ᐅ111+ Hard Work Quotes To Find Success and Motivation

If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time. ~ Steve Jobs

The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%. ~ Andrew Carnegie

It’s not about money or connection — it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone. ~ Mark Cuban

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. ~ Ray Kroc

If you are willing to work hard and ask lots of questions, you can learn business pretty fast. ~ Steve Jobs

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is hard work. ~ Stephen King

The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action. ~ Alexander Graham Bell

Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success. ~ Thomas J. Watson

I think that my biggest attribute to any success that I have had is hard work

“I think that my biggest attribute to any success that I have had is hard work. There really is no substitute for working hard.” ― Maria Bartiromo

I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed. ~ Booker T. Washington

Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. ~ Oprah Winfrey

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. ~ Henry Ford

If you love your work, you’ll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can, and pretty soon everybody around will catch the passion from you – like a fever. ~ Sam Walton

Great companies are built in the office, with hard work put in by a team. ~ Emily Chang

Success is best when it’s shared. ~ Howard Schultz

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime. ~ Babe Ruth

In the end, all business operation can be reduced to three words: people, products, and profits. Unless you’ve got a good team, you can’t do much with the other two. ~ Lee Iacocca

The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison. ~ J.C. Penney

Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs

Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers. ~ Pat Riley

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. ~ Andrew Carnegie

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. ~ Vince Lombardi

There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time. ~ Coco Chanel

Without labor, nothing prospers. ~ Sophocles

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. ~ Colin Powell

I’ve read something that Bill Gates said about six months ago. He said, ‘I worked really, really hard in my 20s.’ And I know what he means because I worked really, really hard in my 20s too. Literally, you know, 7 days a week, a lot of hours every day. And it actually is a wonderful thing to do, because you can get a lot done. But you can’t do it forever, and you don’t want to do it forever, and you have to come up with ways of figuring out what the most important things are and working with other people even more. ~ Steve Jobs

I never took a day off in my 20s. Not one. ~ Bill Gates

Work hard, have fun, make history. ~ Jeff Bezos

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. ~ Dale Carnegie

Men die of boredom, psychological conflict and disease. They do not die of hard work. ~ David Ogilvy

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. ~ Ariana Huffington

Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard. ~ Tim Notke

No matter how hard you work, someone else is working harder. ~ Elon Musk

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it. ~ Henry Ford

"Success isn't always about greatness. It's about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” -Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

"I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

"I learned the value of hard work by working hard." -Margaret Mead

“A lot of hard work is hidden behind nice things.”

"A lot of hard work is hidden behind nice things." -Ralph Lauren

"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is hard work." -Stephen King

"The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action." -Alexander Graham Bell

"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed." -Booker T. Washington

“What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing;

"What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose." -Margaret Thatcher

"If you love your work, you’ll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can, and pretty soon everybody around will catch the passion from you – like a fever. " -Sam Walton

"Great companies are built in the office, with hard work put in by a team." -Emily Chang

"Without labor, nothing prospers." -Sophocles

"Work hard, have fun, make history." -Jeff Bezos

"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." -Dale Carnegie

"Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard." -Tim Notke

"Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment." -Oprah Winfrey

"There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time." -Coco Chanel

"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it." -Henry Ford

"A man can make what he wants of himself if he truly believes that he must be ready for hard work and many heartbreaks." — Thurgood Marshall

"With hard work and dedication, anything is possible." — Timothy Weah

"The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work." — Harry Golden

“If you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter

"If you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like or who you love." — Barack Obama

"I learned the value of hard work by working hard." — Margaret Mead

"Run to the fire; don't hide from it." — Meg Whitman

“Without hard work and discipline, it is difficult to be a top professional.”

"Without hard work and discipline, it is difficult to be a top professional." — Jahangir Khan

"Don't settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that's in us." — Angela Bassett

"This is the real secret of life—to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. Instead of calling it work, realize it is play." — Alan Wilson Watts

"Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work." — Joseph Barbara

"Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that's the one that is going to require the most from you." — Caroline Myss

"It's not about money or connections. It's the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone." — Mark Cuban

“When you live for a strong purpose, then hard work isn’t an option. It’s a necessity.”

