I’ve kept these shots for the longest time and just don’t know when to share it. Now I dared myself to show and tell about my cousin, Jesse, taken when we were younger. The photos reminded me of Arnold Schwarzenegger motivational speech on the secret of success and here are his words.
Trust yourself. But what the most important is that you have to dig deep down and ask yourself who do you want to be? Not what but WHO. And I’m talking about not what your parents or 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 1 is trusting yourself.
Break the rules. We have so many rules in life about everything. Break the rules, not the law. 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 I ever got anyplace was breaking some of the rules.
Don’t be afraid to fail. Anything that I’ve ever attempted, I am 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 your vision and you know is the right thing to do and success will come. So don’t be afraid to fail.
Don’t listen to naysayers. How many times that you can’t do this, you can’t do that and it’s never done before? I love it when someone says that no one has ever done this before, because when I do it that means I am the first one that has done it. So pay no attention to the people who say it can’t be done. I always listen to myself, “Yes you can.”
Work your butt off. The most important rule. 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 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 are out there, 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 hard, hard work. None of my rules, by the way, success will work unless you do. I’ve always figured out that there 24 hours a day. You sleep for 6 hours and have 18 hours left. I know 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 the ladder of success with your hands in the pockets.
Give 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 your country. Let me tell you something, reaching out and helping people will bring your move satisfaction than anything else you’ve ever done.
Remember these 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.
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