Arnold Schwarzenegger has experienced the heights of success in a number of areas of life – firstly as a professional bodybuilder, then as an actor and finally as a politician. He served as the 38th Governor of California for 8 years from 2003 – 2011. When you look at his background, there were a number of things which could have become barriers to his success in his adopted country. At school, his grades were average. Money was short… he has said that one of the highlights of his youth was the family purchasing a refrigerator! He spent a week in a military prison after going AWOL from army training to attend a bodybuilding competition.

He arrived in the US at the age of 21, after deciding at 14 that he wanted to pursue a career in bodybuilding. He knew little English, and had very little money. He had however made a decision a number of years earlier that he wanted live a different life to that of his parents, and the life they had planned for him. Along with the big dream in his heart, he most importantly he had an intrinsic and unshakable belief in himself, and his ability to achieve his dream. Because of this, he overcame a thick Austrian accent and an unlikely background in bodybuilding to go on to become the biggest movie star in the world during the 1990s and to have a successful political career in the 2000s.

I watched a video on Facebook recently in which Arnie talks about his 6 rules of success. Because of the success he has achieved in different life arenas, I figure it is worth listening to what he has to say. The first rule is to “Trust Yourself”. Firstly make a decision about what you want, and the steps you need to take to achieve it. We all have within us a unique mix of skills, desires, attitudes and attributes to will allow us to be anything or anyone we choose. What determines whether or not we make it, is what we do with that potential, and how passionately we pursue all that we desire. So can I ask, what skills and resources to achieve your dream do you have at your disposal right now? What do you need to do, and who do you need to talk to, to get the skills and resources that you don’t currently have? If you want to have success, trust yourself and just do what you need to do…

Arnie’s second rule of success next time….

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