"When you live for a strong purpose, then hard work isn't an option. It's a necessity." — Steve Pavlina

"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

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed 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.

"You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day." — Marian Wright Edelman

“Believe in yourself, work hard, work smart and passionately present your best self to the world.”

"Believe in yourself, work hard, work smart and passionately present your best self to the world." — Hill Harper

"We learned about dignity and decency, that how hard you work matters more than how much you make, that helping others means more than just getting ahead of yourself." — Michelle Obama

"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them." — Ann Landers

"If you work really hard, and you're kind, amazing things will happen." — Conan O'Brien

"Without labor nothing prospers." — Sophocles

“Be prepared, work hard and hope for a little luck. Recognize that the harder you

"Be prepared, work hard and hope for a little luck. Recognize that the harder you work and the better prepared you are, the more luck you might have." — Ed Bradley

“Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.”

"Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work." — Booker T. Washington

"All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work." — Calvin Coolidge

"Work harder than you think you did yesterday." — Alex Elle

"The future depends on what you do today." — Mahatma Gandhi

"Developing a good work ethic is key. Apply yourself at whatever you do, whether you're a janitor or taking your first summer job, because that work ethic will be reflected in everything you do in life." — Tyler Perry

"I never viewed myself as particularly talented. Where I excel is ridiculous, sickening work ethic. You know, while the other guy's sleeping, I'm working." — Will Smith

"Do not whine... Do not complain. Work harder." — Joan Didion

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." — Walt Disney

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

"Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work." — Peter Drucker

"Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most." — Augusta F. Kantra

"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible." — Tony Robbins

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." — Wayne Gretzky

"Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far." — Gary Vaynerchuk

"Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead 20 years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then." — Diana Ross

"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later." — Og Mandino

"Obstacles can't stop you. Problems can't stop you. Most of all, other people can't stop you. Only you can stop you." — Jeffrey Gitomer

"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." — Maya Angelou

"Dreams are lovely. But they are 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

"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity." — Louis Pasteur

“A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination

"A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work." — Colin Powell

“Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.”

"Motivation will almost always beat mere talent." — Norman Ralph Augustine

"Whenever I feel bad, I use that feeling to motivate me to work harder. I only allow myself one day to feel sorry for myself. When I'm not feeling my best, I ask myself, 'What are you going to do about it?' I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me." — Beyoncé Knowles

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other." — Walter Elliot

"If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit." — Banksy

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second,

"The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense." — Thomas A. Edison

"Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential." — Winston Churchill

"It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop." — Confucius

"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did." — Newt Gingrich

"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

"You never know what's around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you've climbed a mountain." — Tom Hiddleston

"Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time." — Marabel Morgan

"Slight persistent effort can move you successfully forward in anything you do." — Kelli Wilson

"Everyone I know who is having success in film right now is there because of persistence." — Jay Duplass

"A little more persistence, a little more effort and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success." — Elbert Hubbard

"Talent is nothing without persistence." — Dean Crawford

"First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice." ― Octavia E. Butler

"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

“The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

"The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." — Thomas Edison

"I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you." — Oprah Winfrey

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved." — Helen Keller

"Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were." — David Rockefeller

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving.

"Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit." — Conrad Hilton

“The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.”

"The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work." — Mark Twain

"I never dreamt of success. I worked for it." — Estée Lauder

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." — Vince Lombardi

"Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success." — Virat Kohli

"The only thing standing between you and outrageous success is continuous progress." — Dan Waldschmidt

"Success isn't always about greatness. It's about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come." — Dwayne Johnson

"Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose." — G.K. Nielson

"The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action." — Alexander Graham Bell

"If you love your work, you’ll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can, and pretty soon everybody around will catch the passion from you – like a fever. " — Sam Walton

"Great companies are built in the office, with hard work put in by a team." — Emily Chang

"Without labor, nothing prospers." — Sophocles

“If you are patient...and wait long enough...Nothing will happen” — Jim Davis creator of Garfield

“It’s so freeing, it’s beautiful in a way, to have a great failure, there’s nowhere to go but up.” — David Lynch

