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50 Powerful Productivity Quotes to Inspire You Right Now

These are some of my favorite quotes about getting things done that inspire me every time I read them. In my effort to verify the source of the quotes, I linked to a few interesting pages that delve into the meaning of the quote or otherwise showcase the person.

  1. It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. – Albert Einstein
  2. If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win. – Carl Lewis
  3. You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want. – Zig Ziglar
  4. 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
  5. Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night. – Michael Jordan
  6. All our productivity, leverage, and insight comes from being part of a community, not apart from it. The goal, I think, is to figure out how to become more dependent, not less. – Seth Godin
  7. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. – Muhammad Ali
  8. All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else. – Plato
  9. Remember that failure is an event, not a person. – Zig Ziglar
  10. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. – Stephen Hawking
  11. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. – Fred Devito
  12. Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else. – Peter Drucker
  13. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Martin Luther King
  14. Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. – Sam Levenson
  15. Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. – Stephen King
  16. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. – Bruce Lee
  17. Why do anything unless it is going to be great? – Peter Block
  18. If you want an easy job to seem mighty hard, just keep putting it off. – Richard Miller
  19. It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. – Aristotle
  20. What looks like multitasking is really switching back and forth between multiple tasks, which reduces productivity and increases mistakes by up to 50 percent. – Susan Cain
  21. Ordinary people think merely of spending time, great people think of using it. – Arthur Schopenhauer
  22. I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity. – Oprah Winfrey
  23. If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other talent. – Sir Issac Newton
  24. Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success. – Thomas Watson
  25. Action is the foundational key to all success. – Picasso
  26. While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior. – Henry C. Link
  27. Life is too complicated not to be orderly. – Martha Stewart
  28. The merit in action lies in finishing it to the end. – Genghis Khan
  29. Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. – Paul J. Meyer
  30. The best way out is always through. – Robert Frost
  31. The really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination, those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. They’re full of eagerness, zest, productivity. You can be, too. – Norman Vincent Peale
  32. The way we measure productivity is flawed. People checking their BlackBerry over dinner is not the measure of productivity. – Timothy Ferriss
  33. Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford
  34. The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. – Stephen Covey
  35. Creativity isn’t about wild talent as much as it’s about productivity. To find new ideas that work, you need to try a lot that don’t. It’s a pure numbers game. – Robert Sutton
  36. It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less. – Nathan W. Morris
  37. If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough. – Mario Andretti
  38. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky
  39. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change. – Charles Darwin
  40. You don’t need a new plan for next year. You need a commitment. Seth Godin
  41. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. – Bruce Lee
  42. Great acts are made up of small deeds. Lao Tzu
  43. Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. Napoleon Hill
  44. If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. Thomas Edison
  45. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan
  46. If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.Ecclesiastes 11:4-6
  47. Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. – William James
  48. Forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe the one reason why it will. – Ziad K. Abdelnour
  49. have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas Edison
  50. 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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