20 Inspirational Quotes About Hard Work for the Self-Employed

Being self-employed, you probably understand hard work better than most people. However, that doesn’t mean that the during your climb to the top you won’t start to question the value of your hard work or lose some inspiration along the way. Keeping up the faith when we are in the middle of trying times isn’t easy. Zig Ziglar said it best when he said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

To help keep you motivated and on your path to self-employed success, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite quotes devoted to hard work and just plain getting things done.

  1. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” —Colin Powell
  2. “All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.” —Pope Paul VI
  3. “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” —Newt Gingrich
  4. “Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price” —Vince Lombardi
  5. “I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.” —Margaret Thatcher
  6. “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.” —Thomas A. Edison
  7. “I don’t pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.” —Theodore Roosevelt
  8. “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” —Ann Landers
  9. “Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” —Peter Drucker
  10. “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.
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  11. “You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.” —Richard David Bach
  12. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” —Thomas Edison
  13. “It seems the harder I work, the more luck I have.” —Thomas Jefferson
  14. “All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” —Calvin Coolidge
  15. Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.” —Jim Rohn
  16. “Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” —Saint Francis of Assisi
  17. Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.” —David Bly
  18. All the so-called ‘secrets of success’ will not work unless you do.” —Author Unknown
  19. You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.” —Author Unknown
  20. Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” –Will Rogers