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Success in an endeavor such as setting up and running a business requires more than capital. It also requires a bold vision and clear goals. In this insightful, amusing, and inspirational video the ‘Terminator', Arnold Schwarzenegger gives his views on achieving success.

The Power Of Having Vision And Goals

Without the two pillars of “Vision and Goals,” your chances of success as an entrepreneur will be minimal. The good news is, it is easy to surmount many of life's challenges if you can prevail on this front. One person who succeeded by having vision and goals is Arnold Schwarzenegger. Here is some information on how he did this:

Schwarzenegger's Incredible Vision

Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most famous bodybuilders and movie actors in the world. Born in Austria in 1947, Schwarzenegger chose bodybuilding as a career at the tender age of 14.

According to the Austrian Oak, he pursued his vision of becoming the best bodybuilder with such incredible zeal he broke into the local gym during weekends to train — the gym would normally be closed for business during this time.

By the age of 17, Arnold started participating in bodybuilding competitions and won the junior Mr. Europe title in 1965 while serving in the Austrian Army. Shortly in 1967, Schwarzenegger won the Mr. Universe title aged 20 years, a record he holds to date.

He would go on to win the Mr. Universe title three times and the Mr. Olympia title seven times. These feats cemented his status as one of the greatest bodybuilders in modern history.

Along the way, Schwarzenegger purposed to be the greatest actor and made a point of telling this to his coach at the time, Roger C. Field. Since Schwarzenegger appeared in “Hercules in New York” in the 1970s, he has featured in dozens of films, including the Terminator sci-fi series. Besides bodybuilding and acting, Arnold served as the governor of California between 2003 and 2011.

Why Vision and Goals Matter

According to Arnold, “the most important thing is to have a vision“. Such a vision must be well-thought-out, not an idea or thought lurking somewhere in the recesses of your mind.

In fact, Schwarzenegger recommends taking time to think carefully about what you want. Having vision and goals makes actualizing everything in your mind much easier.

Such a vision drove the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to build a company whose products revolutionized the mobile device industry. Vision also gives you the drive and purpose to wake up every day fired up and enthusiastic. Without this drive, you would simply be going through meaningless motions or forcing yourself to work.


Having vision and goals is not enough to put you on the pedestal of success. You must have laser focus as well. This means not allowing trivial and non-important issues to distract/divert your attention.

Focus also means sticking to your vision even when doubts start creeping into your mind. This will happen at some point because the goals and vision you have will not materialize overnight. They could take months or years to pan out.


Arnold's enthusiasm was so real, working out in the gym was a joyous experience. Arnold would be smiling when others would have sour faces or curse while lifting weights.

This is not something you would expect in a gym where people typically put muscles, tendons, joints, and sinews under immense stress and pressure. This type of approach made it possible for Arnold to overcome many challenges on his way to making his vision reality.


Having vision and goals is necessary if you want to achieve meaningful outcomes in life. In addition, you have to make your vision as realistic as possible and work towards actualizing it every day.

At the same time, you must focus your attention, energies, and resources on the plan you have laid out. Finally, remain enthusiastic about your prospects for success.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger On Having Vision And Goals