I'm here to talk about success... right

the first rule of success is to have a vision 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. it's like you can have the best ship in the world

you can have the best airplane in the world

if the pilot or the captain doesn't know where to go

it would just drift around you would not end up anywhere most likely in the wrong place

so I was very fortunate that I stumble onto my vision

I mean as you know I was born in 1947 in Austria after the Second World War

and I didn't really like Austria when I grew up I couldn't wait to get out of there

I couldn't see myself becoming a farmer or working in a factory or anything like that

even though my parents wanted me to stay there and have a normal life

my father wanted me to become a police officer like he was

my mother wanted me just to stay there and marry a girl in the name of Heidi hopefully and have a bunch of kids

and run around like the Von Trapp family in the sound of music

but that was their vision not mine

my vision was totally different I felt that I was born for something special for something unique for something big

do you know how great it felt that I knew where I was going

imagine the majority of people don't know where they're going

it's when you have a goal when you have a vision everything becomes easy

because remember that in America for instance when you study you will see the

percentage of people that like their jobs

74% hate their job in America now this is not much different when you come to Europe

the majority of people don't like what they're doing

because they're really not doing it because they didn't have a goal and they'd followed

this goal they're just aimlessly drift around and

then all of a sudden there's a job opening so they get their job

because you have to work but then when you work it's a job it's well it's not fun

so if you think about only a quarter of the people really enjoy what they're

doing in life that is unbelievable if you think about it so I felt so blessed

that I knew what I was doing it's like a medical student that studies

and knows he wants to become a doctor you know where to go

so I knew where to go. so people always ask me when they saw me in the gym

in the pumping iron days you see 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 and then look sour in the face

why is that and i told people all the time I said because to me I am shooting for gold

in front of me is the mr. Universe title so every rep that I do gets me closer

to accomplishing that goal to make this goal this vision turn into reality

every single set that I do every repetition every weight that I lift will get me

step closer to turn his goal in the reality so I couldn't wait to do another

500 pound squat. I couldn't wait it to do another 500 pound bench press I couldn't

wait to another 2,000 reps of sit-ups I couldn't wait for the next exercise for

the next half hour posing and all the kind of things that you have to do you'll be a champion

and with the age of 20 with the age of 20 I went to London

and a won the Mr Universe contest as the youngest mr. universe ever

and it was because I had a goal 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 a purpose. so that's rule number one. have a vision

rule number two is don't listen to the naysayers

don't listen to the naysayers

everything I ever did the thing that the head out of people's mouths was that's impossible that can't be done

oh no. so whenever someone said to me it can't be done I heard it can be done

when they said no I heard yes. I mean they said it's impossible I heard it is possible

I'm a strong believer what Nelson Mandela said that everything is always impossible until someone does it

well I'm gonna be the one that said to myself

I'm gonna do it and I'm gonna show it to them

maybe it has never been done before that's perfectly fine with me

but I am gonna do it and I did not listen to the naysayers

Next thing the third point that I'm gonna make to you is before we sit down with you're gonna talk about the rest of the three 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

and 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 do something for 45 minutes to an hour

to improve if it is physically improve of it is mentally to improve

imagine you read one hour a day about history how much you will learn after 365 hours in one year

think about if you study about the history of musicians of composers

how much you would know imagine if you work on the business and

some business that you want to develop every day for an hour

imagine how further along you will go and get

so it drives me nuts because we have but people said we don't have the time we

have 24 hours a day we sleep 6 hours a day so that gives you still 18 hours but

there's someone shaking the head out there in front to say probably

I don't sleep 6 hours. I sleep eight hours right

just sleep faster

so we have 18 hours a day the average person works around 8 to 10 hours

so let's assume it's 10 hours so we have 8 hours left then you travel around

an hour a day maybe 2 hours a day so now you've still 6 hours left

so what do you do it is 6 hours well it'll be the 6 hours then we eat a little bit

maybe schmooze a little bit talk a little bit the people in order

and stuff but you can see how much time today is available if you organize your day

so you got to work hard. I mean let me tell you something when I went to America

I went to college. I went and worked out five hours a day

and I was working in construction because in those days in bodybuilding

there was no money I didn't have the money for food supplements or anything

so I had to go to work so worked in construction I went to college

I 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 as I did all that there was not one single minute that I wasted

I became very friendly with Muhammad Ali in the 70s

Muhammad Ali worked his butt off and i saw it firsthand now remember that

there was a sports rider that was there in the gym when he was working out and

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 that. he doesn't

start counting his sit-ups and until he feels pain that's when he starts counting

that is working hard and so you can't get around the hardwork it doesn't

matter who it is as a matter of fact I believe what Ted Turner said work like hell and advertise

you get it. work like hell go to bed and early early to rise work like hell and advertise

so you broke the ass off and then you let the world know about your

work that's what it is all about that people know if you have a company

if you have a movie if you do a sports work your ass off but then advertise and let everyone know

I hate plan B and I tell you why because we have so many doubters

as I've said earlier that you to no sayers we have so many of those people

that say no and you can't do it it's impossible that is okay because we just turn off

as I said earlier listen and we hear that no being a yes

you can't do it do it to you can do it and all that so that that is 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

if that means that you start thinking about Plan B and every thought that you

put into Plan B you're taking away now that thought and that energy from

playing A and 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 is no safety net

people perform better in sports and everything else if you don't have a plan B

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 is 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

we all fail it's okay

what is not okay is that when you fail you stay down whoever stays down is a loser

and winners will fail and get up fail and get up fail and get up

you always get up that is a winner that is a winner

hey we all lose you all have lost us 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 you've got to be in order to perform

well in anything if it's in boxing or if it is on your job or with your thinking

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 this is one of my six rules to success you can only feel

complete as a person if you think about what can you do for

your fellow member around you that maybe needs help

I felt like that everyone has a different motivation

why you get into that I was an immigrant going to America

and I saw how America was the most generous country in the world

I mean they opened up their arms to me they helped me they invited me for

Thanksgiving dinner the people they brought me the bodybuilders in the gym

brought me plates to my apartment because I had no plates had no silverware

I had no bed where I had no pillows and the blanket

I had no TV I had no radio I had nothing

they brought it to my apartment they helped me that's all that first hand this generosity

in America and i said to myself as an immigrant that is being embraced

without moms that I need to go and make sure that I give something back