What I’m Watching: Arnold on Having a Purpose

YouTube is a great place to find motivational mashups that get you excited to change your life. But then you wake up the next morning and you hit the snooze button, and you hit it again and again, and then you’re back behind the 8-ball.

That said, sometimes motivation is necessary. It’s sort of like a drug: When used at the right time and in the proper dosages, it can be highly effective.

But to this particular video, I didn’t research it. I don’t know when Arnold gave the talk. I don’t know who the uploader (Mulligan Brothers) is. I didn’t even look at when the video was uploaded. Honestly, I didn’t have any expectations of this video, other than perhaps to hear Arnold mention his bodybuilding, acting and political careers.

I was right on those fronts. But I ended up watching the entire 12-minute mashup because Arnold threw in some gems.

Takeaway No. 1: You need a purpose. It’s the truth. If you don’t have one, you’ll most likely be living an unfulfilled and aimless existence.

Takeaway No. 2: Sleep faster. I nearly laughed out loud when Arnold said this. He was outlining what we typically do in a day and mentioned that we sleep for 6 hours. When some folks in the audience expressed that they need more than 6 hours, Arnold responded, “Well, sleep faster.” It’s kind of a slap in the face of all the sleep science out there, but I tend to agree: A driven person is not going to be sleeping in late every day.

Takeaway No. 3: Failure is staying down when adversity hits. Success is getting back up and pushing along. Plain and simple. Yuuuuuh!