Born on July 30, 1947 Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, filmmaker, businessman, author, and former politician and professional bodybuilder.
Schwarzenegger began lifting weights at the age of 15, and went on to win the Mr. Universe title at age 20 before winning the Mr. Olympia contest seven times; he remains a prominent presence in bodybuilding and has written many books and articles on the sport.
Introduction to Hollywood
Schwarzenegger gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film icon. His breakthrough film was the sword-and-sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian (1982), a box-office hit that resulted in a sequel in 1984. He appeared as the title character in James Cameron‘s critically and commercially successful sci-fi action films i.e..
- The Terminator (1984)
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
- Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
- Terminator Genisys (2015)
- Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)
He also starred in other successful action films such as Commando (1985), The Running Man (1987), Predator (1987), Total Recall (1990), and True Lies (1994).
Introduction to Politics
A Republican, Schwarzenegger was first elected on October 7, 2003, in a special recall election to replace then-Governor Gray Davis. He was sworn in on November 17, to serve the remainder of Davis’ term. He was then re-elected in the 2006 California gubernatorial election, to serve a full term as governor. In 2011, he completed his second term as governor and returned to acting.
Schwarzenegger was nicknamed the “Austrian Oak” in his bodybuilding days, “Arnie” or “Schwarzy” during his acting career, and “The Governator” (a portmanteau of “Governor” and “Terminator”) during his political career.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes
“You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pocket.”
“Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.”
“There are no shortcuts—everything is reps, reps, reps.”
“If I can see it and believe it, then I can achieve it.”
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
What is the point of being on this Earth if you are going to be like everyone else?
Just like in bodybuilding, failure is also a necessary experience for growth in our own lives, for if we’re never tested to our limits, how will we know how strong we really are? How will we ever grow?
If you want to turn a vision into reality, you have to give 100% and never stop believing in your dream.
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.
Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life.
The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.
What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when I didn’t think I could lift another ounce of weight. What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know.
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.
Positive thinking can be contagious. Being surrounded by winners helps you develop into a winner.
Failure is not an option. Everyone has to succeed.
You have to remember something: Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.
It’s not what you get out of life that counts. Break your mirrors! In our society that is so self-absorbed, begin to look less at yourself and more at each other. you’ll get more satisfaction from having improved your neighborhood, your town, your state, your country, and your fellow human beings than you’ll ever get from your muscles, your figure, your automobile, your house, or your credit rating.
The more knowledge you have, the more you’re free to rely on your instincts.
Be hungry for success, hungry to make your mark, hungry to be seen and to be heard and to have an effect. And as you move up and become successful, make sure also to be hungry for helping others.
“You’ll get more from being a peacemaker than a warrior.”