Determination and hard work are the essence of work ethic.
Work ethic is what sets you apart from other people. It is what propels you to go the extra mile, and spurs you to outwork everyone around you.
When all other factors are equal, your dedication, professionalism, and positive attitude will distance you from the crowd.
Moreover, when all other factors are not equal – when you don’t have connections or money or clout – your ability to stay the course will make things happen. It will get you through tough times.
You may have to work harder than your friends. You may have to work longer hours than your colleagues. You may shed more tears than you ever thought possible. Yet, at the end of the day, when you look back on your accomplishments, you will know you earned everything you have.
That feeling of accomplishment is great, isn’t it? Here’s to hard work and perseverance!
Enjoy these quotes about work ethic and making things happen.
Work Ethic Quotes – Make Things Happen
Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change. ~ Shonda Rhimes
What’s the world for if you can’t make it up the way you want it?
… Don’t you want it to be something more than what it is?
What’s the point? I can’t change it.
That’s the point. If you don’t, it will change you… ~ Toni Morrison
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. ~ Michael Jordan
Your ability to discipline yourself to set clear goals, and then to work toward them every day, will do more to guarantee your success than any other single factor. ~ Brian Tracy
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go. ~ Langston Hughes
Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then. ~ Diana Ross
Hard work cheerfully done is easy work, while light work unwillingly done is mere drudgery. ~ Edward Parsons Day
Magic lies in challenging what seems impossible. ~ Carol Moseley Braun
I got my start by giving myself a start. ~ Madam C. J. Walker (née Sarah Breedlove)
Don’t believe the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. ~ Robert J. Burdette
The impossible becomes possible when courage spurs us on. ~ Elizabeth Kulman
I often warn people: Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.’ ~ George Carlin
Work keeps at bay three great evils: boredom, vice, and need. ~ Voltaire
The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. ~ Charles Swindoll
Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. ~ Coco Chanel
To the valiant heart nothing is impossible. ~ Jacques Cœur
A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work. ~ Colin Powell
All roads that lead to success have to pass through hard work boulevard at some point. ~ Eric Thomas
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. ~ Elbert Hubbard
There are many things which appear impossible which are not, or are only so by defect of resolution in ourselves. ~ Author Unknown (from Acton; Or, the Circle of Life)
The truly brave, and the positively strong, are generally equal to the enterprises and obstacles of life. ~ Author Unknown (from Acton; Or, the Circle of Life)
I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. ~ Ellen DeGeneres
Where we live, our values and principles form the foundation that sustains us while we get things done. ~ Jon Stewart
Procrastination is the thief of time. ~ Edward Young
What do you mean I have to wait for someone’s approval? I’m someone. I approve. So I give myself permission to move forward with my full support! ~ Richelle E. Goodrich
Ideas are a capital that bears interest only in the hands of talent. ~ Antoine de Rivarol
To do two things at once is to do neither. ~ Publilius Syrus
I have built my own factory on my own ground. ~ Madam C. J. Walker (née Sarah Breedlove)
The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn’t prepared to work for. ~ Habeeb Akande
Nothing is impossible; there are ways which lead to everything; and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. ~ François de La Rochefoucauld
Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations. If you adopt their attitudes, then the possibility won’t exist because you’ll have already shut it out. ~ Mae Jemison
Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine. ~ Jack Ma
You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is a real joy. ~ Arthur Ashe
Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm, and genuine people. ~ Tena Desae
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. ~ Stephen King
It is idleness that creates impossibilities; and where men care not to do a thing, they shelter themselves under a persuasion that it cannot be done. ~ Robert South
The shortest and surest way to prove a work possible, is to set about it. ~ Robert South
Tomorrow is the day when idlers work. ~ Edward Young
All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. ~ Calvin Coolidge
The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense. ~ Thomas Edison
Everyone talks about age, but it’s not about age. It’s about work ethic. Winning never gets old. ~ Lisa Leslie
Don’t give up. The beginning is always the hardest. Life rewards those who work hard at it. ~ Anonymous
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. ~ Newt Gingrich
If you’re prepared and you know what it takes, it’s not a risk. You just have to figure out how to get there. There is always a way to get there. ~ Mark Cuban
Choices and decisions must be supported by your passion, resolve and a productive work ethic. If these meet opportunity – your success has finally come! ~ Archibald Marwizi
Be true to yourself. Make each day your masterpiece. ~ John Wooden
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. ~ Pelé (Edson Arantes do Nascimento)
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. ~ Arianna Huffington
Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it. ~ Anonymous
Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all. ~ Sam Ewing
I was taught a very strong work ethic that included punctuality, which I’ve always felt is a sign of respect for others. ~ Nicole Kidman
It’s not about money or connections – it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone when it comes to your business. And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time. ~ Mark Cuban
You will never plow a field if you only turn it over in your mind. ~ Anonymous
Work ethic eliminates fear. So if you put forth the work, then what are you fearing? You know what you’re capable of doing, what you’re not. ~ Michael Jordan
Live by the creed that a strong work ethic, playing by the rules, and doing things the right way will bring about opportunities for success and, ultimately, happiness. ~ Nick Saban
Start where you are, with what you have. Make something of it and never be satisfied. ~ George Washington Carver
There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. ~ Bruce Lee
Don’t waste breath in explanations. Go after your own problem and solve it – for there is a solution – and it’s up to you to find it. ~ Anonymous
There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed. ~ Ray Goforth
You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly. ~ Rumi