A very good evening to all my readers
Hope my post finds you well and dandy
Have you ever experienced feeling exhausted after you put so much effort into pursuing a goal?
Have you ever felt discouraged when you realize that you are still so far from your objectives no matter how strong your desire is to achieve them?
Have you ever asked yourself ‘what are the rules of success of accomplished people?
I personally have experienced all of the above and I can guarantee you that these are not pleasant feelings, they cause a lot of frustration and they can bring you to breaking point.
In my quest to find an answer to the question of obtaining success, I came across Arnold Schwarzenegger’ speech for Harvard University. Even though I am personally more familiar with the thinking of Rocky and Mohammed Ali; I have to be honest and say that when I listened to Schwarzenegger’s rules of success, they really resonated with me so I decided to share them with you.
Here is a transcription of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s speech:
‘And, of course, people ask me all the time; they say to me, ‘What is the secret of success?’
Before I start, I just want to say that these are my rules and I think that they can be applied to everyone but that is for you to decide, because not everyone is the same. Some people like to kick back, cruise through life, others want to be very intense, they want to be always number one and be successful, that is like me. I always wanted to be very intense and I always wanted to be number one. I took it very seriously in my career. This is the same when I started body building, I didn’t want just be a body builder champion, I wanted to be the best body builder at all times. The same was in the movies. I didn’t want just to be a movie star but I wanted to be a great movie star and I wanted to be a highly paid movie star. This intensity always paid off for me, this commitment always paid off for me.
These are my rules:
The 1st rule is: TRUST YOURSELF.
What is most important thing is that you have to dig deep down, dig deep down and ask yourselves:
‘Who do you want to be?’
Not what but WHO?
I am talking about not what your parents and teachers want you to be, but YOU. I am talking about figuring out for yourselves what makes you HAPPY. No matter how crazy it may sound to other people.
So rule number one is, of course, trust yourself no matter how and what anyone else thinks. I was lucky when I grew up as I did not have so many destruction as you have today such as TV, telephone, computer, i-pad, i-pod, twitter, etc. I spent a lot of time by myself so I could figure out and really listened to what was inside my heart and my head. I recognised very quickly that I had the stronger desire to leave my little village and be part of something bigger where dreams could come true.
Rule number 2 is: BREAK THE RULES.
We have so many rules in life about everything. I say break the rules. No the law, but break the rules. It is impossible to be a maverick or a true original if you are too well behaved and don’t want to break the rules.
You have to think outside the box. That is what I believe.
After all, what is the point of being on this earth if all you want to do is be liked by everyone and avoid trouble?
The only way that I ever got anyplace was by breaking some of the rules.
Which, of course, brings me to rule number 3: DON’T BE AFRAID TO FAIL.
Anything I have ever attempted, I was always willing 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 and success will come.
So don’t be afraid to fail.
Which brings me to rule number 4: DON’T LISTEN TO THE NAYSAYERS.
How many times have you heard that you can’t do this, you can’t do that and it’s never been done before?
I love it when someone says that no one has never done this before, because then when I do it that means that I am the first one that has done it. So pay no attention to the people that say it can’t be done.
I always listen to myself and say: ‘Yes, you can.’
And that brings me to rule number 5, which is the most important rule of all: WORK YOUR BUTT OFF.
I always believed leaving no stone unturned, 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 when it starts hurting. When I feel pain, that’s when I start counting and that’s when it really counts.’ That’s what makes you a champion. And that’s the way it is with everything. NO PAIN NO GAIN.
Let me tell you, it is important to have fun in life, of course. But when you are out there partying, horsing around, someone out there at the same time is working hard, someone is getting smarter and someone is winning. Just remember that.
If you want to cruise through life than don’t pay attention to none of these rules, but if you want to win, there is absolutely no way around hard, hard work.
None of my rules, by the way, of success, will work unless you do.
I have always figured out that there are 24 hours a day. You sleep 6 hours and have 18 hours left. I know that there are some of you out there that say well, wait a minute; I sleep eight hours or nine hours. Well. Then, just sleep faster, I would recommend. ‘Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise.’ – L. Peter
Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in the pockets.
And that takes me to rule number 6, which is a very important rule: IT’S ABOUT GIVING BACK.
Whatever path that you take in your lives, you must always find time to give something back, something back to your community, give something back to your state or to your country.
If you tear down the mirror that makes you always look at yourself, you will be able to look behind that mirror and you will see the millions of people that need your help. Let me tell you something, reaching out and helping people will bring you more satisfaction than everything else you have ever done.’
I invite you to listen to the full inspirational speech by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Personally, I believe that the last rule is the most important one. It has helped me to achieve most, if not all, of my successes in life. It has also gifted me with the most amazing satisfaction and accomplishments without forgetting that along the way I came to know so many remarkable people. Thank you for sharing my journey that made me a better person!
The only rule that I don’t agree 100% with Schwarzenegger is his most important rule: WORK HARD! I have been working very hard all my life, however in the last few years, I realised that whilst working hard is very important, working smarter is more efficient as it saves time and energy to enjoy the results of our own hard work
I believe that the most important point that Schwarzenegger made in his speech is at the beginning where he said that his rules can be applied to everyone but everyone is not the same therefore you have to decide which rules to apply based on your personality. In fact, I personally would have swapped some of his rules for others and added a few more, because these suit my personality more based on my experiences.
Remember that your personality and experiences will lead to your own rules to success as we are all amazingly unique and we all have different life journeys. On this note, I wish to my dear Bro, all the happiness and success in the world as he truly deserves it on his special day!
Thank you for all the amazing moments and lessons learnt, the most important of which is learning to dance in the rain
‘Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain.’ – Vivian Greene
To your rules of Success