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Biography and Inspiring Lessons to learn from Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger

I first got to learn so much about Arnold Schwarzenegger from the current book I am reading: Think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill. Earlier the only description I had of Arnold Schwarzenegger was that he was a movie actor. But reading from the book, I got to learn so many other inspiring sides of this great man.

Who is Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was born on July 30, 1947.  His parents were Gustav Schwarzenegger Aurelia Jadrny. Arnold’s dad, Gustav Schwarzenegger, was an Austrian police chief, postal inspector, and a military police officer.

Arnold is an immigrant from Austria who pursued his dream of coming to America and later became the world’s greatest bodybuilder, highest paid actor, and eventually Governor of California.

His Early Life

Arnold Schwarzenegger began lifting weights at a very young age of 15. He won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times, remaining a prominent presence in bodybuilding and has remained a prominent presence in the sport of bodybuilding. His love and passion for the sport led him to write several books and many articles on sports such as The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding, The Governator to mention a few.

His Acting Career

The great Arnold Schwarzenegger started his acting career primarily with small roles in film and television in the year 1969. For his first film role, he was credited as “Arnold Strong”, but was credited with his birth name then. He has appeared mainly in action and comedy films.

In the 1980s, Schwarzenegger began his primary character in two film franchises: as Conan in the Conan series and as The Terminator in the Terminator series. His other film roles include CommandoThe Running ManPredatorTotal RecallLast Action Hero and True Lies. Although Schwarzenegger’s acting career was put on hiatus due to his position as Governor of California, he also made several cameos in various films while in office, including The Kid & I and The Expendables. On February 11, 2011, just over a month after leaving office, Schwarzenegger announced he would return to acting.


Schwarzenegger has received several awards and nominations for his work in Films.

  • Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture
  • Nominated for various awards for his roles in Terminator 2 Judgment DayJunior, and True Lies.
  • According to Box Office Mojo, a box office revenue tracking website, films in which Schwarzenegger has acted have grossed a total of more than $7 billion within the United States, with an average of $67 million per film and total $4.0 billion worldwide.
  • According to The Numbers, another box office revenue tracking website, films in which Schwarzenegger has acted have totally grossed around $5 billion worldwide.

His Political Career

As a way to fully maximize his full potential, Arnold veered into politics. For years, Schwarzenegger discussed with friends, potential donors, advisors, and political allies a possible run for high political office. (He didn’t jump into politics overnight).

In 1990, Schwarzenegger was appointed Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in the administration of George H. W. Bush and he held the position till 1993.

On November 5, 2002, Schwarzenegger scored his first real political success, when Californians approved his personally crafted and sponsored Proposition 49, the “After School Education and Safety Program Act of 2002,” an initiative to make state grants available for after-school programs.

In March 2001, Schwarzenegger was asked to run for governor by the California Republican Party. In his words, he said:  “Yes, I would love to be governor of California If the state needs me, and if there’s no one I think is better, then I will run.”

On October 7, 2003, Arnold was elected governor of California, the nation’s most populous state, after mounting an 11-week campaign on a reform-themed platform. Schwarzenegger, a Republican, replaced Democrat Gray Davis, the first U.S. governor since 1921 to be recalled by referendum.

5 Inspiring things to learn from Arnold Schwarzenegger

  1. He was too determined to succeed right from an early age: He first picked up a barbell at the age of 13 and chose bodybuilding as a career at the age of 14. He was so dedicated that he would break into his local gym at the weekend, when it was closed, in order to train.
  2. He pursued his Passion beyond limitations: During a year of national service in the Austrian army, he went AWOL during basic training in order to attend a bodybuilding competition. He spent a week in an army jail.
  3. He is a smart financial investor: He used what he learned in school to invest his bodybuilding contest winnings in real estate and to market gym equipment and exercise supplements. By age 22, he was already a self-made millionaire even before appearing in his first movie.
  1. He succeeded as a Politician and made a name for himself: He didn’t accept his governor salary of $175,000 per year because of his already substantial wealth from his acting and business career. He also signed the Donda West Law, making it mandatory for patients to provide medical clearance for elective cosmetic surgery.
  2. He succeeded as an Actor: In his movie career, he won several awards, made a great fortune from acting and is known as one of the richest actors of all times.



I trust you have been inspired by the great Arnold Schwarzenegger from this post. Enjoy this short inspiring video on 5 rules for success from him.








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