Success is the byproduct of hard work, dedication, perseverance, and vision. Arnold Schwarzenegger is one person that exemplifies these characteristics. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s story is one of perseverance and hard work. His persona and style awarded him praise as a bodybuilding star, actor, and a former governor of the state of California.
Most individuals successfully pursue one to two professions in their lifetime. By the time he turned 56 Arnold Schwarzenegger had undertaken three jobs. Bodybuilding, acting, and politics. Although not easy to obtain, Schwarzenegger succeeded in each one. He collected thirteen world bodybuilding titles, regarded as one of the most influential actors in Hollywood, and, without any political experience he ran a became the governor of California. Schwarzenegger would’ve never accomplished these things had he listened to his critics. As a result of his discipline, determination, and personal drive, he is proof that an immigrant from Austria can obtain the American dream.
Genesis of Arnold Schwarzenegger
Born on July 30, 1947, in Graz, Austria, Arnold Schwarzenegger was the son of a law enforcement officer, Gustav Schwarzenegger. His father was very instrumental in his upbringing as a child. Before becoming a law enforcement officer, Gustav Schwarzenegger was a military officer, who ran his household like the military. Arnold and his brother, before sunrise, were required to complete their chores. After their chores, they took part in a rigorous conditioning routine and then they were allowed to eat breakfast. Gustav developed a love of athletics in his children. Arnold’s older brother Meinhard Schwarzenegger was a boxing champion. Arnold himself was a promising soccer player. In conditioning his legs for the sport of soccer, he developed a love for bodybuilding that would eventually make him a superstar.
The Desire to Accomplish Greatness
Arnold Schwarzenegger pursued bodybuilding and weightlifting with fire. He prepared for hours a day at home with no heat, at a nearby fitness center, and a local gym. He also studied anatomy, physiology, and sports nutrition to inquire the best way to become physically healthy. Although his parents are stressing about his obsession with training, Schwarzenegger had his eyes on becoming a success in America and his plan was to leave his small hamlet behind. Arnold learned that individuals are consistently stronger than they know and understand.
In 1965, after he graduated from high school, Schwarzenegger joined the Austrian military. He won his first bodybuilding title, Mr. Junior Europe after one month of enlistment. The contest was held in Germany. Schwarzenegger without permission had left the army base to take part in the competition. In the brig, which is a holding place for individuals in the military who’ve committed violations, he spent another year as a result. After he had been released, Schwarzenegger resumed his training often spending up to five hours a day in the gym.
The arduous schedule of Schwarzenegger paid off in 1967. Schwarzenegger at 20 years of age won his first Mr. Universe title. The annual competition sponsored by the National Amateur Bodybuilders Association (NABBA), judged the body on such matters as size and definition of proportion, balance and muscles of body parts, and presentation. Being the youngest person to win the contest, Schwarzenegger was confident that he would retain his title the following year. He was elated because his dream of traveling to America was about to come true.
Although he failed to win in 1968, Schwarzenegger was discovered by bodybuilding pioneer Joe Weider. Weider was astonished by the young bodybuilder. He encouraged him to stay in America and train in Los Angeles, California with him. Schwarzenegger grasped the opportunity. Weider became the mentor of Schwarzenegger; Schwarzenegger dedicated himself to being the best. He recovered his Mr. Universe crown in 1969 and went on to command every prestigious bodybuilding contest, including Mr. World, and Mr. Olympia.
Schwarzenegger made the sport famous as well as truly being a superstar bodybuilder. He wrote articles about his innovative training means in Weider’s fitness publications. He was also featured in Pumping Iron, a documentary about the life of bodybuilding. The documentary gave Schwarzenegger a glimpse of Hollywood stardom. At thirty-three, he formally retired bodybuilding to commit himself to a profession that was new: performing.
Schwarzenegger in a few low-budget films in the 1970s was cast mainly in limited roles that needed big muscles, not an enormous ability. In 1982, he was picked to act as the head part in Conan the Barbarian. Again, Schwarzenegger’s strength was in his biceps, not his performing skills. Critics downgraded his performance, claiming that it was very hard to comprehend his dialog. Crowds, however, loved the movie, making it a box-office smash.
The Terminator, a film about a cyborg sent to destroy the mother of a future rebellion leader, Arnold plays the protective cyborg. He all but uttered seventy-four words throughout the entire film. Crowds enjoyed it and made it a Sci-Fi thriller. He is famous for his “Awl be buck” statement.
Success is Inevitable. It’s Up to You
“Success comes before work only in the dictionary.” Arnold Schwarzenegger is living proof of that declaration. He never let circumstances or situations define him or become a hindrance to him obtaining his goals. In doing so, he was able to accomplish many things that people thought he would never do. His will and determination prove that an individual can achieve anything if they set their mind and heart on achieving a goal.
Becoming successful is a process. Just like Arnold Schwarzenegger perseverance made it possible for him to achieve. He didn’t allow circumstances or people the opportunity to define who he was. Arnold Schwarzenegger had a plan to achieve. He had a plan; he visualized achieving his goals, and he ignored others. No matter what your ambitions or goals are in life, you determine what you will accomplish. There is an old saying… “if the mountain was smooth you couldn’t climb it”. There will be obstacles and roadblocks. Achieving your goals is a direct result in how you handled them. Be successful and get to the mountaintop.