effort

From Thinking Fast and Slow
It is the mark of effortful activities that they interfere with each other.

From Wabi Sabi - the japanese art of impermanence
More than any learned ideas, it was the effort and attitude of the gardener that would decide the outcome of the garden.

From Maverick
In business, effort is too often confused with result.

From Wooden on Leadership
Effort is the ultimate measure of your success.

From Drive
Effort is one of the things that gives meaning to life. Effort means you care about something, that something is important to you and you are willing to work for it. [Carol Dweck]

From All I need to know about manufacturing I learned in Joe's garage
Fanatic: A person who redoubles his effort after having lost his direction.

From Zen in the Art of Archery
You had to suffer shipwreck though your own efforts before you were ready to seize the lifebelt he threw you.

From Mindset
It's startling to see the degree to which people with the fixed mindset do not believe in effort.

From The Conquest of Happiness
To like many people spontaneously and without effort is perhaps the greatest of all sources of personal happiness.

From The Mythical Man Month
Our estimating techniques fallaciously confuse effort with progress.

From The Aesthetics of Change
Cybernetics therefore suggests that 'all change can be understood as the effort to maintain some constancy and all constancy as maintained through change'.

From Simplicity
Simplicity means focused effort.

FromThe Principles and Practice of Fly and Bait Casting
One certain index of efficiency is the absence of effort.

Style is synonymous with efficiency, and style and effort do not go together.

Excessive effort is not only uncalled for, but if practised defeats itself.

From Zen Bow, Zen Arrow
One day of effort is one day of bliss; One day of sloth is a hundred years of regret.