You hear the word ‘hustle’ a lot lately – but what does it really mean? Entrepreneurs do it, millennials are after it, and successful people swear by it. No, ‘hustling’ has nothing to do with scamming or forcing someone to do something (although that’s the original definition).
‘Hustle’ today means going after what you want – by spending all your time and energy on working harder than everybody else. Sounds simple enough, right? In fact, many people claim that they hustle day and night. But you’ll be surprised that they haven’t reached their goals yet.
To hustle means to want something more than anybody else that you’re willing to put in the extra hours of work. Often, it could mean missing out on Netflix binges or setting aside vacation plans until next month. Hustling involves sacrifices.
But it’s in those losses than people can gain what they really want. Even former U.S. president Abraham Lincoln spoke of hustle. Truly successful people throughout history: from Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Douglass, to Gary Vaynerchuk and Tony Robbins, all hustled to be where they are now.
Got a goal you’ve been dreaming about? Feel a bit stuck in life? Maybe these quotes about hustling are just what you need to get you going.
Inspirational Quotes about Hustling and Ambition
1.) “Things may come to those who wait…but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln
2.) “As a winner, learn not to let negative comments affect you. Just treat it as firewood that feeds your fire. Soon that fire will be so big and so bright that those who criticized you will smell the smoke, even if they happen to be on the other side of the world.” – Kevin Abdulrahman
3.) “All the so-called ‘secrets of success’ will not work unless you do.” – Jaymin Shah
4.) “If it comes easy, it will go fast.” – Andrena Sawyer
5.) “We live in the land of opportunities. People come from all over the world to hustle and work their way up to places that they could only imagine or dream of.” – Farshad Asl
6.) “Take a leap of faith on your dreams, not for me and not for the society, just for yourself.” – Vinay Garg
7.) “Quit hating and trying to be like the next man. Get on your own grind and be better than the next man, whether you gotta hustle, work a job or whatever. Just do you.” – Surgeo Bell
8.) “Trouble cannot be avoided, you either go looking for it or it will come looking for you.” – Constance Friday
9.) “You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic.” – Stephen C. Hogan
10.) “If you have an idea of what you want to do in your future, you must go at it with almost monastic obsession, be it music, the ballet or just a basic degree. You have to go at it single-mindedly and let nothing get in your way.” – Henry Rollins
Quotes about Hustling To Motivate You
11.) “When I was young, I observed that nine out of 10 things I did were failures. So I did 10 times more work.” – George Bernard Shaw
12.) “Many people think they want things, but they don’t really have the strength, the discipline. They are weak. I believe that you get what you want if you want it badly enough.” – Sophia Loren
13.) “Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.” – William James
14.) “If a man is called 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.
15.) “Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more.” – Edward H. Harriman
16.) “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King
17.) “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
18.) “Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” – Swami Sivananda
19.) “The person who is waiting for something to turn up might start with their shirt sleeves.” – Garth Henrichs
20.) “You’re either changing your life or you’re not. No waiting for this or that or better weather or other hurdles. Hurdles are the change.” – Terri Guillemets
More Powerful Quotes about Hustling
21.) “You are a ghost. Filled with stardust, wearing the bones as the shield and the skin as the cape. Fighting every day and opening up for the new wounds in the hustle of hiding the old scars.” – Akshay Vasu
22.) “WATCH out for your surroundings, UPGRADE your mindset and keep FOCUS.” – Surgeo Bell
23.) “Those at the top of the mountain didn’t fall there.” – Marcus Washling
24.) “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
25.) “He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” – Dutch Proverb
26.) “Hustle beats talent, when talent doesn’t hustle.” – Ross Simmonds
27.) “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
28.) “The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don’t give up.” – Robert Tew
29.) “It’s not about money or connections. It’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone when it comes to your business.” – Mark Cuban
30.) “Be not afraid of going slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb
What do you think about these quotes about hustling?
Do you feel motivated yet? Inspired? Revved up?
Hustling isn’t easy. It’s going to ask you to give up the comforts that you’re used to. Maybe you’ll need to stay up late most nights. Perhaps you’ll spend this summer knocking on doors, studying in your room, or sweating at the gym. But don’t give up! Keep on hustling until your dream is realized.
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