We often refer to people’s achievements as overnight successes and it’s hardly the case. Most of those who made it big in what seems to be no time at all, have sacrificed a lot, went through sleepless nights and most of all, they worked harder than ever.

Take a look at your favorite athletes. Behind their success there are so many years of practice, strict diets and an incredible drive to become the best. Allow the following hard work quotes to discipline and motivate you on your own way to greatness.

Another example are the artists we admire so much — they put everything they’ve got into their passion in order to remain on top for decades. And think of Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, who never took a day off in his 20s. So, you see, great achievements don’t happen overnight, except from maybe when you win the lottery.

If you’ve set a goal for yourself, work hard to achieve it, be patient and all your sacrifices will eventually pay off. And keep in mind that even a great talent that is not constantly nourished will fade away in time.

Here are 30 hard work quotes that will help you keep your eyes on the prize:

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

COLIN POWELL

I can never be safe. I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am. 

BEYONCE

Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard. 

TIM NOTKE

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. 

MAHATMA GANDHI (more Mahatma Gandhi quotes)

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

STUBBY CURRENCE

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 (more Dale Carnegie quotes)

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.

MICHAEL JORDAN (more Michael Jordan quotes)

It’s not about money or connection — it’s the willingness to outwork and out-learn everyone. 

MARK CUBAN (more Mark Cuban quotes)

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

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 (more Vince Lombardi quotes)

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity. 

CALVIN COOLIDGE

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

EMILY CHANG

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

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

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

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

STEPHEN KING

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.

NEWT GINGRICH

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

 STEVE JOBS (more Steve Jobs quotes)

Through hard work, perseverance and a faith in God, you can live your dreams.

BEN CARSON

Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.

LUCILLE BALL

Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work. I live by that. You grind hard so you can play hard. At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it’ll pay off. It could be in a year, it could be in 30 years. Eventually, your hard work will pay off.

KEVIN HART

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

RAY KROC

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense. 

THOMAS EDISON

See, winners embrace hard work.

LOU HOLTZ

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

Entrepreneurship is a great leveler. The wonderful thing is that money is not the sole currency when it comes to starting a business; drive, determination, passion and hard work are all free and more valuable than a pot of cash. 

RICHARD BRANSON

A lot of hard work is hidden behind nice things. 

RALPH LAUREN

I’ve learned that anything in life worth having comes from patience and hard work. 

GREG BEHRENDT

I learned the value of hard work by working hard. 

MARGARET MEAD (more Margaret Mead quotes)

Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice. 

HENRY FORD