10 Lessons from Binge Listening to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Motivational Speeches

The Internet took me there

It was supposed to be a playlist featuring upbeat house cleaning music. One thing led to the next and I found myself listing to the voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger. It wasn’t intentional but I let him have his moment. Eventually, I found myself bingeing on the sound of his voice for the past five days.

Here are 10 things I learnt form the experience.

What is the point of being on this Earth if you are going to be like everyone else?

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Have you ever had the feeling that you’re supposed to do more and be more than the person you are right now? Have you ever felt that you’ve got untapped potential? That you’re a lot smarter than your job is acknowledging you?

You probably are but you choose to follow the traditional expected path. You decided to play a familiar game. Who would have thought that a body building obsessed man will turn himself into one of the most iconic movie characters in the world?

He knew he was extraordinary and refused to accept the ordinary.

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

All the best rags to riches stories are written in college dorm rooms, in coffee shops, in small apartments or someone else’s basement. Whatever your current situation and if you’re not a millionaire yet, then your story is being written right now.

It can be about a person who never gave up and just kept going or a person that gave in and continued their life as-is. How that story plays out is up to you.

You can have results or excuses, but not both.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Because they exist on opposite ends of each other. Excuses destroy the possibility of progress and results. Results is the outcome for not caving or creating excuses.

You either show up or you don’t. Be real with yourself to get what you want.

Everybody pities the weak. Jealousy you have to earn.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

It’s true.

Jealousy is an emotion rooted in desire. Jealousy is resentfulness due to the knowledge that they will never obtain that much wealth, have a certain quality or persistent enough to create their own luck.

Jealousy is a want that they can never have — not without work.

Winners are not people who never fail, but people who never quit.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Sometimes winning comes easier than others.

But when winning is hard, it a test on who is willing to work the hardest and smartest for it.

Not everyone is a millionaire because making a million dollars is hard. A lot of people stop and settle when they can afford the immediate luxuries with their paycheck.

They stop chasing the grand goal and settle for second place. The people that keep going are the ones that get the biggest rewards out of life.

Every morning you have 2 choices: continue to sleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

If Jeff Bezos listened to all the people who told him he was crazy to start an online bookstore, then he wouldn’t have made his $112 billion. The same goes for Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and the guys that made PayPal.

Everyone has a dream but not everyone has the courage and perseverance to do the things necessary to make them real.

Which one are you?

It’s simple, if it jiggles, it’s fat.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

It’s one way to put it without mercy. But then again, he is the king of anti-excuses.

I jiggle a lot. I didn’t use to jiggle as much but now I do. There’s more of me that I don’t like. I accept my reality and is making a game plan to change it through clean eating and exercise.

A former friend blamed it on rice and water rather than the fact that she’s downing her third Wendy’s burger and large coke with extra fries. Not sure how that works.

The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Everything begins and end in the mind — your fears, your hopes, your dreams, your reality, and your perception of reality.

Change your future by changing the words and beliefs you tell yourself. Take the lid off your brain and allow yourself to grow beyond what you currently are.

Winning begins in the mind. If you can imagine yourself doing it then your subconscious will get everything into gear for you to make it a reality.

Learned helplessness is the giving-up reaction, the quitting response that follows from the belief that whatever you do doesn’t matter.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Everyone has experienced this at some point in their lives. I’ve been there and made it through.

Sometimes its hard to convince ourselves otherwise but time is always moving and nothing ever stays the same. It may seem hopeless at first but if you keep persisting, you’ll eventually make it out to the other side.

You are stronger than you think you are capable.

When you are trying to be successful,you have to have tunnel vision and you’ve got to have blinders on and not to see anything that is on the left and the right side and just really focus

Arnold Schwarzenegger

A lot of us play the rabbit in our own lives. We jump and hop around to the next best thing. We pick up get rich quick schemes. We pay for answers and results. We try to cut corners and take shortcuts — until one day you realized that you’ve just taken the biggest detour of your life.

Pick a destination and move towards it — even if it feels like it’s going at the speed of a tortoise.

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