Born: July 30, 1947, Austria | Successful For: Bodybuilder, Actor, Governor | Zodiac Sign: Leo
“The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.”
– Arnold Schwarzenegger
Inner Keys to Success:
- GREATNESS COMES TO THOSE WHO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES: Schwarzenegger grew up in a poor, broken home. His father was abusive, and his family had little to live off of, but Schwarzenegger’s focus was always on something greater. At 18, Arnold Schwarzenegger was in the army, however, he literally left without consent (which was illegal), to enter his first bodybuilding competition where he won the Mr. Junior Europe Title. In his mind, this was his ticket to his dream lifestyle, “The Mr. Universe title was my ticket to America – the land of opportunity, where I could become a star and get rich.” Schwarzenegger won Mr. Olympia a massive 7 times with this mentality. When in the acting industry, in the movie The Barbarian, Schwarzenegger said that after several takes, his legs were cut up, but he was so motivated to have the end picture complete that it didn’t matter about the pain he was going through, what mattered was what would be on the film. He stated pain was temporary but what will be on that film will last forever. This is how he’s able to thrive.
- MOTIVATION IS OFTEN FOUND IN WHAT INSPIRES YOU: Arnold Schwarzenegger used to watch a lot of movies as a kid, and coincidentally, he was a major fan of the Hercules movies starring Reg Parker. The movies inspired Schwarzenegger’s bodybuilding career, acting career, and love of America. Even though his mother and father had other plans for him, Arnold Schwarzenegger began weight training at 15 and had big goals. He would also hang up posters of bodybuilders all over his room, in fact, his mom at one point thought he was “gay” because of it, however, it was actually to keep him motivated, and allow him to visualize being the bodybuilder he strives to be. Schwarzenegger says “visualize your success, then go and do it.”
- KEEP SETTING GOALS, KEEP STRIVING FOR MORE, MAKE WINNING A HABBIT: Arnold Schwarzenegger understands the golden principle “how you do one thing is how you do everything” he has held many titles, which include Mr Olympian, the Governor of California, The Terminator and many more. The reason being, is that once he achieves something, he doesn’t stop he uses the same mentality to achieve his next goal. Schwarzenegger has built a muscle that doesn’t take no for an answer, overcoming adversity in bodybuilding allowed him to use the same mentality to overcome adversity in acting. He states that when he wanted to be an actor, everyone thought no one would want someone who couldn’t even speak English properly, who had a heavy accent, but he didn’t take no for an answer. Schwarzenegger then used that same mentality to become the Governor of California. “I knew I was a winner back in the late sixties. I knew I was destined for great things. People will say that kind of thinking is totally immodest. I agree. Modesty is not a word that applies to me in any way – I hope it never will.”
“For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.“ – Arnold Schwarzenegger
According to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s childhood friends, the man had three goals: to move to America, become an actor, and marry a Kennedy. With a winning, do whatever it takes self-motivated mentality, Schwarzenegger accomplished all 3!