Sunday, June 4, 2023

Arnold Schwarzenegger Leaves the Audience SPEECHLESS

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I'm here to talk about success, and the first rule of success is to have a vision. You see if you don't have a vision of where you're going, and if you don't have a goal where you go, you drift around and you never end up anywhere.

I was born in 1947 in Austria after the second world war. So I was very fortunate that I stumbled onto my vision. 

I didn't really like Austria when I grew up, I couldn't wait to get out of there. I couldn't see myself becoming a farmer, or a worker in a factory, or anything like that. Even though my parents wanted me to stay there and have a normal life, but that was their vision, not mine.


My vision was totally different. I felt that I was born for something special, for something unique, for something big.

Then one day I went to school; I remember was 11 years old and they showed a documentary about America. There, they showed this documentary of the huge skyscrapers, the high rises, the huge bridges, the six-lane freeways, and all of this stuff in this emissive. That's where I want to be. 

I don't want to be around here with these little farmhouses, and these little buildings. I want to be in America.

One day after school. I walked by a store in Graz, so I went inside, and I looked around, and then I saw a magazine. There's a bodybuilding magazine that had 'Reg Park' on the cover.

Reg Park was then a three-time Mr. Universe, and I saw him on the big screen as Hercules. I read that, and I said to myself "Wow!" This is the blueprint for my life.

This is exactly what I want to do. I want to become a bodybuilding champion just like Reg Park. I want to get into movies just like Reg Park, and I want to make millions of dollars and be rich and famous just like Reg Park. 

Do you know how great it felt that I knew where I was going? Imagine the majority of people don't know where they're going. 

I knew where I was going, that I'm going to become this bodybuilding champion just like him. So it was just a question of how do you do it? I was so relieved because when you have a goal when you have a vision, everything becomes easy.

So people always ask me when they saw me in the gym in the pumping iron days. They say, "Why is it that you're working out so hard, five hours a day, six hours a day, and you have always a smile on your face?" I told people all the time that, to me, I'm shooting for a goal.

In front of me is the Mr. Universe title. So every rep that I do gets me closer to accomplishing that goal, to make this goal. 

This vision turns into reality. Every single set that I do, every repetition, every weight that I lift, will get me a step closer to turn the goal into reality.

So I couldn't wait to do another 500-pound squat. I couldn't wait to do another 500-pound bench press. I couldn't wait to do another 2.000 reps of sit-ups. I couldn't wait for the next exercise. 

By the age of 20, I went to London and I won the Mr. Universe contest as the youngest Mr. Universe ever, and it was because I had a goal.

So let me tell you something: visualizing your goal and going after it makes it fun. You've got to have a purpose, no matter what you do in life. You've got to have a purpose.


74% hate their job in America. Now, there's not much different when you come to Europe. The majority of people don't like what they're doing. Because they're really not doing it because they didn't have a goal.

They just aimlessly drift around, and then all of a sudden, if there's a job opening, so they get their job. Because you have to work. But then, when you work, it's a chore, it's work, it's not fun!

So if you think about only a quarter of the people really enjoy what they're doing in life. That is unbelievable if you think about it. So I felt so blessed that I knew what I was doing. It's like a medical student that studies and knows he wants to become a doctor. You know where to go, and the same thing is also in politics.

I remember that in politics, I had a very clear vision - that I would be the leader of California. That is as far as I could go because I was not born in America, so I could not run for president.

So being the governor of the fifth largest state, the largest state, the fifth largest economy in the world, was for me really the ultimate title; the ultimate accomplishment in politics.

So, even though people came up to me and said why don't you go and run for something smaller.  "You're never gonna make it." 

I ran for governor, and then two months later, I became governor of the state of California. Again, because I had a very clear vision; what I was going to do with California. So that's rule number one, HAVE A VISION.


Everything I ever did, the thing that they heard out of people's mouths was, "that's impossible," "that can't be done," or "no." That is exactly what I heard, and of course, I proved to the people that it CAN be done. 

So whenever someone said to me, "It can't be done'" I heard it as "It can be done." When they said NO, I heard YES, and when they said, "It's impossible." I heard it as IT IS POSSIBLE.

It always seems impossible until it's done. (Nelson Mandela)

I'm a strong believer in what Nelson Mandela said, "It always seems impossible until it's done." Everything is always impossible until someone does.

Well, I'm going to be the one who said to myself; I'm gonna do it, and I'm gonna show it to them. Maybe it has never been done before. That's perfectly fine with me, but I'm gonna do it. And I did not listen to the nay-sayers. 

It's all about the hard work that you put in. I said I must have worked out five to six hours a day, I'm gonna do the same thing now for acting. And, of course, I went to college to study English. I studied the accent removal, acting classes and all of this stuff all day long.

I worked, and I worked in the worked. And within a short period of time, I made one movie called 'Hercules' in New York, which of course, went right into the toilet.

But it didn't discourage me. I still had the same vision. And then all of a sudden I did 'Streets of San Francisco'. I did 'Stay Hungry' and 'Pumping On', and 'The Villain'. And then all of a sudden, I was asked by Dino De Laurentiis at the Universal Studio to star in 'Conan The Barbarian'.

After I did 'Conan The Barbarian', the director at the press conference said to the press. The director was John Millius. He said to the press. If we wouldn't have had Arnold, we would have had to build one.

To think about that. The very body that they said can never be sold because the time is wrong. A few years later, I'm doing 'Conan The Barbarian' and it was the number one hit at the box office when it came out in the summer of '82. 

Think about that. And the director says: if we wouldn't have had his body, we would have had to build one. So all of a sudden, my body became an asset, not a liability, and the same thing was with 'The Terminator'. After we were finished filming 'The Terminator', Jim Cameron said to the press: if Arnold wouldn't have had that accent and talked like a machine, I think the movie wouldn't have worked, so think about that? the body and the accent that they attacked were an asset.

But I didn't listen to those losers. I didn't listen to them at all. It's just the reality of it. Is that you cannot listen to the nay-sayers. So this is a very important lesson for all of you. So when someone says no, this is a stupid idea. You in your mind, say the otherwise. Don't believe them. What do they know.

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