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



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