25 quotes about work to help you appreciate its significance

quotes about workToday I offer you 25 quotes about work, which I hope will get you thinking.

However, first, consider this question. What exactly is work?

Well, Physics offers a definition, of course. Essentially it says that it’s the effort required to move a force through a distance.

However, that’s not really my point today. I’m talking about work in relation to people. That thing that, for most people, takes up eight hours of our time each and every weekday. Now, in that sense, work is simply doing stuff for other people in exchange for money.

Do what you enjoy doing:

Ideally, you should be doing stuff you enjoy doing because if you enjoy it you’ll do it well and if you do it well you’ll enhance your value over the long term. And if you really enjoy what you’re doing it won’t seem like work at all.

However if you’re doing stuff for just one person, regardless of how much you enjoy it, essentially you’re just trading your time for money.

Now I’m not suggesting that there’s anything wrong with trading your time. After all, that’s the way most people work. However, that’s not the way to earn serious money, unless you work on Wall Street.

Serve one for many:

To generate a significant income, for most people, you need to be doing stuff for many people simultaneously. One for many, rather than one for one.

For instance, if you write a bestselling book, record a bestselling music album or produce a bestselling video these activities can lead to you making serious money. A period of work by you produces a product which potentially gives pleasure to millions.

Become an entrepreneur:

Starting a business and selling products by the thousand is another way to make serious money. Becoming an entrepreneur is another way to serve one for many.

The key message for you today dear reader is this; working one-for-one can make you a living. Working one-to-many can make you a fortune, particularly if you can continue to serve the many whilst you’re sleeping.

Whether it’s becoming a creative person, a performing artist, or starting a business. These are the roads to real riches.

It’s never easy of course but it can be done and people do. You could too with a little self-belief.

Here are 25 inspirational quotes about work to get you thinking about it.

Quotes about work (1-16):

  1. Honour lies in honest toil. ~Grover Cleveland
  2. Without labour, nothing prospers. ~Sophocles
  3. All wealth is the product of labour. ~John Locke
  4. Nothing will work unless you do. ~Maya Angelou
  5. Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat. ~Ann Landers
  6. Good things happen to those who hustle. ~Chuck Noll
  7. The harder I work, the luckier I get. ~Samuel Goldwyn
  8. There is no substitute for hard work. ~Thomas A. Edison
  9. All things are difficult before they are easy. ~Thomas Fuller
  10. The beginning is the most important part of the work. ~Plato
  11. The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work. ~Harry Golden
  12. To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth. ~Pearl S. Buck
  13. He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest. ~Dylan Thomas
  14. The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. ~Vince Lombardi
  15. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. ~Stephen Hawking
  16. Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. ~Confucius

Quotes about work (17-25):

  1. I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. ~Vincent Van Gogh
  2. Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. ~Theodore Roosevelt
  3. Let us realize that: the privilege to work is a gift, the power to work is a blessing, the love of work is success! ~David O. McKay
  4. 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
  5. I’ve learned from experience that if you work harder at it, and apply more energy and time to it, and more consistency, you get a better result. It comes from the work. ~Louis C. K.
  6. Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. ~Booker T. Washington
  7. Everyone has been made for some particular work and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. ~Rumi
  8. All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today. ~Pope Paul VI
  9. 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. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. ~Steve Jobs

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