In the speech below he talks about his six rules for success:
Lets have a look at his six rules:
1. Trust Yourself
This is most important. You need to to have that self-belief to accomplish the goals that you set yourself. You need to trust yourself that you make the right decisions. You need to trust yourself that you hang out with the right people. You need to trust yourself that once you have made those decisions that you can do the work necessary to accomplish what you want.
2. Break the Rules
We live in a society that expects us to do things at certain times in our lives. We are supposed to work 9 to 5 for a reputable company. We are supposed to get married at a certain age. We are supposed to have children and then buy a house and save for retirement blah, blah. blah. But why? Why do we have to do these things? Because society says? As Arnold says, don't break the law, but break the rules.
3. Don't be afraid to fail
This is really big. To be successful, you need to accept that you might fail and failing is OK. It is OK to fail because as they say, one failure is one step to towards success. Thomas Edison was said to have failed thousands of times before he discovered the lightbulb. Be persistent and the right thing will present itself.
4. Don't listen to the naysayers
There will always be people who will want to bring you down and the reason for that is that what you are trying to do is something they can't comprehend. It is out of their comfort zone so to make themselves feel better they will say that you can't do it. Don't listen to them. Listen to yourself. You know what the right decision is.
5. Work your butt off
Work hard. It is the most important one in this list. Work when others are playing. Work when others are sleeping. You will find the results that you are looking for. As Arnold says, when you are out playing someone else is out there working hard to beat you. You can't let them. You need to work hard to become the person you have always wanted to be.
6. Give something back
Life has given you a lot so to give something back is a great way to complete these rules. What are some examples of this? Well, you could coach some children in a sport you love or you could volunteer by teaching some kind of class. There are many ideas out there. Find something that suits you.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is certainly my hero. He left his homeland to chase a dream and he has certainly made it. I wish that I could have a tiny fraction of his success.