Famous for his rock-hard body and his famous line “I’ll be back” from the Terminator, he is one of the most inspiring human beings on Earth thus far. A man that always pushed his limits and never took the easy way out. I say “human being” and not only man because whether you are a female or male, you can replicate the persistent, hard-work, resilience and never give up attitude Arnold Schwarzenegger has.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, producer, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, politician and former professional bodybuilder. He was intense and wanted to always be number one whether as a movie star or as a bodybuilder. He had a burning desire to be part of something big, so he left Austria and came to America to follow his dream to live out the “American dream.” He did this by becoming a bodybuilder in which he saw as his way in. He wanted to be different, he was driven to think big and pushed his limits in every possible way. He constantly read books to figure out how to be the best body builder. At a young age, he decorated his bedroom wall with pictures of all his visions. His mother saw this and thought he had something wrong with him and brought a doctor to his house. The doctor said he was fine and that he was just different than most kids.
Later down the line, he took acting classes, English classes, classes to get rid of his accent and after the craziest amount of persistence, he finally broke through — even after people who have told him it would be impossible for him. He is one of the most intense human beings out there along with one of the hardest workers. He has truly lived out an inspiring “American dream.” I understand that there is some controversy with his personal life and his marriage, but I don’t think anybody has
For those of us that live in developed countries, we truly are blessed and I believe it is our duty to manifest our greatness and keep fighting through things that are “impossible.” Don’t ever settle. We as human beings are meant to thrive and succeed, so don’t settle for “Okay.” Keep searching for the “magical” and for the “amazing” and the “extraordinary” type of future for yourself. Don’t listen to what others are saying, including your parents. Keep listening to what you’re body is saying, you know best. Just GO FOR IT! If anybody tells you, you can’t do something, remind yourself of how much Arnold has accomplished and when everyone told him everything he accomplished was “impossible.”
Here are Arnold’s 6 rules for success:
- Trust Yourself
Arnold has advised all of us to dig deep down and search inside you. You have all the answers and ask yourself, who do you want to be? Not what your parents or what society wants from you, but think about what makes YOU happy, and do exactly that. It is easy to get lost in what other people want from you, but when you listen and trust yourself, it is then when extraordinary things start to happen. If you need help, maybe a good starting point would be reading one of the self-help books from my post.
2. Break the Rules
Always think outside the box. Stop hoping everyone will like you by staying on a path that others see you or on a path that is comfortable. Sometimes the path that others take doesn’t always mean that same path will work for you or is the one you should take. The famous quote “Well behaved women, rarely make history” does have some truth in it. The way I perceive that is if you keep taking the same path that you are “supposed” to take, then we won’t ever advance and see what gifts you could have given us by not being a risk-taker. As I get older, I am starting to realize that there is no “right” path to success. Success could mean you are the most compassionate, caring stay-at-home mom or it could mean you have built some of the most amazing things like Elon Musk. Either way, I think they are both great successes.
3. Don’t be Afraid to Fail
Arnold always was willing to fail. Don’t be afraid of making decisions. It’s easier to change your path then not taking action because you are indecisive. Success will come in the process of your “failures.” Sometimes, the best chance we have for growth is when we “fail.” Keep trying, keep making time for self-improvement and keep pushing yourself to get one step closer to your goals. They say the way to improve yourself, is to better yourself. Don’t take self-improvement with a grain of salt. Take it full head-on.
4. Don’t Listen to the Naysayers
Stop listening to people who say “it can’t be done.” This is never true, and if you are the first one to do it, then you are the leader — and that is pretty amazing. Don’t take no as an answer. If Bill Gates or Henry Ford listen to the people who said it could not be done, then maybe the way we are living now would be much different. Remind yourself daily, yes you can! Post sticky notes around your house if you need the daily reminder. I did this to be able to wake up to the gym in the morning. I attached a sticky note saying “If not now, then when” near my bedside to get myself up to get my workout done. Do whatever works for you!
5. Work Your Butt Off
Arnold says you never want to fail because you didn’t work hard enough. It is important to have fun in life, but you have 24 hours in a day, and that gives you so much opportunity to accomplish a lot in those hours apart from the time you are sleeping. This is where “Early to bed and early to rise” can help you out a lot. If you need some help on how to wake up early, read my post here. I would also suggest that you listen to this the night before, so that when you wake up, this is the first thing on your mind. This video allows you to stop being stuck in your comfort zone. It’s always important to listen to things that will allow you to take action, to help you endure, to never give up, to have a winner’s mindset. Now, that is not to say, you should feel “stuck” or not content where you are. I just want you to know you deserve to take action of your life. As Les Brown says, “You have greatness in you” and I truly believe you do.
6. You Must Always Find Time to Give Back
It is necessary to give back because you can’t be great if you are a hoarder. If you keep holding all that you know, then you can’t grow. Someone once told me that giving back is like a fountain. If you give back, then the fountain will flourish and new set of water will always come back. If you don’t give back, it’s stuck the way it is. Sure, giving back should be an altruistic, selfless notion, but the truth is that giving back is good for both the giver and the recipient. Giving back reduces stress, depression, blood pressure and so much more! It’s one of the keys to happiness hence why I believe it is on Arnold’s list.
As you go into this world, I hope you guys can remember to implement some, if not all, of these rules into your daily routines. Never stop working hard and never stop being who you are in the process.
I hope you guys can say “I’ll be back” like Arnold for my blog and come back next week for more motivation! Here’s a motivational clip of Arnold, if you need more of a motivation to be a badass!
Thank you for reading.
Until next time,
“Passion, through a regulator, is a powerful spring.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson