Success By Arnold Schwarzenegger

Below is a brief speech by Arnold Schwarzenegger where he shares a straightforward approach to becoming successful.

And while many of his ideas aren’t exactly new or unusual, it is nice for an occasional reminder. I strongly agree with him about the importance of thinking outside the box, not being afraid to fail, not listening to the naysayers, and of course working your butt off to improve each day.

The concepts are simple. It is the inability to consistently apply these ideas over the long haul that thwarts many. Success doesn’t happen overnight. It is a long road often filled with potholes and dead ends. Those who continue to move forward despite the setbacks are usually the most successful in the end.


“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” – Mark Victor Hansen


  1. Just like everyone else, I’m a firm believer that the greatest contribution Arnold has made to the world didn’t come from political or athletic feats but rather the Conan series.

    If you disagree, slap yourself, then go watch the trailer for Conan 2011. 30 years later with all every technological trick in the world and the best Hollywood can do is a straight-to-dvd gem. Some things are better left untouched.

    Hail Conan.

  2. Sadly, however, this all sounds like bull…., given how he lived his life over the last many years…..lived a lie (out-of-wedlock son, no guts to straighten that out, hid like a “girlie-man”) without concern re: his family……this may not be a popular observation, but what the hell……..

  3. @Paul – I don’t see the video as an example of how to live your personal life. I’ve yet to meet someone who hasn’t made mistakes. With that said, Arnold has been very successful in many avenues (personal life aside). He came to a new country as a young man and became a legendary bodybuilder. He also became a world famous actor, authored several books, and eventually became the governor of California. Not too shabby

  4. Arnold became a millionaire before becoming successful in bodybuilding and acting.

    He started up a stone mason company when he came to America that became very successful.

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