“Don't run before you can crawl. It's a very hard business, full of many, many extremely creative, talented people who work hard and still fail. If you have the basic building blocks behind you, you're much more likely to do well.” — Anna Wintour

“If you're in a job that you hate, don't be scared of seeking out something that might be riskier. Anything can turn into something with passion and hard work.” — Whitney Wolfe Herd

"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat." — F. Scott Fitzgerald

"As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better." — Dr. Steve Maraboli

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." — Albert Einstein

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." — Robert Collier

"If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all." — Michelangelo

"A bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless you fail to make the turn." — Helen Keller

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other." — Walter Elliot

"He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying." — Nietzsche

"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed." — Booker T. Washington

"If you start thinking you are good at something, that's often the day you stop trying to be better and open the back door for someone to come after you. That's why we always aim higher. We never feel like we're done." — Drew Houston

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." — Colin Powell

"Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success." — Dale Carnegie

"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.

"When you do more than you’ paid for, eventually you’ll be paid for more than you do." — Zig Ziglar

"Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." — Winston S. Churchill

"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." — Thomas Paine

"Success isn't always about greatness. It's about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come." — Dwayne

"You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day." — Marian Wright Edelman

"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

"Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations." — Dr. Mae Jemison

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." — Arthur Ashe

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." — Thomas Edison

"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." — Charles R. Swindoll

"Obstacles can't stop you. Problems can't stop you. Most of all, other people can't stop you. Only you can stop you." — Jeffrey Gitomer

"We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success." — Arianna Huffington

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. If we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." — Josh Billings

"The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses — behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights." — Muhammad Ali

"If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it." — Elon Musk

"There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for whatever success I have attained has been the result of much hard work and many sleepless nights." — Madam C.J. Walker

"I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed." — Michael Jordan

"Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment." — Oprah Winfrey

"Do or do not. There is no try." — Yoda

"It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up." — Babe Ruth

"I can say the willingness to get dirty has always defined us as a nation, and it's a hallmark of hard work and a hallmark of fun, and dirt is not the enemy." — Mike Rowe

“There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes.

"There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits." — Michael Phelps

"You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training." — Tom Hopkins

"The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it." ― Epicurus

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." — Walt Disney

"There are no traffic jams on the extra mile." — Zig Ziglar

"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." — Muhammad Ali

"Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning. Once it does, it becomes the kind of thing that makes you grab your wife around the waist and dance a jig." — Malcolm Gladwell

"Impossible is just an opinion." — Paulo Coelho

"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."— Stephen King

"On any given Monday I am one sale closer and one idea away from being a millionaire." — Larry D. Turner

"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible." —Tony Robbins

"If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time." — Steve Jobs

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

"I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." — Thomas Jefferson

"The only thing standing between you and outrageous success is continuous progress." — Dan Waldschmidt

"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." — Isaac Newton

"Sometimes, you have to give up. Sometimes, knowing when to give up, when to try something else, is genius. Giving up doesn’t mean stopping. Don’t ever stop." — Phil Knight

"Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us." — Susan L. Taylor

"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 am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday." — Eleanor Roosevelt

"You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you're doing. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself." — Alan Alda

"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

"People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it." — George Bernard Shaw

"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

"If your teacher, coach, or mentor believes you can do something, you’re more likely to do it." — Gwen Moran

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." — Maya Angelou

"Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable." — Coco Chanel

"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard." — Tim Notke

“As Aristotle said, 'Excellence is a habit.' I would say furthermore that excellence is made constant through the feeling that comes right after one has completed a work which he himself finds undeniably awe-inspiring. He only wants to relax until he's ready to renew such a feeling all over again because to him, all else has become absolutely trivial.” ― Criss Jami

“I've always resented the smug statements of politicians, media commentators, corporate executives who talked of how, in America, if you worked hard you would become rich. The meaning of that was if you were poor it was because you hadn't worked hard enough. I knew this was a lie, about my father and millions of others, men and women who worked harder than anyone, harder than financiers and politicians, harder than anybody if you accept that when you work at an unpleasant job that makes it very hard work indeed.” ― Howard Zinn

