Motivate Your Team With These 15 Quotes About Teamwork and Grit

Motivate Your Team With These 15 Quotes About Teamwork and Grit

Grit is a term created by Penn professor Angela Duckworth to describe the concept of conscientiousness and courage. To be gritty is to always strive for achievement, follow through on commitments with endurance, demonstrate resilience, and gain confidence through excellence.

Soft skills are important to our service quality and success, and grit is a unique soft skill that is just as essential as the rest. Grit helps us develop a growth mindset and learn to accept failure and become better because of it. Through grit, we can discover our purpose and consistently strive to fulfill it.

Being a gritty team member is instrumental in your team and your business’ success. Bringing grit to the table allows us to find inspiration in our teammates and lift each other up no matter how detrimental the circumstances and obstacles. In a team of gritty people, we can empower each other’s expertise and support each others’ talents to reach unprecedented success and satisfaction.

Increased quality teamwork brings us many benefits, such as trust, cohesion, and creativity among employees. It helps us resolve issues and learn more than we can on our own. Teamwork also allows us to take healthy risks knowing our coworkers have our backs. Even in a team, we still benefit individually as we can feel a greater ownership of our work.

To spark motivation to become their grittiest selves and work passionately in a team, share these 15 quotes with your team.

Quotes About Teamwork and Grit

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”  Michael Jordan


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it's the only thing that ever has."  Margaret Mead


"To be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. It's not a sprint; it's a marathon."  Angela Duckworth


“Desire is the key to motivation, but it is determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” – Mario Andretti


"Without effort, your skill is nothing more than what you could have done but didn’t." – Angela Duckworth


"Grit is about having what researchers call an 'ultimate concern,' a goal you care about so much that it organizes and gives meaning to almost everything you do. And grit is holding steadfast to that goal even when you fall." – Angela Duckworth


"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination."  Tommy Lasorda


"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock  Thomas Jefferson


"True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done. No moral man can have peace of mind if he leaves undone what he knows he should have done." – John Wayne


“None of us is as smart as all of us.”  Ken Blanchard


“It takes two flints to make a fire.”  Louisa May Alcott


"When you form a team, why do you try to form a team? Because teamwork builds trust and trust builds speed.”  Russel Honore


"None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”  Mother Teresa


“Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results.”  Ifeanyi Onuoha


“Teams share the burden and divide the grief.”  Doug Smith



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