Arnold Schwarzenegger has been the brunt of many jokes and criticism but make no mistake – his passion and drive in life has made him one of the most influential men and culture icons of the past century. The below rules come from Arnold’s 2010 commencement speech at Emory University and are a great starting point to motivate you to think of the rules that govern your life. What code you do live by? What drives you everyday? Sign off with #thedailyprsuit
1. Trust Yourself
The most important thing is you trust yourself, dig deep down and ask yourself: ‘who do you want to be?’. Not what, but who. Not what your parents or teachers wants you to be, but you! Figure out for yourself, what makes you happy, no matter how crazy it may sound to other people. Trust yourself no matter what other people think or say.
2. Break the rules
We have so many rules in life about everything, break the rules! It is impossible to be a true original if you’re too well behaved and are not breaking the rules, you have to think outside the box. What is the point of being on this world if all you want is to be liked by everyone? The only way that I ever got any place was by breaking some of the rules.
3. Don’t be afraid to fail
Anything that I’ve 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, success will come.
4. Don’t listen to the naysayer
How many times have you heard: you can’t do this, you can’t do that. It has never been done before. I love it when someone says that no one has ever done that before, because that means that if I do it, that means that I am the first one that has done it. Pay no attention to people that say it can’t be done.
5. Work your butt off!
Leaving no stone unturned. Muhammad Ali, one of my greatest hero’s had a great line 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, that is when I start counting, because then it really counts, that’s what makes you a champion’. That’s the way it is with everything, no pain, no gain!
While you’re horsing around and partying someone out there at the same time is working hard, someone is getting smarter, remember that! I’ve always figured out that there is 24 hours a day, you sleep 6 hours. That means you have 18 hours left. I know that some of you out there answer: ‘wait a minute I sleep 8 or 9 hours’. Well, than sleep faster I recommend. None of my rules of success will work if you do not work your butt off.
6. Giving back
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Whatever path that you take in your life, you must always find time to give something back. Give something back to your community, give something back to your state or your country. Reaching out and helping people will bring you more satisfaction than everything else you’ve ever done!