Today, i’d like to share with you a call to action from Arnold Schwarzenegger. Through grit, determination and relentless hard work he has achieved greatness, and this is his philosophy;
“It is so important that you work your butt off. Don’t ever look for shortcuts. You have to recognize that there are 24 hours a day. We sleep six hours a day. I know there are some of you that say, “Wait a minute, I take more time to sleep.” I say, “Just sleep faster, okay? Because you should only spend six hours in bed because otherwise it’s a waste of time, and then you have 18 hours left.”
Most people work, let’s say, eight or 10 hours. So now you still have eight hours left.
What do we do with these eight hours? is really the question.
So this is when you have to study and learn something new. The key thing is, is to keep in mind what is your goal, and keep looking at that as you get up and dust yourself off. Okay?”
In his own inimitable way, Arnie reminds us that we should embrace lifelong learning and strive to improve ourselves every day. My favourite line, however is “get up and dust yourself off”. This is a reality check, and an important one, because things will not always go according to plan. It is, therefore, crucial that you become resilient and better able to persevere through the challenging times. This is what will allow you to get back up and move forward having learned from the experience.
Rather than binge watching the latest box set or going out, spend your downtime working towards your goals. Hustle, grind, work…whatever it is that you call it, that is exactly what you should be doing. This may mean networking, building your brand, creating a website or drafting a business plan. As hard and tiring as it may be to give up your free time in order to chase your dreams, in the end it will be worth it. After all, while others are at rest or play, you have the perfect opportunity to steal a march on them. Don’t waste it.