Now of course people ask me all the time. They
say to me,”what is the secret to success?” The first rule is: trust yourself.
What I mean by that is 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, deep 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 what you be, but you. I’m talking
about figuring out for yourselves what makes you happy. No matter how crazy it may sound
to other people. So rule number one is of course trust yourself
no matter how or what anyone else thinks. And of course rule number two is: break the
rules. We have so many rules in life about everything. I say break the rules, not the
law, but break 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 that’s
what I believe after all, what is the point of being on this earth if all you want to
do is be liked by everyone and avoid trouble? The only way that I ever got any place was
by breaking some of the rules. Which of course brings me to rule number three.
Don’t be afraid to fail. Anything that I’ve ever attempted, I was always willing to fail.
You can’t always win but don’t be afraid of making decisions. You can’t be paralysed 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. Which brings me to rule number four which
is: don’t listen to the naysayers. I mean how many times have you heard you can’t do
this and you can’t do that and it’s never been done before? As a matter of fact I love
it when someone says,”No one has ever done this before.” Because then when I do it, that
means I am the first one that has done it. So pay no attention to the people who say
it can’t be done. You gotta love it ladies and gentlemen. You
gotta love it, its gotta be what you are supposed to do. You want to sing even though they won’t
invite you to Carnegie Hall, you gonna sing to anybody that will listen to you including
singing to yourself. You gotta write even if no one published your book write because
that was given to you to do. You do what it is you’re supposed to do. You supposed to
build something? You’re supposed to create something? “I don’t know how to do it.” Learn!
Do whatever is required. It’s necessary if you want it you gotta go into action. You
gotta be willing to experiment. You gotta be willing to fail and to succeed. You gotta
be willing to form and develop new relationships. It’s you, it’s on you, you gotta make that
happen. Nobody is going to bring it to you on a silver platter and say,”Here’s your dream
manifested.” No! It’s hard, yes it’s hard. It’s difficult, that’s right. And it’s worth
it. That brings me to rule number five what is
the most important rule of all: work your butt off. You never want to fail because you
didn’t work hard enough. I never wanted to lose a competition, or lose an election because
I didn’t work hard enough. I always believed leaving no stone unturned. Muhammad Ali, one
of my great heroes had a great line in the 70’s when he was asked,”How many sit ups do
you do?” He said,”I don’t count my sit ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting.
When I feel pain, that’s when I start counting because that’s what makes you a champion.”
That’s the way it is with everything. No pain, no gain. “Whatever it takes, I will do.” That’s the
answer I want to hear from you. And if you do not see it, and if you do not believe it,
who else will? That takes me to rule number six. 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. Remember those six rules.
Trust yourself. Break some rules.
Don’t be afraid to fail. Ignore the naysayers.
Work like hell. And give something back.