Quotes About Effort & Reward

Putting in the effort is important in all matters of life.  Whether it’s in our work, relationships, or finances, effort is what drives us to reach our goals and experience contentment and success.

Effort teaches us to take responsibility for our actions, as well as provides us with a sense of accomplishment when we achieve success.

When we put in the effort, we build confidence, resilience and self-esteem—all essential qualities for achieving success and continual improvement.

As Thomas Edison famously said, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” This means that in order to achieve success, we have to put in the hard work, stay focused, motivated and determined throughout the journey.

The following quotes about effort all help to highlight just how important effort is in progress and achievement in all areas of life.


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Quotes About Effort in Life


“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.” Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi quote on how satisfaction lies in the effort


“Think about your hero. Do you think of this person as someone with extraordinary abilities who achieved with little effort? Now go find out the truth. Find out the tremendous effort that went into their accomplishment—and admire them more.” Carol Dweck


“The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.” Denis Waitley


Denis Waitley quote on the effort you apply


“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


“If you’re not gonna go all the way, why go at all?” Joe Namath


“Try to see the good in others. When you’re tempted to judge someone, make an effort to see their goodness. Your willingness to look for the best in people will subconsciously bring it forth.” Marianne Williamson


“There is only one thing in life you can control: Your own effort.” Mark Cuban


“All the effort in the world won’t matter if you’re not inspired.” Chuck Palahniuk


“In one world, effort is a bad thing. It, like failure, means you’re not smart or talented. If you were, you wouldn’t need effort. In the other world, effort is what makes you smart or talented.” Carol S. Dweck


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


“Success isn’t something you chase. It’s something you have to put forth the effort for constantly. Then maybe it’ll come when you least expect it. Most people don’t understand that.” Michael Jordan


“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


“Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.” John Ruskin


“Effort is one of those things that gives meaning to life. Effort means you care about something, that something is important to you and you are willing to work for it.” Carol S. Dweck


“In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.” James Allen


“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” Napoleon Hill


“Success is dependent on effort.” Sophocles


“The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” Roger Bannister


“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.” John Wooden


“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


“If you want to cultivate a habit, do it without any reservation, till it is firmly established. Until it is so confirmed, until it becomes a part of your character, let there be no exception, no relaxation of effort.” Mahavira


“I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.” Charles Schwab


“The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.” Henri Nouwen


“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.” John Wooden


“You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.” Bob Nelson


“Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make.” Eckhart Tolle


Effort Quotes For Students


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


“Action is the fundamental key to success.” Pablo Picasso


“The expert in anything was once a beginner.” Helen Hayes


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


“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” Vince Lombardi


“Success is the sum of small efforts being repeated day in and day out.” Robert Collier


“There’s no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.” Unknown



Effort might not always bring immediate reward or recognition but it will lead to greater growth and development opportunities, which then leads to success. People who are willing to put in the effort have a better chance of achieving what they set out to do than those who don’t.

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