Deep, deep down ask yourself, “Who do you want to be?” Not what, but who. I’m talking about figuring it out for yourselves, ‘What makes you happy?’
You have to think outside the box. That’s what I believe after all. What’s the point of being on this Earth if all you want to be is be liked and avoid trouble?
We have so many rules in life about everything. I say break the rules, not the law, but break the rules.
I remember that after I was finished with my body building career I wanted to do acting, I wanted to be a star in films. Everyone had the same mind that it can’t be done. They said, “Look at this body, you have this huge monstrous body, you’re overly developed.” This doesn’t fit into the movies. But yer, I didn’t listen to all this, that was their rules. I was convinced I could do it.
Then I got the big break, Conan The Barbarian. Trust yourself no matter what anyone else thinks.
And there the directors said, “If we didn’t have Schwarzenegger, we would have to build one.” Then when I did Terminator, “I’ll be back…” One of the most famous lines in the movie history, all because of my crazy accent. It just shows you, you never should listen to those who say you can’t do something.
Don’t be afraid to fail. Anything that I have always attempted, I was always willing to fail. Don’t be afraid of making decisions; you can’t be paralysed with the fear of failure or you will never push yourself. You can push because you believe in yourself and your vision. You know it’s the right thing to do and success will come. Don’t be afraid to fail.
I mean, how many times have you heard, ‘you can’t do this, or you can’t do that because it’s never been done before.’ So pay no attention to the people who say it can never be done.
If I would have listened to the naysayers, I would still be in the Austrian Alps yodelling. I would never have come to America. I always listen to myself and say, “Yes.You.Can.” You never want to fail because you never worked hard enough. Work your butt off.
I always believed in leaving no stone unturned. No Pain, No Gain.
While you’re out there partying, horsing around, someone out there at the same time is working hard, someone out there is getting smarter, someone is winning — just remember that.
You can’t climb the ladder of success with the hands in the pockets.
– Arnold Schwarzenegger’s speech on bodybuilding.
By delving into his personal life experiences, that break the theme of bodybuilding, Schwarzenegger persuades the audience (Bodybuilders and aspiring athletes, regardless of age). Through personal example and commandeering sentences, we are left feeling as though we “Have to think outside the box.”
Talking about his personal experiences also allows us to realise that he is in fact a real human being who went through his own agenda of struggles. If he could overcome them, why can’t we?
Schwarzenegger also utilises repetition, when he’s telling the audience to not be afraid to fail. This not only drills the message into our minds, but adds intensity to the message each time it’s repeated, making it more purposeful. This speech has recently become a source of motivational fuel for me. Every word is laced with passion and intends on teaching the audience about intrinsic motivation and purpose.
Arnold reflects on how his life would have been if he had listened to the ‘naysayers’, something we can all relate to. By bringing the audience back to his currant position, where he’s on the brink of legendary success, we are slapped with inspiration and the message of his speech.