Life lessons: Arnold Shwarzenegger

Life lessons: Arnold Shwarzenegger

Arnold Shwarzenegger has to be the most interesting man of all time.

He seems to have literally done everything ever – being described online as an “Austrian-American actor, producer, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, politician, and former professional bodybuilder who holds both Austrian and American citizenship“.

Don’t think anyone can argue with that then…

Arnold’s story

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Arnold Shwarzenegger was born in Austria to a relatively poor farming community family. Having found a passion for bodybuilding aged 15, he decided to pursue his dream, even going AWOL from his military service to compete in competitions. His dedication paid off as he eventually went on to become the youngest Mr. Olympia of all time at just 20 years of age.

His taste for success showed no signs of slowing down from there as he went on to start his own business, invest in stocks, become one of the highest grossing actors of all time and somehow managed to become the Governor of California for 8 years between 2003 and 2011.

Arnold’s best quotes

A man who made a living from his on-screen quotes wasn’t too shabby at generating a fair few off-screen as well. Here are a few of his best.

The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.

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.

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.

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.

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

5 life lessons we can learn from him

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You can literally be anything you want regardless of your start in life.

Arnold came from a poor Austrian family, didn’t speak a word of English until he was 20 and even then he had a thick Austrian accent that prevented him from getting many of the roles he applied for.

Yet he managed to become one of the highest grossing actors of all time, the most successful bodybuilder ever and join the American government in a senior ranking position. It just goes to show that no matter what your beginnings are, it is down to you to choose where you go from there.

Success takes hard work and huge sacrifice 

Arnold didn’t get where he was by putting in a bit of the work 50% of the time or a lot of the work 80% of the time. He put in all of the work 100% of the time. He was training multiple times a day every day when he was competing, while also winning powerlifting titles and becoming a professional actor.

This level of work ethic is not for the faint hearted and shows why only a select few of us ever make our dreams a reality. Arnold missed his own father’s funeral because he was training for a Mr. Olympia show at the time, this is the level of dedication you will need to become the best version of yourself (maybe you should attend your dad’s funeral though, just a thought).

Your mindset is half the battle 

Arnold took up a keen interest in psychology during his bodybuilding career as he understood the importance of keeping the mind sharp and used this to often psych out his competitors during bodybuilding shows.

Having the right mental tools in your arsenal can help you to overcome barriers to success and do things you never thought possible. I recommend studying the law of attraction and meditation over any other psychological skills as these will help you most when trying to achieve the success you want in life.

Set goals and surpass them

Arnold always set himself the strictest goals in whatever he set his hand to, he wanted to build 21-inch biceps, win the Mr. Olympia, be a millionaire, be an actor and a million other things. The man set huge goals and he achieved them.

There’s no point in setting small goals because what happens once you’ve achieved them? You get a false sense of victory and you become complacent. Set huge goals, dare to dream and shoot as high as you can. Nobody ever became a millionaire aiming to get a shelf-stacking job. The phrase “Aim for the moon; even if you miss you’ll land among the stars” will forever be the most relevant quote you’ll hear when setting yourself goals, stick to it.

Surround yourself with success

One thing Arnold done better than most was that he surrounded himself with immensely successful people throughout his life. During his bodybuilding career he would train with likes of Frank Columbo & Serge Nubret whilst when he entered business and politics he would call upon the advice of Donald Trump et al. 

There’s a reason he was the best to ever do it and that was because he surrounded himself with greatness wherever he went. You are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with, never forget that. If you want to be a loser surround yourself with losers, want to make more of yourself? Upgrade your company.

Arnold Shwarzenegger – the most interesting man of all time. The man can teach us all a lesson or two about life and we’d be wise to listen. If you want to learn any more about the Austrian Oak, a quick google of his name will bring up countless videos and articles about him so I’d start there.




  1. October 4, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    Arnold really is the man! One of my biggest inspirations.

    • October 4, 2017 / 4:14 pm

      Isn’t he just. Think he’s the majority of men’s inspiration haha!

      • October 4, 2017 / 9:52 pm

        Oh yeah. Arnold, Goku from Dragon Ball, and the heroes of the Bible are my top motivators.

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