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Building PowerArnold Schwarzenegger as a Role Model (self.TheRedPill)

submitted by GustavoMMarques

A few years ago a friend of mine told me to read Arnold Schwarzenegger's biography(Total Recall). I knew Arnold was a nice guy, a movies star, politician, etc. But never really got interested in it, but i always loved reading the history of great people, so i decided to give it a try and this book changed my life. We all know that in todays society we lack good male role models and, in my opnion, Arnold is one of the best out there. I always try to emulate his mindset and try to be more like him. I grew up without a father to teach me a lot of things and to give me a "winner" and manly mindset, but this book really helped me to build my "manly self". Every once in a while i go back to this book and read something again. I Really recommend you guys to read it. Throughout the book he tell exactly how he minds work and even gives tips on things he did that made him who he is and at the end of the book he made a list of things you should do to change yourself and i really think it fits this board. Here are a few things of this list. Hope you guys like it.

1- Take care of your body and your mind. Some of the earliest advice that stuck in my head was Fredi Gerstl channeling Plato. “The Greeks started the Olympics, but they also gave us the great philosophers,” he would say. “You have to build the ultimate physical machine but also the ultimate of the mind.” Focusing on the body was no problem for me, and later on, I became really curious to develop my mind. I realized that the mind is a muscle and we should train it too. So I was determined to train my brain and get smart. I became like a sponge, absorbing everything around me. The world became my university, I developed such a need to learn and read and take it all in.

For people who are successful with their intelligence, the opposite applies. They need to exercise the body every day. Clint Eastwood exercises even when he’s directing and starring in a movie. Dmitri Medvedev worked endless hours when he was president of Russia, but he had a gym at home and worked out two hours each day. If world leaders have time to work out, so do you.

Many years after hearing it from Fredi Gerstl, I heard the same idea of balance from the Pope. I visited the Vatican with Maria and her parents in 1983 for a private audience with John Paul II. Sarge was talking spiritual talk because he was an expert in that. Eunice asked the Holy Father about what kids should do to become better people and he said, “Just pray. Just pray.”

I talked to him about his workouts. Just before we went, I’d read a magazine story that described how athletic the pope was and what good shape he was in. To him, besides religion, life was about taking care of both your mind and your body. So we talked about that. He was known for getting up at five in the morning and reading newspapers in six different languages and doing two hundred push-ups and three hundred sit-ups, all before breakfast and before his workday began. He was a skier too, and he skied even after he became pope.

And he was already in his sixties, twenty-seven years older than me. I said to myself, “If that guy can do it, I’ve got to get up even earlier!”

2- Stay hungry. 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.

Don’t rest on your laurels. Too many former athletes spend their lives talking about how great they were twenty years ago. But someone like Ted Turner goes from running his father’s outdoor advertising business to founding CNN, to organizing the Goodwill Games, to raising bison and supplying bison meat, to having forty-seven honorary degrees. That’s what I call staying hungry. Bono starts as a musician, then buys others’ music, then works to combat AIDS and to create jobs. Anthony Quinn was not happy just being a movie star. He wanted to do more. He became a painter whose canvases sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Donald Trump turned his inheritance into a fortune ten times as big, then had a network TV show. Sarge traveled the world till he died, always hungry for new projects.

So many accomplished people just coast. They wish they could still be somebody and not just talk about the past. There is much more to life than being the greatest at one thing. We learn so much when we’re successful, so why not use what you’ve learned, use your connections and do more with them?

My father always told me, “Be useful. Do something.” He was right. If you have a talent or skill that makes you happy, use it to improve your neighborhood. And if you feel a desire to do more, then go all out. You’ll have plenty of time to rest when you’re in the grave. Live a risky life and a spicy life and like Eleanor Roosevelt said, every day do something that scares you.

We should all stay hungry!

3- The day has twenty-four hours. I once gave a talk in a University of California classroom, and afterward a student raised his hand and complained, “Governor, since the budget crisis hit us, my tuition has gone up twice. Now it’s too high. I need more financial aid.”

“I understand, it’s difficult,” I said. “But what do you mean, too high?”

“I mean now I have to work part-time.”

“What’s wrong with that?”

“I have to study!”

So I said, “Let’s figure this out. How many hours do you go to class?”

“I’ve got two hours one day and three hours another day.”

“And how much studying do you have to do?”

“Well, each day, three hours.”

“Okay. So far I see six hours one day and seven hours the other day, counting your commute. What do you do with the rest of the time?”

“What do you mean?”

“Well, the day is twenty-four hours. Have you ever thought about working more? Maybe even taking more classes? Rather than wasting your life away?”

The class was shocked to hear me say this. “I’m not wasting my life away!” said the student.

