Arnold Schwarzenegger Rules of Success

Arnie’s Rules of Success

Rule # 1: Trust Yourself

Many young people are getting so much advice from their parents and from their teachers and from everyone.

But what is most important is that you have to dig deep down, dig deep down and ask yourselves, who do you want to be?

Not what, but who.

Figure out for yourselves what makes you happy, no matter how crazy it may sound to other people.

Rule # 2: Break the Rules

We have so many rules in life about everything. I say break the rules.

Not the law, but break the rules.

My wife has a t-shirt that says, “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”

Well, you know, I don’t want to burst her bubble, but the same is true with men. 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?

Rule # 3: Don’t be Afraid to Fail

Anything I’ve ever attempted, I was always willing to fail.

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, and success will come.

So don’t be afraid to fail.

Rule # 4: Don’t Listen to the Naysayers

How many times have you heard that you can’t do this and you can’t do that and it’s never been done before?

I love it when someone says that no one has ever done this before, because then when I do it that means that I’m the first one that has done it.

So pay no attention to the people that say it can’t be done.

Rule # 5: Work Your Butt Off

You never want to fail because you didn’t work hard enough.

I never wanted to lose a competition or lose an election because I didn’t work hard enough.

I always believed leaving no stone un-turned. Muhammad 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.

But when you’re out there partying, horsing around, someone out there at the same time is working hard. Someone is getting smarter and someone is winning.

Just remember that.

Now, if you want to coast through life, don’t pay attention to any of those rules. But if you want to win, there is absolutely no way around hard, hard work.

None of my rules, by the way, of success, will work unless you do. I’ve always figured out that there 24 hours a day. You sleep six hours and have 18 hours left.

Now, I know there are 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.

Rule # 6: Give Something 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 to your country.


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

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