The companies exhibiting at Cebit to find new business, rather than complaining about the state of the economy, are winners, not whiners, he said.
Schwarzenegger echoed previous speakers' praise for California's economic drive and entrepreneurial culture.
"California is not just another state, we're more like a nation state. We are the eighth-largest economy and the innovation capital of the world," he said.
Although Schwarzenegger found riches and fame in California, that's not where his winning streak began, he said.
It was on a previous visit to Germany that the foundations of his success were built, he said. At age 19, he moved from his native Austria to Munich in Southern Germany to help manage a friend's gymnasium. "It was there that I learned the discipline and work ethic that still drives me today," he said.
His current trip won't be his last, he said, concluding his speech with the famous phrase from his film, "The Terminator": "I'll be back."