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40 Powerful Productivity Quotes From Highly Successful People

40 Powerful Productivity Quotes From Highly Successful People

Looking for motivation to stay productive and achieve your goals and dreams? Get inspired by the words from these highly successful people!

Here are 40 powerful productivity quotes from some of the highly successful people. Learn from the words and work on your mind:

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – Francis Of Assisi

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    Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can’t miss. – Lee Iacocca

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      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

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        The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney

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          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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            People often remark that I’m pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the change to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know how to use it. – Frank Sinatra

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              Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. – Oprah Winfrey

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                Infinite striving to be the best is man’s duty; It is its own reward. Everything else is in god’s hands.

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                  It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. – Albert Einstein

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                    You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. – Zig Ziglar

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                      Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night. – Michael Jordan

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                        Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. – Norman Vincent Peale

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                          How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees? – William Shakespeare

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                            The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself. – Oscar Wilde

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                              He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. – Muhammad Ali

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                                Plans are nothing; planning is everything. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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                                  There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction. – John F. Kennedy

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                                    If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

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                                      It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. – Mark Twain

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                                        You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want. – Zig Ziglar

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                                          Learning never exhausts the mind. – Leonardo da Vinci

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                                            Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people. – John D. Rockefeller

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                                              Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip. – John Locke

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                                                Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness. – Sigmund Freud

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                                                  Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1. – Warren Buffett

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                                                    Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. – Henry Ford

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                                                      Gentleness doesn’t get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs. – Coco Chanel

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                                                        Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant. – Colin Powell

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                                                          Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate. – Bertrand Russell

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                                                            He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year. – Leonardo da Vinci

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                                                              Remember that failure is an event, not a person. – Zig Ziglar

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                                                                Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honhonor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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                                                                  Discussion is an exchange of knowledge an argument an exchange of ignorance. – Robert Quillen

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                                                                      Luck is not chance, it’s toil; Fortune’s expensive smile is earned. – Emily Dickinson

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                                                                        Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. – Stephen hawking

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                                                                          Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. – Pablo Picasso

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                                                                            The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away. – Ronald Reagan

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                                                                              When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results. – Warren Buffett

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                                                                                Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday. – John Wayne

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                                                                                  Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

                                                                                  Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

                                                                                  Bristol is the most congested city in England. Whenever I have to work at the office, I ride there, like most of us do. Furthermore, I always make sure to go at off hours; otherwise, the roads are jam-packed with cars, buses, bikes, even pedestrians. Why is that? Because everyone is working a traditional 9 to 5 work day.

                                                                                  Where did the “9 to 5” Come From?

                                                                                  It all started back in 1946. The United States government implemented the 40 hour work week for all federal employees, and all companies adopted the practice afterwards. That’s 67 years with the same schedule. Let’s think about all the things that have changed in the 67 years:

                                                                                  • We went to the moon, and astronauts now live in space on the ISS.

                                                                                  • Computers used to take up entire rooms and took hours to make a single calculation. Now we have more powerful computers in our purses and back pockets with our smartphones.

                                                                                  • Lots of employees can now telecommute to the office from hundreds, and even thousands of miles away.

                                                                                  In 1946 a 9-5 job made sense because we had time after 5pm for a social life, a family life. Now we’re constantly connected to other people and the office, with the Internet, email on our smartphones, and hashtags in our movies and television shows. There is no downtime anymore.

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                                                                                  Different Folks, Different Strokes

                                                                                  Enjoying your downtime is an important part of life. It recharges your batteries and lets you be more productive. Allowing people to balance life and work can provide them with much needed perspective and motivation to see the bigger picture of what they are trying to achieve.

                                                                                  Some people are just more productive when they’re working at their optimal time of day, after feeling well rested and personally fulfilled.  For some that can be  from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m; for others, it could be  2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

                                                                                  People have their own rhythms and routines. It would be great if we could sync our work schedule to match. Simply put, the imposed 8-hour work day can be a creativity and morale killer for the average person in today’s world.

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                                                                                  Fostering creativity among employees is not always an easy endeavor, but perhaps a good place to start is by simply not tying their tasks and goals to a fixed time period. Let them work on their to-do list at their own pace, and chances are, you’ll get the best out of your employee who feels empowered instead of babysat.

                                                                                  That’s not to say that you should  allow your team to run wild and do whatever they want, but restricting them to a 9 to 5 time frame can quickly demoralize people. Set parameters and deadlines, and let them work at their own creative best with the understanding that their work is crucial to the functioning of the entire team.

                                                                                  Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur who previously worked in broadcasting, noted to Inc that from her experience, “treating employees like grown-ups made it more likely that they would behave the same way.” The principle here is to have your employees work to get things done, not to just follow the hands on the clock.

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                                                                                  A Flexible Remote Working Policy

                                                                                  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer famously recalled all her remote workers, saying she wanted to improve innovation and collaboration, but was that the right decision? We’ve all said that we’re often more productive in a half day working from home than a full day working in the office, right? So why not let your employees work remotely from home?

                                                                                  There are definitely varying schools of thought on remote working. Some believe that innovation and collaboration can only happen in a boardroom with markers, whiteboards and post-it notes and of course, this can be true for some. But do a few great brainstorms trump a team that feels a little less stressed and a little more free?

                                                                                  Those who champion remote working often note that these employees are not counting the clock, worried about getting home, cooking dinner or rushing through errands post-work. No one works their 9-5 straight without breaks here and there.  Allowing some time for remote working means employees can handle some non-work related tasks and feel more accomplished throughout the day. Also, sometimes we all need to have a taste of working in our pajamas, right?

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                                                                                  It’ll be interesting to see how many traditional companies and industries start giving their employees more freedom with their work schedule. And how many end up rescinding their policies like Yahoo did.

                                                                                  What are your thoughts of the traditional 9-5 schedule and what are you doing to help foster your team’s productivity and creativity? Hit the comments and let us know.

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