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Often many people decide to give up or stop trying when they are not succeeding. You may think that not being able to understand the “how” will always result in failure. Or you may think that there’s no use making time to help understand or solve a problem because it will never work.

But, have you ever thought about what happens when you give up?

Sure, there may be a very short period of relief, but life is long, and that short term feeling fades rather quickly.

As a high school student, there are times where I don’t feel inspired and feel as if what I am doing is pointless. Sometimes if I really don’t understand something, I will drop the course and forget about it entirely. But this is not the best approach. Instead, you should always try to find the positive when you face challenges. Regardless of what the issue may be, there will always be some positive in every negative. For example, if it’s tough and difficult right now, think about the future and everything that comes with it if you persevere. All success stories carry some sort of difficulty or hardship.


I always try to find some motivation during those times of difficulty. I often find myself somewhere on the internet looking at a variety of quotes and I feel as if they help inspire me to work harder and persevere. To make your lives easier, I’ve compiled a list of 44 quotes that have helped inspire me to work harder and that I hope will help inspire you as well.

44 Quotes To Inspire You To Work Harder

  1. There are no traffic jams on the extra mile – Zig Ziglar,
  2. If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it -Elon Musk
  3. Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable – Coco Chanel
  4. Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard – Tim Notke
  5. 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 – Pele
  6. Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come – Dwayne Johnson
  7. A man is worked upon by what he works on. He may carve out his circumstances, but his circumstances will carve him out as well – Frederick Douglass
  8. All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work – Calvin Coolidge
  9. 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
  10. Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles – Steve Jobs
  11. A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work – Colin Powell
  12. Those at the top of the mountain didn’t fall there – Unknown
  13. What comes easy won’t last. What lasts won’t come easy. – Unknown
  14. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them – Walt Disney
  15. Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it – Buddha
  16. To achieve what 1% of the world’s population has, you must be willing to do what only 1% dares to do – Manoj Arora
  17. Work hard now, suffer and keep it up. Rewards are at the edge – Maxime Lagacé
  18. It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up – George Herman Ruth
  19. When you start living the life of your dreams, there will always be obstacles, doubters, mistakes, and setbacks along the way. But with hard work, perseverance and self-belief there is no limit to what you can achieve – Roy T. Bennett
  20. Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better -Jim Rohn
  21. If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all – Michelangelo Buonarroti
  22. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra – Jimmy Johnson
  23. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed – Michael Jordan
  24. All roads that lead to success have to pass through hard work boulevard at some point – Eric Thomas
  25. There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs – Zig Ziglar
  26. I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it – Thomas Jefferson
  27. Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them – Ann Landers 
  28. Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted – David Bly 
  29. Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it – Napoleon Hill 
  30. Nothing can subtract hard work from success, only add to it – Manjunath Harlapur
  31. Nothing worth having comes easy – Theodore Roosevelt
  32. If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well – Martin Luther King Jr.
  33. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last – Hamilton Holt
  34. …talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything – Patrick Süskind
  35. The future depends on what you do today – Mahatma Gandhi
  36. Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves – William Patten
  37. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all – Dale Carnegie
  38. Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success – Napoleon Hill
  39. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough – Og Mandino
  40. You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing – Philippos
  41. Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success – Dale Carnegie
  42. To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like – Mike Gafka
  43. Success doesn’t come to you, you’ve got to go to it – Marva Collins
  44. The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus – Bruce Lee

Yasir Mahmood

I’m a grade 11 student aspiring to become a kinesiologist. Writing is my hobby and I really enjoy it. In my spare time, I either write or volunteer with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at.

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1 Comment
  • jay
    3:20 AM, 9 November 2019

    Thank you for this little power boost up. I like the buddha’s quotes.

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