Behind the bodybuilding, acting, real estate investing, and politician is Arnold, The Master Salesman, who has a herculean level of ambition, willingness to take risk and defy the odds. Arnold's drive and hunger is impressive and this story has really boosted my admiration for him. Happiness can be found in the journey and Arnold demonstrated numerous transformation journey's and bets he took on himself and others. Some of the 10 principles which stood out the most to me where the importance of putting in the reps; practice, to not let pride get in the way, to take care of your body and mind and always stay hungry.
I have been a big fan of Arnold's for a while and have a received a number of recommendations to read this book from many friends. As I seem to be in a biography reading phase these last couple of years, this jumped to the top of the list to read.
“There are no shortcuts—everything is reps, reps, reps.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
“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.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
“The difference between those who adapted and those who didn't, Gorton said, was a willingness to totally commit.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
“The more knowledge you have, the more you're free to rely on your instincts.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
“I never felt that I was good enough, strong enough, smart enough. He let me know that there was always room for improvement. A lot of sons would have been crippled by his demands, but instead the discipline rubbed off on me. I turned it into drive.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
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