Arnie’s 6 rules of success

Arnie in a suit

No matter what your views on Arnold Shwarzenegger (and it does seem to have been Arnie week this week) you can’t deny he is a good speaker.

So here to end the week is his 6 rules of success – if you want to see the video it is on youtube here:

The rules seem to be useful for pretty much any situation, and particularly relevant to Careers – see what you think:

  1. Trust yourself. That probably means you need to get to know yourself first – what makes you tick; what makes you cross; what sacrifices would you make to get to your dream job? If you need somebody to talk this over with, come and see us!
  2. Break some rules. Note this is rules, not laws! This is about working out whose rules they are – so if you want to become an accountant in a charity and don’t have a finance degree, yes you can do it (come and ask us in Careers how that works!).
  3. Don’t be afraid to fail. See the post which started off this week’s Arnie series- there are more failures than successes in life, and failure is one of the main drivers for success if you play it right. How many people do you know who have had it easy and crumble when they hit a roadblock? Failure can be really useful if you know how to deal with it constructively. We can help you with that if you like – come and book a short guidance appointment in Careers.
  4. Don’t listen to negative people. Obviously sometimes they are right – but you will know who are the people who always pour cold water on your ideas just for the sake of it. Ignore them! Find somebody who will listen and give constructive feedback. We are good at that in Careers.
  5. Work hard. Success doesn’t come from dreaming about it or simply visualising what it would feel like – it comes from the hard slog of doing what might seem to be dull repetitive tasks which become the building blocks of  future achievements. OK there’s not much we can do to help you with that one in Careers other than to encourage you!
  6. Give something back.Everybody who volunteers or gives service to others does say how rewarding it is, so why not give it a try? We advertise volunteering opportunities on JobOnline or there are always local opportunities available in your local paper, library etc.

What do you think? We love to get your feedback!

Philippa Hewett



Arnie – a great example of a career-changer!

Young Arnie


Say the name Arnold Schwarzenegger and ask what his job is, and the reactions you get will probably depend on the age of the person speaking.

For some, he is a bodybuilder par excellence, for others he is a movie actor, politician or businessman. And yes, he has been all of those through his career and continues to entertain many of us.

The interesting thing of course is not how he developed all those muscles or his film career, but the fact that he saw beyond his immediate role to think about what his future might be.

Nowadays it is much more usual to expect to change your career at least once in your working life, and sometimes where you start is in a completely different place from where you end up.

If you’re not sure where to start, then come and see us in the Careers Service – we are open all summer!

Philippa Hewett


Careers and the Olympics – how to deal with losing.


Arnie with great quote


After all the fuss about who won what has died down, and that will probably take a while, it’s maybe worth thinking a bit about the losers.

There’s research that says the saddest medal winners are the silver medallists as they came so close to gold, and that bronze medallists are nearly as happy as gold medal-winners, because at least they made it onto the podium.(Prof Richard Wiseman, The Luck Factor,  p 135). No matter which team we supported, there were good examples of sad silver medallists who so nearly made it – for example, the British boxer in the last competition of the Games who thought he had won but didn’t. This is the same sort of reaction we often see when students get beaten to a job and do not see why they didn’t get it, because the feedback they got was so positive.

There are however logically many more losers than winners in the Olympics, so what can you do to get back your self belief after a setback?

Here some tips that might help you in your career thinking as well:

  1. Focus on what you did achieve so far – maybe it is a new personal best, or in the case of Careers, the fact that you got an interview and great feedback.
  2. Give yourself small goals to take yourself to the big goal – so for an athlete it might be correcting an slightly imperfect running style, in Careers it might be  making some new networking contacts in your chosen field.
  3. Give yourself time – Nick Skelton won his first individual Olympic medal aged 58 having previously retired from showjumping after a broken neck. Sometimes your route to the role you want might take time or a slightly different route, but the secret is to keep believing you can get there in the end, and take every opportunity to work towards your goal.

Finally, there’s an old saying ‘there is no failure, only feedback’ which isn’t as trite as it sounds.  Don’t beat yourself up if things didn’t go according to plan – pick yourself up and decide what to do next. It’s your future, so take control of it!

And if you don’t know where to start, have a look at the SOAS Careers website for some ideas or pop in and see us – we are open all summer!

Philippa Hewett