Entrepreneur Motivation Speech : Arnold Schwarzenegger


This entrepreneur motivation speech from Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of my best. If you don’t know then Arnold is a:

  • 7-time Mr. Olympia
  • Hollywood legend (The Terminator!)
  • 2-term California governor

Last but not the least, he was the one who became Mr. Universe just at the age of 20!

But, Arnold wasn’t born with a silver spoon. He had to struggle hard to reach where he is today. This is what he has to say about struggle:

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

What makes Arnold’s achievements so special is the fact that they came against all odds.

Early on, he had decided to build his career in body-building. His ultimate goal was to win the Mr. Universe title. But, people around ridiculed him for thinking big. That was because he had a lean body. But, he proved everyone wrong.

Next, we wanted to become a Hollywood movie star. Again, the people around him said “Arnold, you have a terrible German accent. It can’t be done.”. But, he proved everyone wrong.

After movies, he wanted to become the Governor of a US state. Now, the people around him said it’s not possible because politics is not easy. But, he proved everyone wrong.

So, how did Arnold win against all odds?

In the aforesaid video, he shares his 5 rules of success namely:

1. Set A Goal

At the outset, you need to set a goal. Nothing works until unless you know where you want to go.

Once decided, you need to focus on it relentlessly. Do whatever it takes to achieve the same. Work on your goal day in & day out.

That’s how successful entrepreneurs are born. Arnold himself was once quoted saying:

Concentrate on your goals. Do not allow other thoughts to enter your mind. If you allow them to, other things could take your concentration away from your ultimate aim.

2. Think Big

Never ever settle for anything small. Always think big. This is what Arnold always has believed in firmly. Despite people ridiculing him, he never stopped dreaming big.

He was once quoted saying:

If I can see it and believe it, then I can achieve it.

You achieve big things only when you dream & do big things.

3. Ignore The Naysayers

Naysayers are all around us. Their only job is to demotivate & find faults in whatever you do.

So, learn to ignore them. Surround yourself with people who support & encourage your vision.

Arnold once went on to say:

If I would have listened to the naysayers, I would still be in the Austrian Alps yodeling.

4. Work Hard

No rule of success is gonna work unless you do the work. Grind day in & day out to get to where you want to be.

Slowly & steadily, you will see yourself climbing the ladder of success.

On the importance of working hard, Arnold once went on to say:

Work hard in silence, let your success make the noise.

5. Help Others

Give value to get value in return. When you do your business with an objective of helping your customers, success comes naturally.

Don’t just focus on the outcome (like sales, profit, cash flow etc.). Instead, focus on solving the problems of your customers.

Be hungry for success, hungry to make your mark, hungry to be seen and to be heard and to have an effect. And as you move up and become successful, make sure also to be hungry for helping others.


Entrepreneurship is tough & definitely not for the faint hearted ones. With the aforesaid rules, you can taste success not only in business but also in your life.

Further recommended read: World’s Richest Entrepreneurs In 2018.

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