I went to college, I went and worked out five hours a day. And I was working on construction, because in those days in body-building, there was no money. I didn’t have the money for food supplements or anything. So I had to go to work. So I worked in construction, I went to college and worked out in the gym. And at night from 8 o’clock at night to 12 midnight. I went to acting class four times a week. I did all that. There was not one single minute that I wasted. And this is why I standing here today.
With the age of 20 I went to London, and I won the Mr. Universe Contest as the youngest Mr. Universe ever and it was because I had a goal. You see, if you don't have a vision of where you go, and if you don't have a goal where you go, you drift around and you never end up anywhere.
74% hate their job in America. The majority of people don't like what they're doing, because they're not doing it, because they didn't have a goal and then followed this goal. They're just aimlessly drift around and there's a job opening, so they get their job because they need to work. But then when you work, it's a chore. It's work. It's not fun. So if you think about it, only a quarter of people really enjoy what they're doing in life.
So people always ask me, when they saw me in the gym in the pumping iron days, they say why is it that you're working out so hard, five hours a day six hours a day, and you have always a smile on your face? The others are working out just as hard as you do look sour in the face, why is that？
I told people all the time, because to me, I am shooting for a goal. In front of me is the Mr. Universe title. So, every rep that I do gets me close to accomplishing the goal. To make this goal this vision turning into reality. Every single set that I do, every repetition of weight that I lift, will get me a step close to turning this goal into a reality.
So, I couldn't wait to do another 500 pound squat; I couldn't wait to do another 500 pound bench press; I couldn't wait to do another 2,000 sit-ups; I couldn't wait for the next exercise. So let me tell you something. Visualizing your goal and going after it makes it fun. You got to have a purpose no matter what you do in life, you got to have the purpose.
Mohammed Ali worked his butt off and I saw it first hand. I remember that there was a sports writer that was there in the gym. And he was working out, he was doing situps and asked him how many sit-ups do you do? And
he said I don't start counting until it hurts. Now think about it he doesn't start counting his situps and building feels pain. That's when he starts counting. That is working hard.
So you can't get around the hard work it doesn't matter who it is work your ass off. There is no magic bill. There is no magic out there. You cannot get around you have to work and work and work. You have to make sure of that in order stuff so it's all hard work.
It drives me crazy. When people say they don't have enough time. To go to the gym for 45 minutes a day and work out or to do something for 45 minutes to an hour a day to improve, either physically improve or mentally improve.
Imagine you read one hour a day about history, how much you would learn after 365 hours in one year? Think about it if you study the history of musicians of composers, how much you would know? Imagine if you worked on business and some business you wanted to develop every day for an hour, imagine how further along you would go and get? So it drives me nuts when people say we don't have the time.
You have 24 hours a day. We sleep 6 hours a day. So it still gives you 18 hours. but there's someone shaking their head probably saying 'I don't sleep 6 hours I sleep 8 hours'. right？Well, just sleep faster so we have 18 hours a day. the average person works around 8 to 10 hours. so let's assume that's 10 hours, so we have 8 hours left. Then you travel around an hour a day, maybe two hours a day, so now you still have 6 hours left. So what do you do with these six hours? Eat a little bit? Maybe schmooze a little bit? Talk a little bit to people? and all the stuff can you see how much time is available if you organize your day, so you got the work hard.
I hate Plan B, and I tell you why. Because we have so many doubters. We have so many people who say“no”,“you can't do it” ,“it's impossible”. That is okay because we just turn off. As I said earlier we hear the No being a Yes. "You can't do it" means "You can do it" and all that. So it's possible to do that amongst all the negative people around you. But when you start doubting yourself, that's very dangerous, Because now what you're basically saying is that if my plan doesn't work, I have a fallback plan, I have a plan B. And that means you’re start thinking about Plan B. Every thought that you put into Plan B, you're taking away that thought and that energy from plan A.
And it's very important to understand that we function better if there is no safety net. Because Plan B becomes a safety net. It says that“if I fail then I fall and I get picked up and I have something else there that will protect me.”and that's not good. Because people perform better when there's no safety net. People perform better in sports and in everything else if you don't have a plan B.
I'm telling you I've never ever had a plan B. I made a full commitment that I'm gonna go be a body-building champion. I made a full commitment that I'm gonna be in America. I made a full commitment that I'm gonna get into show business and I'm going to be a leading man. No matter what it takes I will do the work. I will do the work over and over and over until I get it. And the same is in politics and everything like that. So, to me, it is very dangerous to have a plan B, because you're cutting yourself off from the chance of really succeeding.
And the reason one of the main reasons why people want to have a plan B is because they are worried about failing. What if I fail then I don't have anything else? well, let me tell you something. Don't be afraid of failing, because there's nothing wrong with failing, You have to fail in order to climb that ladder. There's no one that doesn't fail.
Michael Jordan said in one of his interviews when they said“you're unbelievable”“you the greatest basketball player of all times, and he says“well, you just mentioned the successes”,but he says“For me, to become the greatest basketball player, I missed 9,000 shots when I was playing basketball the NBA games.”So, during this games that he was so successful, he missed 9000 shots. Does it make him a failure? No. He is one of the greatest basketball player of all times, but he failed 9,000 times! Do you get it? We all fail! It's okay.
What is another case is when you fail you stay down, whoever stays down is a loser. Winners will fail and get up, fail and get up, fail and get up. You always get up, that is a winner.
I lost body-building competitions; I lost powerlifting competitions; I lost weightlifting competitions; I had movies that went in the toilet and that were terrible and got the worst reviews. We all lose! We all have loses! This is okay. And this is why I say don't be worried about losing, because when you're afraid of losing, then you get frozen, you get stiff you're not relaxed. In order to perform well in anything, if it's in boxing or if it is on your job or with your thinking, It is only happening when you relax.
So, relax. It's okay to fail. let's just go all out and give it everything that you got!. That's what it is all about, So, don't be afraid to fail!