75 Sports Quotes About Hard Work from Renowned Athletes and Coaches

In this post, we’ll share with you very inspiring quotes about hard work and words of encouragement from world-famous athletes and coaches. These quotes not only deliver a new burst of energy after reading them, but they also provide a glimpse into the thoughts of outstanding sportsmen. All of these quotes below have one thing in common: if one wants to be successful in his life’s endeavors, hard effort and perseverance are the only ways to get there.

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  1. I don’t take any day for granted, I work hard, I’m motivated. Gareth Thomas, rugby union player.

  2. Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come. Dwayne Johnson, professional wrestler.

  3. Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams. Donovan Bailey, olympic athlete.

  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, baseball player.

  5. Enjoy your sweat because hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but without it you don’t have a chance. Alex Rodriguez, Baseball shortstop.

  6. If anyone has it in him to work hard, he can rise from the earth and touch the sky. Milkha Singh, track and field athlete.

  7. When you work hard, it’s definitely going to show. That’s why with any athlete, we have struggles, and we have adversity, but as long as you work hard and keep your head down, you will always prevail. Derrick Henry, football running back.

  8. If you work hard and respect the game, the game will respect you. Randy Winn, baseball player.

  9. No matter how talented you are or naturally gifted you are, there’s no substitute to hard work if you got to maintain standards. Rohit Sharma, cricket player.

  10. If you work hard it’s only a matter of time before things start to go right. Valtteri Bottas, race car driver.

  11. I work hard, and I do good, and I’m going to enjoy myself. I’m not going to let you restrict me. Usain Bolt, Jamaican runner.

  12. Be honest and work hard to get what you want. Don’t take shortcuts; you only cheat yourself in the long run. Willie Stargell, Baseball player.

  13. if you believe in yourself and work hard, because anything, and I’m telling you anything, is possible. Kirby Puckett, baseball player.

  14. Work hard in silence, let your success be the noise. – Simone Biles, American gymnast.

  15. The hard days are what make you stronger. – Aly Raisman, Artistic gymnast.

  16. I don’t believe in magic. I believe in hard work. Richie McCaw, rugby player.

  17. There is no way around the hard work. Embrace it. You have to put in the hours because there is always something you can improve. Roger Federer, tennis player.

  18. If you lose, it hurts, but as long as you have fought hard, you can still feel good about yourself. Ivan Lendl, tennis player.

  19. Nothing good comes in life or athletics unless a lot of hard work has preceded the effort. Only temporary success is achieved by taking short cuts. Roger Staubach, football player.

  20. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits. Michael Phelps, American swimmer.

  21. Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference. Lou Holtz, American former football player.

  22. Hard work is not punishment. Hard work is the price of admission for the opportunity to reach sustained excellence. Jay Bilas, basketball analyst.

  23. There’s no substitute for hard work. If you work hard and prepare yourself, you might get beat, but you’ll never lose. Nancy Lieberman, basketball player.

  24. You earn minutes. You earn playing time. You earn opportunities. That comes from hard work and being ready. Luke Walton, basketball coach.

  25. It’s always a changing world but sometimes it’s really good to reflect back on how people who have been around this world a lot longer than we have and how they did things. Character, integrity, manners, the idea that hard work is really the only way to get things done. Sam Saunders, professional golfer.

  26. A ranking, a skill level, doesn’t define you. Hard work is what defines you. Dominique Dillingham, basketball player.

  27. Hard work is not the time you put into it. It’s how committed you are and how much you are getting out of it. Camilo Villegas, professional golfer.

  28. I am motivated and excited to work hard. I have not had the results I’ve wanted, but I’m working hard at it. I’m going to get this thing figured out. Phil Mickelson, professional golfer.

  29. Sometimes opportunities need to come your way, too. But for the most part if you work hard you’ll be blessed. Mika Tafua, American football player.

  30. I work hard, I believe in myself, I believe in the game, I respect the game, I love the game, and I knew at some point in my life that it will come around for me. Kevin Durant, basketball player.

  31. If you put something in your mind that you really want and you work hard towards it, you’re going to achieve those goals. Kevin Na, professional golfer.

  32. If you continue to believe in what you’re doing, continue to work hard, sooner or later your day is going to come. Marcus Ericsson, race car driver.

  33. There are things that life is presenting to you as challenges, obstacles that you need to overcome and work hard to progress and to improve, because everybody does that. Novak Djokovic, tennis player.

  34. The fundamentals are still there, I show up, I work hard. Conor McGregor, MMA.

  35. Hard work always pays off at the end of the day, when you dedicate yourself and sacrifice. Bobby Portis, basketball player.

  36. I work hard because I want to be recognized to be one of the great players of the game. Paul Pierce, basketball player.

  37. But as long as I work hard, I’m going to get what I deserve. That’s what I believe. Xavier Henry, basketball player.

  38. When you work hard, when you play hard, good things will happen. Ron Rivera, American football coach.

  39. Not to worry, but if you work hard and have faith, everything is going to work out for your best interest and that you have a plan. Malcolm Brogdon, basketball player.

