Arnold Schwarzenegger is a man whose journey has taken him from a small Austrian farm to becoming an iconic Mr Olympia body building champion from then he became one of the greatest action hero’s of the 20th century. He started off from being an immigrant to becoming the governor of the great state of California. He has impacted many people’s lives in many different ways, but what were his secrets to success? What drove this man to achieve so much? What impacted him to go for such wants and desires? Well while addressing the University of California Arnold shared a brief moment of his secrets to success so here below are Arnold’s 6 secrets to success.
Trust yourself: Look inside you and ask yourself who do you want to be not what but who? Ask yourself truly what makes you happy?
Break the rules: “Its impossible to be a maverick if your too well behaved and don’t want to break the rules.”Arnold Schwarzenegger. j
Don’t Be Afraid to Fail: you can’t always win but don’t ever believe that failure will bring you your initial downfall.
Don’t Listen To The Nay Sayers: how many times have people said to you“you can’t do that or that has never being done before.” Ignore them, listen to yourself and stay true to your vision. j
Work Your But Off: Arnold’s most important rule of all. “You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
Giving Back: “Always find the time to give something back, helping people will give you more satisfaction than anything else you have ever done.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
A sense of trust in your own self is what matters most in life. You can’t listen to the opinions of friends and family if they don’t respect and honour your decision of who you are and what your goals are. You must constantly trust you and your decision of what’s right and what’s meaningful in your life.
If you have trust in your actions and you know that what you’re doing is right for you and you know this will help you find your sense of completion then you must do it. You must break away from the mindset of seeking approval, because not everyone will agree with your actions. Nobody is expected to be loved or liked for every single thing they will do. If you follow yourself and you have trust in your decision then you people may become angry or upset with you. If this person or people mean a lot to you then they need to understand that this is what make you happy, they should find happiness in your happiness. Don’t live life through other people’s narrative. Do the right thing by you to better your life and look to help and impact the people who encourage your growth not hinder it. Love your family and friends and look to better your life for them, but first trust and believe in you. You must have faith in you and stay true to yourself as following the path of success will lead to many obstacles. Only you can provide the direction of your life, your existence comes down to your decision and you alone. If you believe in your own identity, then your reality really is yours to create.
“For me life is continuously being hungry, the meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up and conquer.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
“If somebody told me I couldn’t do something I would go out there and do it.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
Break the rules
Arnold mentioned that he would never get anywhere if he never broke the rules, not breaking the law but breaking the rules. Thinking outside the box can guarantee so many opportunities, which you wouldn’t see if you followed the rules. Rules are designed to keep you safe and under control but as many as life’s greatest risk takers will tell you “life without risk is a life not worth lived.”
In order to achieve your dream results, you must break the rules. You must go beyond these barriers of common thoughts, and forget about playing by the rules. You will need to have the courage to see opportunity in a situation out of your control, as it is in our moments of uncertainty that we can achieve something special. Because achieving something worthwhile is special, it’s unique. If we all followed the rules and played life bound by fear, then we will accomplish nothing.
Take risks, if you win you will be grateful of life and be happy for the chance you took. If you lose you will be wise and you will have learned a lesson well beyond that feeling of regret that if you didn’t take that chance.
At the end of our existence all we have is the memory’s of the chances we did and didn’t take so remember to break some rules, look outside the box and create your own opportunity.
Don’t die wondering because you never went beyond the fear of the risk. Take the risks and find the opportunity’s which lie in wait.
Katherine Hepburn had an amazing quote which say’s “Follow all the rules and you will miss all the fun.”
History is made by the individuals who took the risks and went beyond them to create their own desired outcome.
Don’t Be Afraid To fail
When you bring in the option of fail and you accept that it’s ok to fail in your mind, you immediately give yourself the option of an out. You have limited your chances of success by referring to the fact that if things do go wrong then it is ok to quit. Your Lives though deserve constant commitment of you and your effort. A great quote from the author J.K Rowling say’s “In life failure is inevitable we will all fail at something in life, even if we live so cautiously that we never fail, then we have failed by default.” Physically embrace that failure that will happen. Embrace failure so much that you look forward to it happening because only through failure will you learn to succeed, and then when failure does happen, it gives you the opportunity to go at it with more experience and better perspective than before.
Don’t believe that failure is the end all. Failure is just another chance to learn to succeed.
The greatest example of failing his way to success is the story of Thomas Edison who failed a thousand times before he perfected the light bulb. His failure and perseverance has changed how we view the world today.
“Believe in your vision and don’t be afraid to fail.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
Don’t Listen To The Nay Sayers
Many people figuratively hold the potential of other peoples dream and ambitions in their hands. They hold the overall destiny of people by literally telling them what they can and cant do.
You can do anything you want. Take Arnold for example he was told by the Hollywood agents that he never would make it as an actor, they said his name and his accent would be a detriment to him. No one understands your desire but you. Arnold listened to himself instead of the naysayers. If he listened to others he would have limited his own beliefs into the limitations of others.
At the end of the day this is your life and this is your experience. You have to acknowledge that people will want to limit your power because people don’t want to experience change and they find it hard to accept change. Where as you may want others to accept and embrace the change quickly and efficiently as possible understand that you loved ones may not be as ready for the change as you are, to help smooth this process along gradually change onto people so they can come to terms more easier with the new you instead of this huge overall of your personality.
You must never listen to the people who hold you back and don’t push you to where you want to go look for your own way of doing thing’s embrace your difference of who you, your human DNA is so unique that it will never be repeated again, that makes this moment ever more so special.
“People will tell you No, you can’t do that. You will get this at every turn you make don’t listen go where it is empty.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
Work Your But Off
This is Arnolds number one most important and powerful rule and you too should make it your own. Work hard, Work harder than anyone else you know. You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets. In all aspects of life, you must work hard your only true results and value will come from the effort and commitment you put forward into achieving your goals. If it was easy then everyone would do it. Everybody would have success.
Now be smart when it comes to hard work, look to put hard work put into yourself and your own life will reward you with the results you want, work hard for someone else and they will be rewarded with results.
Steve Jobs once said “That’s been one of my mantras focus + stability. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple but it’s worth it in the end because once you get there you can move mountains.” Keep your mind focused on hard work, believe in your vision and the results will be there waiting for you.
“You can have results or excuses. Not both.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
No Matter how much you give and reward yourself you will never find something more rewarding than giving back. There is a great quote from Winston Churchill which say’s “We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.” There is nothing more rewarding or satisfying than giving back. Never forget where you come from always find time to give something back there is nothing more rewarding or satisfying than giving back to where you come from or people less fortunate than yourself. Don’t first think of helping everybody but just first manage to help somebody.
The power of giving and the effects it has on others is a contagious effect. The happiness you will receive will come from the happiness you share with others. Soon as you begin to master your inner self you give off more of your outer self to other’s because of the impact your making, and remember at the end of our life we are surrounded by the people whose lives we have impacted.
We in turn are not just our own version of ourselves but we are the version of how we affect others who follow us.
Thank you for reading guys, believe in you and follow your vision. Stay dedicated and true to your heart, never let the opinions of others sway you and be fortunate of the opportunity you are given. Live your life to the fullest guys.