Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Arnold Schwarzenegger - PROVE THEM WRONG Motivational Video #2 - One of the BEST SPEECH VIDEOS

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How many times have you heard that you can't do this, you can't do that,

and it's never been done before? Just imagine if Bill Gates had quit when people said it

can't be done. I hear this all the time. As a matter of fact, I love it when someone says

that no one has ever done this before, because then when I do it that means that I'm

the first one that has done it and I said to my family I want

to be a bodybuilding champion." Now, you can imagine how that went over in my

home in Austria. My parents, they couldn't believe it. They would have been

just happy if I would have become a police officer like my father, or married

someone like Heidi, had a bunch of kids and ran around like

the von Trapp family in Sound of Music. That's what my family had in mind for me,

but something else burned inside me. Something burned inside me. I wanted to

be different; I was determined to be unique. I was driven to think big and to

dream big. Everyone else thought that I was crazy. My friends said, "If you want to

be a champion in a sport, why don't you go and become a bicycle champion or a skiing

champion or a soccer champion? Those are the Austrian sports." But I didn't care. I

wanted to be a bodybuilding champion and use that to come to America, and use that to

go into the movies and make millions of dollars.

So pay no attention to the people that say it can't be done.

After all, I remember that after I was finished with my bodybuilding career I

wanted to get into acting and I wanted to be a star in films. You can imagine what the

agents said when I went to meet all those agents. Everyone had the same line, that

it can't be done, the rules are different here. They said, "Look at your body. You have

this huge monstrous body, overly developed. That doesn't fit into the

movies. You don't understand. This was 20 years ago, the Hercules

movies. Now the little guys are in, Dustin Hoffman, Woody Allen, Jack

Nicholson." And the agents also complained about my accent. They said, "No one ever became a

star with an accent like that, especially not with a German accent. And yes,

I can imagine with your name, Arnold Schwartzenschnitzel, or whatever the name, is

on a billboard. Yeah, that's going to draw a lot of tickets and sell a lot of

tickets. Yeah, right." So this is the kind of negative attitude they had. But I

didn't listen to those rules, even though they were very nice and they said, "Look, we can

get you some bit parts. We can get you to be playing a wrestler or

a bouncer. Oh, maybe with your German accent we can get you to be a Nazi officer in

Hogan's Heroes or something like that." But I didn't listen to all this.

hose were their rules, not my rules. I was convinced I could do it if

I worked as hard as I did in bodybuilding, five hours a day. And I started getting to work,

I started taking acting classes. I took English classes, took speech classes,

dialogue classes. Accent removal classes I even took.

And finally I broke through. I broke through and I started getting the first

parts in TV; Streets of San Francisco, Lucille Ball hired me, I made Pumping

Iron, Stay Hungry. And then I got the big break in Conan the Barbarian.

And there the director said, "If we wouldn't have Schwarzenegger, we would have to

build one." Now, think about that. And then, when I did Terminator, "I'll be back,"

became one of the most famous lines in movie history, all because of

my crazy accent. Now, think about it. The things that the agents said would be

totally a detriment and would make it impossible for me to get a job, all of a

sudden became an asset for me, all of those things, my accent, my body and everything.

So it just shows to you, never listen to that you can't do something. And, "You have to

work your way up, of course, run for something else first." I mean, it was

he same when I ran for governor, the same lines, that you have to work your way up, it

can't be done. And then, of course, I ran for governor and the rest, of course, is

history. They said you have to start with a small job as mayor and then

as assemblyman and then as lieutenant governor and then as governor. And they said

that's the way it works in a political career. I said, "I'm not interested in a

political career. I want to be a public servant. I want to fix California's

problems and bring people together and bring the parties together. So, like I said, I

said, I decided to run, I didn't pay attention to the rules. And I made it and

the rest is history.

People ask me all the time, they say to me, "What is the secret to success?"

so 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.

And I'm talking about not what your parents and teachers want you to be, but you. Im

talking about figuring out for yourselves what makes you happy, no

matter how crazy it may sound to other people. I spent a lot of time by myself, so I

I could figure out and listen to what is inside my heart and inside my head. Something

burned inside me. I wanted to be different; I was determined to be unique. I was

driven to think big and to dream big. I always wanted to be very intense, I always

wanted to be number one. I took it very seriously, my career and so this

intensity always paid off for me, this commitment always paid off for me.

I didn't want to just be a bodybuilding champion, I wanted to be the best bodybuilder

of all time. The same was in the movies. I didn't want to just be a movie star; I wanted to be a great

movie star that is the highest paid movie star and have above-the-title billing. I

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 hear this all the time.

was told that to my face... You are nothing but a giant muscle,

you can't act and you have no future and you have an accent that is laughable. it just shows you

again so much for it can't be done. This is why I try to tell you, anything and

everything can be done if you can visualize it and if you believe in yourself.

You are going to find the naysayers in every turn that you makeDont listen!

Just visualize your goal, know exactly where you want to go. Trust yourself.

So pay no attention to the people who say it cant be done.

trust yourself, no matter how and what anyone else thinks. What is the point of being

on this earth if all you want to do is be liked by everyone and avoid trouble? We have

so many rules in life about everything. The only way that I ever got

anyplace was by breaking some of 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. Now, of course,

this journey is not going to be without any setbacks, failures or

disappointments. That's just the way life is. Don't be afraid to fail. You can't

always win, but don't 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.

I always believed leaving no stone unturned. That's what makes you a

champion. But 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. You never want to fail because you didn't work hard

enough. But if you want to win, there is absolutely no way around hard, hard work.

No pain, no gain.

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. ear down that mirror. Tear down that

mirror that makes you always look at yourself, and you will be able to look

beyond that mirror and you will see the millions of people that need your help.

Reaching out and helping people will bring you more satisfaction than

anything else you have ever done.

Trust yourself, Break some rules, Don't be afraid to fail, Ignore the naysayers, Work

like hell and give something back, I

remember my mother-in-law, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, when she started Special Olympics

in 1968 people said that it would not work. The experts, the doctors that

specialized in mental disabilities and mental retardation said, "It can't be done.

You can't bring people out of their institutions. You can't make them

participate in sports, in jumping and swimming and in running. They will hurt

themselves, they will hurt each other, they will drown in the pool."

Now, 40 years later, Special Olympics is one of the greatest

in 164 countries, dedicated to people with mental

disabilities and that are intellectually challenged. And she did

not take no for an answer. And the same is when you look at Barack Obama. I mean,

imagine, if he would have listened. If he would have listened to the naysayers he

would have never run for president. People said it couldn't be done, that he

couldn't get elected, that he couldnt beat Hillary Clinton, that he would never

win the general election. But he followed his own heart, he didnt listen to the

"You can't," and he changed the course of American history. So over and over you see

that. If I would have listened to the naysayers I would still be in the

Austrian Alps yodeling. I would never have come to America. I would have never

met my wonderful wife Maria Shriver, I would have never had the wonderful four

kids, I would have never done Terminator, and I wouldn't be standing here in

front of you today as governor of the greatest state of the greatest country

in the world. So I never listen that, "You can't."

I always listen to myself and say, "Yes, you can."

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