Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 10 Tips for Epic Success

Alex Hamm August 4, 2015 6
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 10 Tips for Epic Success

After filming Terminator 3, Arnold Schwarzenegger became the highest paid actor in the world. Not too bad for a man who was told over and over again that he was too awkward and large for Hollywood, and that they would never consider working with someone who had such a heavy accent.

Arnold used the same success techniques for making it in Hollywood, making it to America and winning Mr. Universe, as well as shattering opponents in politics to become the 2003 governor of California. Quite the success in a variety of fields to say the least.

Enjoy the video below as Arnold shares his 10 tips for epic success…

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1. Have a clear goal

You have to have a clear goal of what you want to accomplish. When Arnold was young and living overseas, he had a vision of coming to America and winning the Mr. Universe contest. No one around him could even fathom what that would be like, so needless to say he had a lot of naysayers try to kill his dream. But his goal was so vivid in his mind that he did not let that stop him from trying. And some years later, Arnold was standing on a stage far away rom his homeland, being crowned Mr. Universe.

2. Think big

YOU HAVE TO THINK BIG. There are enough people in this world doing meaningless things. We really don’t need anyone else to do that. What we need are people who have big goals and big dreams and are looking to do big things with their lives.

Think big and create goals that see yourself living that incredible lifestyle. That’s the most fun way to live anyways!

3. Turn your liabilities into assets

When Arnold was looking to become an actor, many people laughed in his face and said things like “Your way to big!” or “They’ll never let you in Hollywood with that accent!”. But Arnold knew better than to listen to those dream killers. He knew what he wanted and he had already proven to himself that he could do anything. I think we all know how this story ends.

Shortly after that, he become the highest paid movie star on the planet, and then decided to take his determination elsewhere, to politics.

4. Ignore the little man

The little man is the dream killer. The person who is always telling you to think smaller and settle for what you’ve got. “Why can’t you just be grateful for what you’ve got?” they’ll bark at you.

Ignore these people, says the highest people movie star of the 90’s, and the former governor of California.

5. Work your butt off

If you think you are going to accomplish something great, and you don’t plan to put any serious work in, you’ve got another thing coming to you. The only real way to see success in your chosen field is to work hard. Sure, there is a lot more to it, but you simply cannot get around the idea of hard work.

Whether it was body building, hollywood acting, or politics, Arnold always made it a habit to be the hardest worker, and look at where it’s gotten him.

6. Make the world a better place

You’e got talents and gifts that should be shared with the world! It’s not just people like Arnold Schwarzenegger who achieve great things. People just like you are working hard to achieve exactly what you want to achieve someday. So stop wasting time and get out there to make our world a better place.

Seriously, we need you because this world is in trouble and we need sharp minds like yourself to add value in the best way you can.

7. Don’t be realistic 

Being realistic is the enemy of dreams. The whole point of dreaming is to think about what’s currently out of reach. This does not mean that it will always be out of reach.

You’ve got to start somewhere. Dreaming big and going after goals that are currently unrealistic is a great, thrilling way to live. If you are in it for the long haul, who knows just what you’ll accomplish. But the only way to know is to be a little unrealistic with your dreams and goals and then go after it with full throttle.

8. Don’t be afraid to fail 

Failing is a part of success. Yes, I know that is extremely cliche, but hey, Arnold said it (see video below), not me. I completely agree that the people who see no real progression are the ones who are too scared of failing to even try. Yes, you may fail, but what’s worse, failing or not knowing what would have happened for the rest of your life if you would have taken that risk?

9. Model success

There are already plenty of people in this world who have succeeded, and most likely have excelled at what it is that you want. Why reinvent the wheel? Model what successful and happy people have done to get where they are today, and you will certainly shorten your success curve.

10. Believe in yourself 

YOU GOTTA BELIEVE! I’m sure you’ve seen a million videos where Les Brown or Tony Robbins or Eric Thomas are barking those words at you, but it’s a pretty powerful statement coming from a 300 pound muscle man who is worth over $300 million…

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    Eric August 4, 2015 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Love this article & accompanying video.

    I was fortunate enough to meet Arnold while producing a video for YouTube with he & his team.

    You don’t have to agree with his political views or love his movies to find inspiration in the honest truths he proclaims on a daily basis.

    arnold is the last american dream of our lifetime.

  2. avatar
    Luis Peñaranda August 4, 2015 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Bet On Them!!!

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    Julie Sparks August 5, 2015 at 2:47 am - Reply

    This is a really great article that reminds us that everyone starts somewhere! It’s very inspirational and keeps me striving towards
    my goals! All the things that were mentioned
    above are spot on!! I’m going to go put in one
    of his movies! Thanks for the reminder that anything’s possible!!

  4. avatar
    Ailsa Windsor August 9, 2015 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Believe in yourself; believe in your dreams .. make them a reality! Love the blog!!

  5. avatar
    shivani sharma August 9, 2015 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Wow, it is a great post. I enjoyed reading it. I will keep every tip by Arnold in mind before doing anything.

    Thank youyou Alex for sharing this post with us.

  6. avatar
    Ranvir Singh January 4, 2018 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Nice post Alex,
    A great article. This is an excellent read. Thank you for sharing such post. Keep it up and keep posting the good content.

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