|Posted by frankjamesbailey on December 7, 2016 at 3:20 PM|
I recently found a video on the Internet about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 6 rules for success. He said these rules as part of a commencement speech back in 2009. I found all of his rules very motivating and very inspirational so I wanted to tell YOU about them and tell you how they affect me.
Arnold Schwarzenegger 6 Rules to Success:
1. Trust yourself
Many young people are getting so much advice from their parents and from their teachers and from everyone. But what is most important is that you have to dig deep down, dig deep down and ask yourselves, who do you want to be? Not what, but who. Figure out for yourselves what makes you happy, no matter how crazy it may sound to other people.
I’ve known that I wanted to use my voice and write ever since high school. I started my radio career just after high school. By 2009 I became a voice actor. I also taught myself how to write screenplays starting in 2000. I published my first book in 2015. I’m a writer and a voice actor!
2. Break the Rules
Break the rules, not the law, but break the rules. It is impossible to be a maverick or a true original if you’re too well behaved and don’t want to break the rules. You have to think outside the box. After all, what is the point of being on this earth if all you want to do is be liked by everyone and avoid trouble?
I break the rules by not using voice casting sites like Voices or Voice123. I mostly direct market. With my writing, I am self-published via create space. Would it help my voice acting career if I had an agent? Maybe. Would it help my writing career if I had a publisher and a literary agent? Maybe. For now, I’m doing this my way.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Fail
Anything I’ve ever attempted, I was always willing to fail. So you can’t always win, but don’t be afraid of making decisions. You can’t be paralyzed by fear of failure or you will never push yourself. You keep pushing because you believe in yourself and in your vision and you know that it is the right thing to do, and success will come. So don’t be afraid to fail.
Between 2011 and 2013 I tried doing a YouTube show called The Frank Video Show. I was having fun making crazy videos. Then my adsense account was click bombed. I could have continued making the videos but then there would be no money in it for me at all. Did I fail? Not really, I was forced to stop. However, I like the way my life is going now.
4. Don’t Listen to the Naysayers
How many times have you heard that you can’t do this and you can’t do that and it’s never been done before? I love it when someone says that no one has ever done this before, because that means that I’m the first one that has done it. So pay no attention to the people that say it can’t be done.
A few people at other comic cons have told me I should have made my book a smaller size since it’s for younger kids. I didn’t listen. I like the size it is now. Some people have also told me that my book is hard to sell at a comic con since it’s for a younger audience. The people with money at a comic con are adults who like “adult” themes. NO! I am sticking to writing. I love to do write. A family friendly female superhero and marketing it my way because it’s different. I like to be different.
5. Work Your Butt Off
You never want to fail because you didn’t work hard enough. When you’re out there partying, horsing around, someone out there at the same time is working hard. Someone is getting smarter and someone is winning. Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.
Have I mentioned that I’m a voice actor AND a published author? I do all my voice jobs during the week and I write on the weekends. My kids can tell you I spend a LOT of time in my basement. If I‘m not LOOKING for the next voice job or DOING a voice job…I’m writing or marketing myself in some sort of way.
6. Give Back
Whatever path that you take in your lives, you must always find time to give something back, something back to your community, give something back to your state or to your country.
I give back by promoting other people (friends, artists, and colleges) on my social media. People that I find interesting, a great voice over blog, a nice comic con people should check out or a good charity you should know about. If I can’t give money I at least let YOU know so maybe you can help.
I hope you found his 6 rules as motivating as I did.
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