You may like or hate his politics, his personal life, or his movies.
But one thing you can’t argue with is that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s journey from a poor youth in Austria to a champion bodybuilder, millionaire businessman, Hollywood movie star and even Governor of California is a story of success from which we can all learn something.
I recently ran across this YouTube clip of Arnold giving a commencement speech at the University of South California, in which he shares his 6 Rules of Success. I must say that I couldn’t agree more with his rules (although I might change #5 to “Work Smarter.”).
Following is a list of his rules — along with some quotes from his speech:
1. Trust Yourself.
“You have to dig deep down and ask yourselves, ‘who do you want to be?’ Not what, but who? Not what your parents and your teachers want you to be, but you. I’m talking about figuring out for yourselves what makes you happy no matter how crazy it may sound to other people.”
2. Break Some Rules.
“It is impossible to be a maverick or a true original if you’re too well behaved and don’t want to break the rules. What is the point of being on this earth if all you want to do is be liked by everyone and avoid trouble?”
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Fail.
“You can’t always win, but don’t be afraid of making decisions. You can’t be paralyzed by fear of failure or you will never push yourself. You keep pushing because you believe in yourself and in your vision and you know that it is the right thing to do.”
4. Ignore the Naysayers.
“How many times have you heard that, ‘you can’t do this, and you can’t do that, and it’s never been done before?’ I love it when someone says that no one has ever done this before, because then when I do it that means that I’m the first one that has done it. So pay no attention to the people that say it can’t be done.”
5. Work Your Butt Off.
“Mohammed Ali, one of my great heroes, had a great line in the ’70s when he was asked, ‘How many sit-ups do you do?’ He said, ‘I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting And that’s the way it is with everything.when it starts hurting. When I feel pain, that’s when I start counting, because that’s when it really counts.’ That’s what makes you a champion.
“Just remember – you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.”
I wholeheartedly agree that hard work is vital to success. Just be sure that you’re not adding “window dressing” work instead of working smarter.
6. Give Something Back.
“Whatever path that you take in your lives, you must always find time to give something back to your community. Reaching out and helping people will bring you more satisfaction than anything else you have ever done.”