  40. Anything is possible as long as you dream it and work hard. No matter what your circumstances are, you always have to put 100 percent into it and things will work out. Ashley Fiolek, motocross racer.

  41. You work hard, you work hard, you eventually get rewarded. Things open up and things become a little easier to you. Zac Rinaldo, Ice hockey player.

  42. When you work hard and have your eye on a goal and when you see yourself getting close to where you want to be, it’s exciting. It’s good to see that the hard work pays off. Jeff Samardzija, baseball pitcher.

  43. Set goals that, when you set them, you think they’re impossible. But then every day you can work towards them, and anything is possible, so keep working hard and follow your dreams. Katie Ledecky, American swimmer.

  44. It has been a long journey, but if you dream and have the ambition and want to work hard, then you can achieve. Mo Farah, long-distance runner.

  45. When times are down, keep believing, keep working hard, and things will pick up. Harry Kane, soccer player.

  46. If you’re not willing to put in the hard work, to endure and fail, there’s no point. You win only if you’re willing to do whatever it takes. Hidilyn Diaz, weightlifter.

  47. If you work harder than somebody else, chances are you’ll beat him though he has more talent than you. Bart Starr, football coach.

  48. 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, baseball player.

  49. In order to be great you have to continue to put in the work. Mookie Betts, baseball player.

  50. Hard work doesn’t start during the game. Hard work starts the night before. Ken Griffey Jr, baseball outfielder.

  51. If you want to be at the highest level, then you have to really work hard every day. Christian Pulisic, soccer player.

  52. The secret? Hard work. And more hard work. Edin Dzeko, soccer player.

  53. You need three things to win: discipline, hard work and, before everything maybe, commitment. No one will make it without those three. Sport teaches you that. Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopian athlete.

  54. Success travels in the company of very hard work. There is no trick, no easy way. John Wooden, basketball coach.

  55. Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you. Arnold Palmer, professional golfer.

  56. There’s always a point where you get knocked down. But I draw on what I’ve learned on the track: If you work hard, things will work out. Lolo Jones, American bobsledder.

  57. Hard work alone won’t guarantee success, but without hard work, I’ll guarantee you won’t have success. Bruce Pearl, basketball coach.

  58. Complacency is the forerunner of mediocrity. You can never work too hard on attitudes, effort and technique. Don Meyer, basketball coach.

  59. No one has come up with a substitute for hard work. Ted Williams, baseball player.

  60. The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it. Wayne Gretzky, ice hockey player.

  61. Dedication, hard work all the time, and belief. Cristiano Ronaldo, soccer player.

  62. I work hard and fight easy. Conor McGregor, MMA.

  63. Anything can happen with hard work and dedication. Jerry West, basketball player.

  64. Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today. Bruce Lee, martial artist.

  65. When you want it bad enough and you train for it bad enough, you don’t have to chase your dreams.  When you work hard, your dreams almost chase you. Jon Jones, MMA.

  66. Every morning I wake up and think how lucky I am to be playing for the team which all my boyhood heroes played for and for my country. I’m a big believer that if you work hard enough you can achieve as much as you want. Tom Cleverley, soccer player.

  67. You do everything you’re supposed to do, you work hard, and what do you do once it doesn’t work out the way you thought it would? You just continue to do the things you do: work hard and be a good guy. Devin Gardner, football quarterback.

  68. You have to be a leader and work hard. When you work hard, and put in the time and effort, teammates will respect it and jump on the train with you. Chris Simms, American football player.

  69. As long as you work hard and work for what you want to do, I feel like you can be successful at whatever you want. Shane Ray, American football player.

  70. You work hard, you’ll be rewarded. Derrick Henry, Football running back.

  71. I’ll never give up because that’s how I was raised. Life isn’t easy, but you work hard for the things you want. Rob Smith, American football player.

  72. If you work hard enough at something, if you believe in yourself and keep on pushing, it can happen. Kofi Kingston, professional wrestler.

  73. I prefer to earn my opportunities because I firmly believe things last longer when you work hard for them. It just means more. Felice Herrig, kickboxer.

  74. When you work hard and you stay positive, good results happen and you get the lucky bounces,” Anderson said. “It’s remarkable. Craig Anderson, Ice hockey goaltender.

  75. You set a goal to be the best and then you work hard every hour of every day, striving to reach that goal. If you allow yourself to settle for anything less than number one, you are cheating yourself. Don Shula, football coach.



A fun quiz is a great way to summarize the lessons we can take from these inspiring quotes. This fun quiz is intended to help you remember the key ideas and takeaways from the quotes in our blog post.

How to play?

In this quiz, you must complete the quote you’ve just read from various athletes and coaches by selecting the correct option from the options provided. The aim of this quiz is to help you recall key takeaways from the quotes. You will receive one point for selecting the correct option. Are you ready? Let’s get started.



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