Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 6 Rules to Success

One of the greatest bodybuilders of all time, who achieved his glory in the Golden Era of the bodybuilding- Arnold Schwarzenegger. An iconic figure of the bodybuilding world.

Actor, producer, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, and best of all, bodybuilder. He was born July 30, 1947.

He began weight lifting at the age of 15. Although his father wanted him to become police officer, Arnold decided to disobey and follow his dream.

During his army service (which every 18 year old Austrian boy had to finish), he won the Junior Mr. Europe contest, which was his gate to success.

One of the best things about Arnold was that, he didn’t want to coast through life. He wanted to become a man of value, always be intense and number one. During his early childhood years, when he was constantly hit by his father, or degraded by someone who would say: ‘You can’t do this’, Arnold said: ‘This is not going to be for much longer, because I’m going to move out of here. I want to be rich. I want to be somebody.’

His will and go-get attitude helped him become a man of value, and one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time.

Like every other successful person, Arnold has his rules to success.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger 6 Rules to Success:

  1. Trust yourself

So many young people are getting advice from their teacher or their parents, but what is most important is what do you want- not your mother or father. The most important this is that, you have to dig down, dig deep down and ask yourself who do you want to be. Figure out for yourself what makes you happy, no matter how crazy it may sound to the people.

My parents wanted a different vision for me. They wanted me to be a police officer like my father, to marry a girl named Heidi, and to have a bunch of children.  I wanted to get out of Austria, to come to United States of America, to be a champion. I had total trust and confidence in that decision and I went after it.

Have trust in yourself, craft your own vision, and go after it. Once you have a strong enough vision, you can work like hell to achieve it.

2. Break the rules

There are so many rules. I say break the rules, not the law, but break the rules. It’s impossible to be a maverick, or true original if you don’t want to break the rules. Think outside the box.

What is the point of being here on earth, if all you want is being like everyone else? The only way that I ever got any place was by breaking some of the rules.

People said I could not become an actor. The rules said that actors with accents-especially german accent- could not be leading men. I broke that rule. I didn’t care if no one in history had ever done it.

I took acting classes, accent-removal lessons, and English lessons. I worked hard, and I became a leading man.

‘I’LL BE BACK’ became one of the most famous line in movie history, all because of my crazy accent. What every agent said it was bad, all of a sudden became an asset to me.

The same lines went on and on when I wanted to become a Governor. But I prove them wrong and became a Governor, and the rest is history.

3. Don’t be afraid to fail

In anything I have ever attempted, I was always willing to fail. When you work in the movie business, you see a script and you thing this is the winning one. But later on, you find out that the movie is not well received and it goes down the toilet. But that’s okay, because many opportunities came after that. You’ve seen Conan, Hercules, Terminator, etc  that went through the roof.

Keep pushing because you know it’s best for yourself and you know it’s the best decision. Success will come. Don’t be afraid to fail.

4. Don’t listen to the naysayers

If I had listened to these people, I would still be in Austria, up in the Alps, yodeling. When I was 15 years old and told people I wanted to be a champion bodybuilder, right away they told me it wouldn’t happen. “It’s impossible,” they said. “It’s an American sport. In Austria, you can be a ski, cycling, or maybe track and field champion, but you cannot be a bodybuilding champion.”

5. Work you butt off

You never want to fail because you didn’t work hard enough. I never wanted to lose a competition or lose an election because I didn’t work hard enough. Leave no stone unturned.

Muhammad Ali- one of my idols- when he was asked: ‘How many sit-ups do you do?’, he said: ‘I don’t count my sit-ups, I only count when it’s hurting.’ No pain, no gain.

It’s important to have fun in life, but when you are out there, partying, someone else in the same time is working hard. Someone is getting smarter and someone is winning, remember that.

6. Give something back

Whatever path you may take in your life, you always have to make time to give something back. Something back to your community, to your family, to your country. Reaching out and helping people will bring you more satisfaction than anything else you’ve ever done.