51 Down To Earth Productivity Quotes


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Getting up for a hard day's work is easy, but making that day productive can be difficult. To help inspire you, we've gathered 51 quotes from influential people throughout history.

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  • 51 Down To Earth Productivity Quotes

    1. 1. Rise early. Work late. Strike oil. J. Paul Getty American Industrialist
    2. 2. The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. Benjamin Mays American Educator, Scholar, Activist
    3. 3. If you haven’t got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over? Jeffrey J. Mayer Author of Time Management for Dummies
    4. 4. What comes first? The clock or the compass? Anonymous One of the best
    5. 5. The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager. Peter F. Drucker Management Consultant & Author
    6. 6. Man’s greatest capital asset is the unexpired years of his productive life. Paul W. Litchfield Ex Chairman, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
    7. 7. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. Henry Ford Founder of Ford Motor Co.
    8. 8. Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before. Franz Kafka German Writer
    9. 9. We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things. Herb Kelleher Chairman Emeritus, Southwest Airlines
    10. 10. I must govern the clock, not be governed by it. Golda Meir 4th Prime Minister of Israel
    11. 11. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Wayne Gretzky Ice Hockey Player
    12. 12. If there is no wind, row. Latin Proverb They knew stuff
    13. 13. Take care of your minutes, and the hours will take care of themselves. Lord Chesterfield British Statesman
    14. 14. Time is the scarcest resource of the manager; if it is not managed, nothing else can be managed. Peter F. Drucker Management Consultant & Author
    15. 15. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done. Bruce Lee Martial Artist & Filmmaker
    16. 16. Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. Stephen King Science Fiction & Fantasy Author
    17. 17. Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, “Certainly I can!” Then get busy and find out how to do it. Theodore Roosevelt 26th President of the United States
    18. 18. The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. C. S. Lewis Irish Poet, Novelist & Literary Critic
    19. 19. Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill Two Time Prime Minister of the UK
    20. 20. The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. Mike Murdock American Televangelist
    21. 21. The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity. Tom Peters Management Author
    22. 22. The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. Chinese Proverb They knew stuff
    23. 23. It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste. Henry Ford Founder of Ford Motor Co.
    24. 24. The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. Vince Lombardi American Football Coach
    25. 25. The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day. Henry Ward Beecher American Clergyman & Social Reformer
    26. 26. You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. Cristopher Columbus European Explorer, Navigator & Colonizer
    27. 27. The greatest oak was once a little nut that held its ground. Anonymous One of the best
    28. 28. People checking their BlackBerry over dinner is not the measure of productivity. Tim Ferris Author of The 4-Hour Workweek
    29. 29. Put your future in good hands – your own. Mark Victor Hansen Co-Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul
    30. 30. Stephen Covey American Author & Keynote Speaker The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.
    31. 31. Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work. Mark Twain American Author & Humorist
    32. 32. Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. Paul J. Meyer Motivational Speaker
    33. 33. Maya Angelou American Author & Poet You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
    34. 34. Coffee is the way I fool myself into believing I'm going to have a productive day. Anonymous One of the best
    35. 35. It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. Walt Disney American Animator & Film Producer
    36. 36. The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it. Ralph Waldo Emerson American Essayist, Lecturer & Poet
    37. 37. When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. Samuel Johnson English Writer, Moralist & Literary Critic
    38. 38. An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox. Lao Tzu Chinese Philosopher
    39. 39. Time stays long enough for those who use it. Leonardo da Vinci Italian Renaissance Polymath
    40. 40. A year from now you will wish you had started today. Karen Lamb Author
    41. 41. Make measurable progress in reasonable time. Jim Rohn American Author & Entrepreneur
    42. 42. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Edison American Inventor & Businessman
    43. 43. By the work one knows the workman. Jean de La Fontaine French Fabulist & Poet
    44. 44. There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. Roger Staubach Former NFL Quarterback
    45. 45. Confidence is the result of hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication. Roger Staubach Former NFL Quarterback
    46. 46. If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it. Anthony J. D’Angelo American Author & Educator
    47. 47. W. Clement Stone American Businessman & Philanthropist Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.
    48. 48. Pablo Picasso Spanish Painter & Sculptor Inspiration exists, but it must find you working.
    49. 49. Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today. Benjamin Franklin Founding Father of the United States
    50. 50. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance, and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. Martin Luther King, Jr. American Clergyman, Activist & Civil Leader
    51. 51. Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest. Leo Babauta Creator of Zen Habits
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