  – Theodore Roosevelt

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

45. “Hard work opens doors and shows the world that you are serious about being one of those rare – and special – human beings who use the fullness of their talents to do their very best.” – Robin Sharma

46. “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” – Bruce Lee

47. “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

48. “The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.” – Steven Pressfield

49. “Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.” – David Rockefeller

50. “It’s not about money or connections.  It’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone when it comes to your business.”  –  Mark Cuban

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51. “Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.” – Napoleon Hill

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

53. “Ideas don’t work for people unwilling to do the work.”  –  Robin Sharma

54. “Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.” –  Robert Half

55. “Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” –  Thomas A. Edison

Bonus Hard Work Quote

“Work hard in silence, let success be your noise.” – Frank Ocean

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And that’s that my friends!  The 55 baddest work ethic quotes you’ll find…any where.

If quotes move you like they move me, chances are high you are feeling some fire stirring within you right about now.  If this is the case for you, then great!  But, don’t just sit there.  Use the energy and motivation these hard work quotes just ignited within you to achieve something great.  And never forget….

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So, let’s put this new fired-up work ethic to the test, and get to work!

Till next time,

STRIVE

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