Today’s quote: “If you don’t find the time, if you don’t do the work, you don’t get the results” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
I am reminded of what it is possible to do when I look at the life story of Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Arnold’s father was an abusive alcoholic Nazi cop.
He used to beat Arnold with belts. As an escape, Arnold watched action movies, and he developed a love for America.
Arnold felt his real future awaited him there, but his Father ridiculed his dreams.
His father wanted him to be a police officer, but Arnold’s will not be broken.
Bodybuilding was his only way out. So he did everything he could to train for competitions.
He even escaped basic army training to compete and spent a week in a military prison as punishment.
With only a dream and $20 in his pocket, Arnold left for America.
He arrived in California when he was 21 years old.
He worked as a bricklayer during the day, at night, he would focus on his dream of making it in America.
Many of his friends helped him out, giving him dishes and pillows because he was so broke. He started selling gym equipment, He then took any leftover money and made small investments in real estate.
Arnold had his sights set on Hollywood but he struggled early in his acting career.
He was told:
His body was too big and weird, He had a funny accent his name was too long – Schwarzenegger
But Arnold stayed true to himself and his dream, and quickly make a name for himself as an actor.
He got small role after small role, even won a Golden Globe for New Star of the year in 1976.
Arnold decided to focus on acting full-time.
It was a fateful decision, as he got a big role, even though it was in a low-budget movie.
A role turned down by Mel Gibson, Tom Selleck, Chevy Chase, and almost given to OJ Simpson.
But in 1984, “The Terminator” launched Arnold to stardom, and he became an action hero icon,
With a bag full of blockbusters, Arnold reinvented himself yet again in 2003, when he left the world of entertainment to devote himself fully to public service,
eventually being elected Governor of California.
His movies have made billions but more importantly, he is the embodiment of the American Dream and a reminder that no matter where we come from, We are
the masters of our own destiny.
Any time you feel you are not doing that well read an inspirational true life story of people like Arnie. If he can do great things from humble beginnings then so can you.
Never stop believing.