“Look to your right... It is the path back home. If you choose, you can take it. It is safe, easy, and comfortable. You do not have to work out or fight or do anything else you do not want to... Or you can keep moving forward. I will not lie to you. I cannot predict what may become of you. It will require a lot of training, hard work, study, and danger. But in the very end, you will know strength. I swear it. You might just become someone who will make a difference in the world.” ― Wesley Chu

“Does the work get easier once you know what you are doing?" "Your lungs grow thick with stone dust and your eyes bleary from the sun and fragments thrown up by the chisel. You pour your lifeblood out into works of stone for Romans who will take your money in taxes to feed soldiers who will nail your people to crosses for wanting to be free. Your back breaks, your bones creak, your wife screeches at you, and your children torment you with open begging mouths, like greedy baby birds in the nest. You go to bed every night so tired and beaten that you pray to the Lord to send the angel of death to take you in your sleep so you don't have to face another morning. It also has its downside.” ― Christopher Moore

“Everything that we enjoy is a result of someone's hard work. Some work is visible and other work goes unseen, but both are equally important. Some people stop working as soon as they find a job. Regardless of the unemployment statistics, it is hard to find good people to work. Many people don't understand the difference between idle time and leisure time. Idle time amounts to wasting or stealing time; leisure time is earned. Procrastinating amounts to not working. Excellence is not luck; it is the result of a lot of hard work and practice. Hard work and practice make a person better at whatever he is doing.” ― Shiv Khera

“Bradley is one of the few basketball players who have ever been appreciatively cheered by a disinterested away-from-home crowd while warming up. This curious event occurred last March, just before Princeton eliminated the Virginia Military Institute, the year's Southern Conference champion, from the NCAA championships. The game was played in Philadelphia and was the last of a tripleheader. The people there were worn out, because most of them were emotionally committed to either Villanova or Temple-two local teams that had just been involved in enervating battles with Providence and Connecticut, respectively, scrambling for a chance at the rest of the country. A group of Princeton players shooting basketballs miscellaneously in preparation for still another game hardly promised to be a high point of the evening, but Bradley, whose routine in the warmup time is a gradual crescendo of activity, is more interesting to watch before a game than most players are in play. In Philadelphia that night, what he did was, for him, anything but unusual. As he does before all games, he began by shooting set shots close to the basket, gradually moving back until he was shooting long sets from 20 feet out, and nearly all of them dropped into the net with an almost mechanical rhythm of accuracy. Then he began a series of expandingly difficult jump shots, and one jumper after another went cleanly through the basket with so few exceptions that the crowd began to murmur. Then he started to perform whirling reverse moves before another cadence of almost steadily accurate jump shots, and the murmur increased. Then he began to sweep hook shots into the air. He moved in a semicircle around the court. First with his right hand, then with his left, he tried seven of these long, graceful shots-the most difficult ones in the orthodoxy of basketball-and ambidextrously made them all. The game had not even begun, but the presumably unimpressible Philadelphians were applauding like an audience at an opera.” ― John McPhee

“We often want quick answers, quick results, instant rewards, and that’s normal in our high tech, instant, Google driven world. To take that first step towards reaching a goal or realizing a dream, knowing that there will perhaps be a thousand more steps to follow in order to make it happen, can be daunting. It’s simple and yet complicated. The simple part of achieving success is that it just takes work. For me, staying focused on my goals and envisioning my dreams every day, makes the work flow almost on its own. The hard part is the mindset, and to not self sabotage, because you don’t believe in yourself. We often think we can’t achieve our wildest dreams or that we are somehow incapable, and then we never, ever take that first step. I never felt that I was a very confident person, but with the support of some wonderful people and my own inner fire, I kept going. The hardest part after working and working, was to actually accept that I deserved success. Success in itself is kind of scary too, as it comes with having to be responsible, and not flake out. The people who have supported you and invested in you deserve that. I guess what I am trying to say is that if you want something, you have to take action. A little step towards it every day. Then there is a reason to feel accomplished every day. Match your energy and vibration with what you envision. Believe. You deserve success, so go for it.” ― Riitta Klint

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