Sat 09 Nov 2013 | By:

How Arnold’s 6 Rules of Success Apply to Your Startup

Arnold Schwarzenegger's 6 Rules of Success

Photo By: Gage Skidmore

Celebrity, actor, and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has six rules of success for life. These success rules are great life lessons that can be applied to almost any situation, but they are especially helpful for your brand new business.

Let’s take a look at how the rules of success can help you make a plan and take massive action.

 

Rule 1: Trust Yourself

Every human being experiences self doubt and for a good reason. Your fear is meant to keep you alive. However, you need to look at a situation and weigh the risks. Once you have committed to an action you need to be 100 percent behind it.

That’s where most people fail because after they have decided on a course of action, they doubt themselves. Trust yourself with your startup!

 

Rule 2: Break Some Rules

There will always be people who are trying to influence your plans for your startup, but don’t be afraid to think outside of the box.

It’s your business and if you need to do something that isn’t normal in order to be successful, then it really doesn’t matter what the critics say. Look for the opportunities for success and then act on them.

 

Rule 3: Don’t Be Afraid to Fall

If you do not ever fail it is because you do not ever try. Being successful in your startup will require you to take chances, and sometimes those chances do not turn out well. Learn from the mistake and then continue with your startup ventures.

It’s also important to remember that you will need to own your failures along with your successes. When you are in business for yourself, there is no room to blame others.

 

Rule 4: Ignore the Naysayers

There are people in this world who hate it when others succeed and you will encounter them in your startup ventures. Don’t waste your time or energy with them.

No matter what you do, there will always be critics and these critics are always looking for reasons to put you down. You need to decide what is valid constructive criticism and what just simply heckling.

If they say your product or service is laughable, ignore it. If they say your business website stinks, forget about them. Learn from the constructive critique and ignore the naysayers.

 

Rule 5: Work Like Hell

No one has ever said that being in business is easy. In fact it’s much harder, stressful, and more risky than working for someone else.

You need to be prepared to put long hours into your startup. When you are in charge, everyone involved will be looking to your for direction and confidence. If you aren’t willing to work like hell to achieve your goals, then why should others follow you?

 

Rule 6: Give Something Back

It is every startup entrepreneur’s dream to be successful, but remember that not everyone will be successful. Also remember that many people will not even have a chance to try in the first place. Take a moment, look back at them, and improve the world around you.

Donations are always tax deductible, but what most people forget is that charities and organizations need people to donate their time too. It might be difficult to find time but it’s well worth it in the end. Don’t be afraid to mentor other people too.

Sometimes young people just need guidance from older and more experienced people. In the end, you will be glad that you gave something back.

About Ryan James

Half hardworking hermit, half avid adventurer, Ryan founded Startup Savant to simplify entrepreneurship and pay it forward by donating a portion of all revenue to support children's education via DonorsChoose.org.