While we’re in the final stretch of summer, don’t let these last few weeks of sunshine and weekend getaways get in your way of going out with a bang. The end of the summer is the perfect time to get ahead and prepare yourself for a successful fall.

Of course, when the beach is calling your name, it is not easy to revamp your motivation and pivot your focus back to work. However, if you want to be successful, you not only have to force yourself back on track but rather, get yourself excited as the next season comes. To do so, why not take a note from someone else’s book? Lucky for you, there are a number of influential and successful people to turn to. 

From Oprah Winfrey to Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, to kick yourself into gear in a big way, take a look at these inspirational quotes from 20 entrepreneurial geniuses worldwide.

  1. “In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” — Mark Zuckerberg
  2. “Finding an opportunity is a matter of believing it’s there.” — Barbara Corcoran
  3. “Your legacy is being written by yourself. Make the right decisions.” — Gary Vaynerchuk 
  4. You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou
  5. “You have to trust in something; your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever, because believing that the dots will connect down the road, will give you the confidence to follow your heart.”
    Steve Jobs
  6. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford
  7. “You want to be extra rigorous about making the best possible thing you can. Find everything that’s wrong with it and fix it. Seek negative feedback, particularly from friends.”
    Elon Musk 
  8. “It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable.” — Sara Blakely 
  9. “I don’t look to jump over seven-foot bars: I look around for one-foot bars that I can step over.” — Warren Buffett
  10. “What is the one-sentence summary of how you change the world? Always work hard on something uncomfortably exciting!” — Larry Page
  11. “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” — Oprah Winfrey
  12. “Each day that you’re moving toward your dreams without compromising who you are, you’re winning.” Michael Dell 
  13. “Listen to that voice that tells you what you could do. Nothing will define your character more than that.” — Steven Spielberg 
  14. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn to walk by doing and by falling over.”
    Richard Branson 
  15. To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  16. “It is the hard days — the times that challenge you to your very core — that will determine who you are.” — Sheryl Sandberg
  17. “In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story.” — Jeff Bezos
  18. “Once you have found out what you love to do, there is only one goal. How can you be the best in the world at it? It doesn’t matter if you are a filing clerk, an athlete, an accountant or a bartender. All that matters is that you do whatever you can to be the best.” — Mark Cuban
  19. “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” — J.K. Rowling
  20. “Don’t compare yourself to anyone else in the world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.” — Bill Gates