If there is one thing all successful people have in common, it is relentless hard work and motivation. You don’t need to love your job, but you need to be motivated to always do your best. Check out our full collection of inspirational quotes. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. We work to become, not to acquire.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Trust not what inspires other members of society to choose a career. Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. 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. Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else. To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work. Think not of yourself as the architect of your career but as the sculptor. Expect to have to do a lot of hard hammering and chiseling and scraping and polishing. Nothing will work unless you do. If there is no wind, row.
The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope. Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man. Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. No man needs sympathy because he has to work, because he has a burden to carry. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it. If you care about what you do and work hard at it, there isn’t anything you can’t do if you want to. To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth. All happiness depends on courage and work. Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love. This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today. Inspiration usually comes during work rather than before it.
Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work. Getting fired is nature’s way to telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place. Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. You may end up working for them. Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night. If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.