A bodybuilder gave me life direction

The person who motivated me to do it and dive into business is a bodybuilder. He is Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Schwarzenegger has been a household name long before; but I never really bothered to Google his life, let alone know how to pronounce his name. This was until a person very dear to me told me how Schwarzenegger is one of his great heroes.

The Austrian dreamer wanted to be a bodybuilder, but his parents were against it. He wanted to be Mister Universe, they said he was too young. He wanted to go to America, they said he was too broke. He wanted to become Mr. Olympia in the US, they said he lacked symmetry and definition. He wanted to be an actor, they said he wasn’t good looking, his accent was too thick, his name was too long, and his built was too big that it wasn’t for films. He wanted to be a governor in California, they said he wasn’t a native and had no solid political views.

Well, guess what? He became the greatest bodybuilder of all times; was the youngest Mister Universe at 20; owned the Mr. Olympia title for seven years; became an iconic movie star; and served two terms as California’s governor. He is an author, a real estate investor, a businessman — he became everything he was told he can’t be.

It made me wonder how someone, who had everything going against him, managed to rise above all odds and be successful.

Luckily, Schwarzenegger’s secrets are out in the open; and hearing the “Six Rules of Success” speech he delivered in 2009 at the University of Southern California, I knew I wouldn’t be the same person after.


And of course, people ask me all the time, they say to me “What is the secret to success?”

The first rule is trust yourself; but what is most important is that you have to dig deep down, dig deep down; and ask yourselves who do you want to be? Not what, but who; and I’m talking about not what your parents and 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. So rule number one is, of course, trust yourself no matter how and what anyone else thinks.

And of course rule number two is break the rules. We have so many rules in life about everything. I say break the rules, not the law, but break the 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. You have to think outside the box. That’s 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 three. Don’t be afraid to fail. Anything I’ve ever attempted, I was always willing to fail.

You cant always win but don’t be afraid of making decisions. You cant 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 four, which is: 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 ever done this before, because then when I do, it 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. I always listen to myself and say, “Yes, you can.”

And that brings me to rule number five, which is the most important rule of all. Work your butt off. I always believed leaving no stone un-turned. Mohammed Ali, one of my greatest heroes had a great line in the 70’s 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 because 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.

And let me tell you, it is important to have fun in life, of course; but when you’re 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. But if you want to win, there is absolutely no way around, but hard, hard work. None of my rules, by the way, of success will work unless you do.

I’ve always figured out that there are 24 hours a day. You sleep six hours and have 18 hours left. Now 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. Just remember, you can’t climb that ladder of success with your hands in the pockets.

And that takes me to rule number six, 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. Let me tell you something reaching out and helping people will bring you more satisfaction than anything else you have ever done.

Remember those 6 rules: (1) Trust yourself. (2) Break some rules. (3) Don’t be afraid to fail. (4) Ignore the naysayers. (5) Work like hell. (6) Give something back.

– The Untrapreneur

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