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Understanding And Practising Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Six Rules of Success


The “Six rules of success” come from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2009 speech. These rules, as formulated by him, are amazingly short and concise and you may learn them by heart effortlessly. However, the more difficult part is to understand the process to apply these and living by them.

Arnold’s Six Rules of Success

After a lifetime of achievements, Arnold stated loud and clear:

  1. Trust yourself
  2. Break the rules
  3. Don’t be afraid to fail
  4. Don’t listen to the naysayers
  5. Work your butt off
  6. Give something back

Knowing the Rules:

Let’s go deeper and find the meaning of the six rules.

Trust yourself – Sure you’ve heard this mantra countless times, but what is Arnold actually telling you is that you should discover who you really are and what you want. Once you know this, begin to trust it. Clarity will be the base of your trust.

Break the rules – When it comes to rules, you don’t have to despise all of them. However, you can’t get anywhere if you simply obey to each of the countless rules around you. That’s why you should break some of those. It’s doesn’t mean being a rebel or breaking the law. It’s about going your own way when you’ve found a better solution or approach.

Don’t be afraid to fail – Fear of failure is a great culprit, the biggest one perhaps, because it gets to stop people from even starting something. Make your attempt and keep in mind that you could, well, fail. If it happens, be happy that you tried and got to find out your limit. Try again or change the direction if that’s the case.

Don’t listen to the naysayers – How about the naysayers? People will tell you it can’t be done and yes, they could be right. But, after all, they’re not you. This is the key to understanding how this goes. Their possibilities could be limited compared to yours. Their horizon may be limited. Like Arnold himself put it, others may tell you that you can’t do something because it’s never been done before, but that should only make you enthusiastic about being the first to succeed!

Work your butt off – Working your butt off is simple and many have said it before. Success just doesn’t come like that; it always requires effort and perseverance. There is no shortcut to outstanding results, no matter how much you’ll be looking for those.

Give something back – As for the last rule – to give something back – it’s up to you how you consider this. Think about your fellow athletes if you are involved in this, of the ones walking on the same path and make your discoveries known to them. You could also think of your community or your country – make them proud you belong to them. Honoring others will give you a sense of accomplishment.

Summing Up

Arnold is a success story himself and it’s extraordinary to have his secrets summed up in such a few words, but so powerful ones. Remember that he wasn’t only a successful bodybuilder, but he also made impressive career changes – to acting and eventually to politics, simply because he wanted and felt so.

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