I have found this amazing video in youtube and need to share it with everybody! All the text of this post is a transcript of it. They are some little pieces of a speech of Arnold Schwarzenegger, it is applicable to equestrianism and all aspects of life :)
“People keep asking, they say to me:
-What is the secret to success?
The first rule is “Trust yourself”. What I mean with this is, there are so many young people getting so many advises from the teachers and from everyone… But what is more 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? And I am talking not what your parents and teachers want you to be, but you. I am talking about figuring out yourselves, what makes you happy, no matter how crazy could sound to other people.
The second rule is “Break the rules”. There are so many rules in life… I say, break the rules, not the law, but break the rules. It is impossible to be a maverick or true original if you are too well behaved and don’t want to break the rules. You have to think outside the box. That is what I believe after all. What is the point of being on this earth, if all you want is be liked by everyone avoid trouble?
The rule number three is “Don’t be afraid to fail”. Anything that was ever attempted was always willing to fail. So, you can’t always win but don’t be afraid of making decisions. You can’t be paralized be fear of failure, or you will never push yourself. You keep pushing because you beleive in yourself and in your vision and you know that is the right thing to do, and success will come. So don’t be afraid to fail.
Which brings me to rule number four “Don’t listen to the naysayers”. I mean, how many times have you hear that you can’t do this, you can’t do that, it’s never been done before… I love when someone says “It is never been done before” because then when I do it means that I am the first who has done it.
The rule number five which is the most important rule of all “Work your butt off”. You never want to fail because you didn’t work hard enough. That’s what makes you a champion. That is the way it is with everything. No pain, no gain. So many of those lessons that I apply in life I have learned from sports, let me tell you, and especially that one.
What bring us to rule number six, which is “It’s about giving back”. Whatever path that you take in your lives, you must always find time to give something back.
So let me tell you, as you prepare to go off into the world, remember those six rules:
Trust yourself, Break some rules, Don’t be afraid to fail, Ignore the naysayers, Work like hell, and Give something back.”