75 Inspiring Effort Quotes to Achieve Success

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These effort quotes will encourage and motivate you to keep pushing to achieve success, growth, and your goals in life.

There’s no denying that effort is vital in achieving our goals and making our dreams a reality.

We all have dreams, we all want to achieve our goals, change our lives, and be successful but often, most of us are guilty of constantly making excuses and not willing to put in the work needed to make those dreams a reality.

As hard as it is to admit, if you want to improve your life or see growth and break free from feeling stuck and unfulfilled, you need to stop procrastinating, stop with all those excuses, and make the necessary effort needed to achieve what you want.

We have gathered the best effort quotes from various sources to not only remind you of the importance of hard work but also encourage you to be consistent with your efforts and to keep going.

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Motivational effort quotes and sayings

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.

— Liane Cordes

Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.

— Theodore Roosevelt

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.

— Pat Riley

People die all the time. Life is a lot more fragile than we think. So you should treat others in a way that leaves no regrets. Fairly, and if possible, sincerely. It’s too easy not to make the effort, then weep and wring your hands after the person dies.

— Haruki Murakami

With hard work and effort, you can achieve anything.

Antoine Griezmann

Never give up. It’s like breathing—once you quit, your flame dies letting total darkness extinguish every last gasp of hope. You can’t do that. You must continue taking in even the shallowest of breaths, continue putting forth even the smallest of efforts to sustain your dreams. Don’t ever, ever, ever give up.

— Richelle E. Goodrich

An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves.

— Lydia M. Child

If you’re not gonna go all the way, why go at all?

— Joe Namath

We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.

— Jesse Owens

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

— Samuel Johnson

A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.

— Liberty Hyde Bailey

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.

— Helen Keller

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.

— Paul J. Meyer

All the effort in the world won’t matter if you’re not inspired.

— Chuck Palahniuk

Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.

— John Ruskin

Encouraging effort quotes to help you achieve success

Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.

— Arnold Palmer

Plough deep while sluggards sleep.

— Benjamin Franklin

Progress can be slow and gradual. Continue putting in effort with patience, enthusiasm and faith.

— Mata Amritanandamayi

Your dreams will take time. It will take efforts and require dedication and sacrifice. But in the end it WILL be worth it.

— Anurag Prakash Ray

Do the work. Everyone wants to be successful, but nobody wants to do the work.

— Gary Vaynerchuk

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Much effort, much prosperity.

— Euripides

Putting forth the effort to succeed is tantamount to your success.

— Jon Jones

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward.

— Jim Rohn

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

— John F. Kennedy

A great work demands a great sacrifice, and who is not capable of a great sacrifice is not capable of a great work.

— Muriel Strode

No one succeeds without effort… Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.

— Ramana Maharshi

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Life can be boring unless you put some effort into it.

— John C. Maxwell

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Inspirational effort quotes and quotes about making an effort

Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.

— Vince Lombardi

The extra pass and the extra effort on defense always get the job done.

— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Be a reflection of what you’d like to see in others! If you want love, give love, if you want honesty, give honesty, if you want respect, give respect. You get in return, what you give!

— Unknown

There is often a much simpler way of doing things – if you make the effort to look for it.

— Edward de Bono

The difference between good and great is just a little extra effort.

— Duffy Daugherty

Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.

— Sandra Day O’Connor

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.

— Helen Keller

In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more that that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?

— Jesse Owens

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

— Muhammad Ali

Effort quotes and quotes about making an effort

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

— Maya Angelou

Let us all try to stand a little taller, rise a little higher, be a little better. Make the extra effort. You will be happier.

— Gordon B. Hinckley

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose in life is to give it away.

Pablo Picasso

It’s the extra effort after you have done your best that creates victory.

— Lou Holtz

When you first begin a project, you may only have enough time to do a little. Over time, however, what may first appear to be small efforts will multiply and end up being significant!

— Catherine Pulsifer

Almost everyone does just enough to get by. Those who achieve spectacular success also do enough to get by; then they add a little bit of extra effort. That little bit of extra effort makes an enormous difference.

— Ralph Marston

Effort quotes to inspire and encourage you

The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.

— Denis Waitley

Success is dependent on effort.

— Sophocles

If you’re going to do something, strive to do it better than anyone else. Do it all the way. If you’re going to half-ass it, why bother?

— Ashly Lorenzana

Great effort springs naturally from great attitude.

— Pat Riley

The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting in above-average effort.

— Colin Powell

If I had caused the cloud, it was my duty to make an effort to dispel it.

— Emily Brontë

At the end of the day, you can’t control the results; you can only control your effort level and your focus.

— Ben Zobrist

The bitter and the sweet come from the outside, the hard from within, from one’s own efforts.

— Albert Einstein

Trying and getting hurt can’t possibly be worse for you than being… stuck.

— Eliezer Yudkowsky

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.

— Napoleon Hill

Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.

— Tim Fargo

Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones to genius.

— Elbert Hubbard

The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

Make each day count by setting specific goals to succeed, then putting forth every effort to exceed your own expectations.

— Les Brown

Life is too short to spend in negativity. So I have made a conscious effort to not be where I don’t want to be.

— Hugh Dillon

Without balance, a life is no longer worth the effort.

— Olen Steinhauer

More effort quotes and sayings

Making an effort is in your hands. Giving 100% is in your hands.

— Sachin Tendulkar

Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.

— Gordon B. Hinckley

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.                                              

— Aeschylus

Hard work is a precious gift. If you’re able to work hard… then success will surely be yours

— Michael Crews

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

You automatically fail if you don’t try.

— Shane Parrish

A little more persistence a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn into a glorious success.

— Elbert Hubbard

You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.

— Jim Stovall

Luck is great, but most of life is hard work.

— Iain Duncan Smith

Make every effort matter, and always make the following effort better than the last one

— Hermann J Steinherr

One who doesn’t throw the dice can never expect to score a six.

— Navjot Sidhu

only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and… courage… we move on to better things.                                           

— Theodore Roosevelt

Hard work compounds like interest, and the earlier you do it, the more time you have for the benefits to pay off.

— Sam Altman

A loser is one who failed to try, not one who tried but failed.

— Kelvin Osaghae

Failure is something many people take great efforts to avoid but failure is essential for growth and learning.

— Maxwell Maltz

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.

— Peter F. Drucker

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