“Yes, you are. You’re talking about six hours a day. The day is twenty-four hours, so you have eighteen hours left. Maybe you need six hours for sleeping. So if your part-time job takes four hours, you still have time for dating and dancing and drinking and going out. Why are you complaining?”

I explained how as a student I’d trained five hours a day, gone to acting classes four hours a day, worked in construction several hours a day, and gone to college and done my homework. And I was not the only one. In my classes at Santa Monica College and at UCLA Extension there were people who were also working full-time jobs. It’s natural to hope for someone else to foot the bill. And government should be there to help if there is genuine need and provide education. But if government is not taking in enough revenue because of an economic slowdown, then everyone should chip in and sacrifice.

4- Don’t blame your parents. They’ve done their best for you, and if they’ve left you with problems, those problems are now yours to solve. Maybe your parents were too supportive and protective and now you feel needy and vulnerable in the world—don’t blame them for that. Or maybe they were too harsh.

I loved my father when I was little and wanted to be like him. I admired his uniform and his gun and the fact that he was a policeman. But then later on I hated the pressure he put on my brother and me. “You have to set an example in the village because you’re the children of the inspector,” he would say. We had to be the perfect kids, which of course we were not.

He was exacting, which was his nature. He was also brutal at times but I don’t think that was his fault. It was the war. If he had lived in a more normal way, he’d have been different.

So I’ve often wondered: What if he’d been warmer and nicer? Would I have left Austria? Probably not. And that is my great fear!

I became Arnold because of what he did to me. I recognized that I could channel my upbringing in a positive way rather than complain. I could use it to have a vision, set goals, find joy. His harshness drove me from home. It made me come to America, and work for success, and I’m happy it did. I don’t have to lick my wounds.

There’s a passage near the end of Conan the Barbarian that has always stuck with me. The lines are said not by Conan but by Thulsa Doom, the sorcerer who makes Conan as a young boy watch his father be devoured by dogs and who slaughters Conan’s mother before his eyes. As Conan is about to kill him and avenge his parents, Thulsa Doom says, “Who is your father if it is not me? Who gave you the will to live? I am the wellspring from which you flow.”

So it’s not always obvious what you should celebrate. Sometimes you have to appreciate the very people and circumstances that traumatized you. Today I hail the strictness of my father, and my whole upbringing, and the fact that I didn’t have anything that I wanted in Austria, because those were the very factors that made me hungry. Every time he hit me. Every time he said my weight training was garbage, that I should do something useful and go out and chop wood. Every time he disapproved of me or embarrassed me, it put fuel on the fire in my belly. It drove me and motivated me.


[–]yumyumgivemesome 180 points181 points  (4 children)

"Don't blame your parents." Fuck, I need this reminder. My laziness is on me and only me.

[–]saibot83 25 points26 points  (2 children)

This is one thing I really struggle with. My mom in particular has always been extremely disapproving of me every step of the way. Wanted to take up martial arts at an early age. She wouldn't let me because "it's violent". Never mind the socialization, bonding and disciplinary aspects of it. So I didn't get to. Now I'm adult and can do what I want but my knees are bad so that ship has sailed most likely. I hit a rough patch ten years ago and spiralled into a depression. They let me waste 10 years of the most crucial part of my life 24-34 being ashamed of my existence 24/7. Good parents would force me to seek help because god knows I wasn't capable to on my own. I do blame them for that. But I also know they do mean well but they're just very lame about it. They come from an age where all you had to do to get a job and a mate/buy a house was to exist more or less. It caused tremendous harm that has basically stunted me (pretty sure women sense it too because that area is hopeless and has been for the past 6 years). It's very hard to unfuck this state of mind at this age. I turn 35 this year and have only just started to not hate myself as much anymore. I'm angry, sad and frustrated every single day and probably need serious therapy.

[–]yumyumgivemesome 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Age 0-10 was the #1 absolute most crucial decade of your and every human's life. The 2nd most crucial decade is the one that starts right now.

[–]livinglikeJamesBond -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Stop blaming your parents for your sad shape, at 34 it’s 100% your fault, stop blaming “our times” for your difficulties (the world is full of opportunities), stop dreaming about seeing a therapist to complain more about your problems. Man up, start fixing things and see a personal trainer instead of the therapist. Start today and feel free to brag about your achievements here. Good luck!

[–]Bernardo-Soares94 32 points33 points  (6 children)

This is incredibly inspiring, I'm gonna buy that book

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (5 children)

You got the gist of the book, just go do stuff to move the needle in your own life.

[–]Bernardo-Soares94 9 points10 points  (3 children)

As said in the post, the day has 24 hours, I can read books AND do lots of other stuff. I think most guys on this sub agree that reading is essential.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

It can also be a form of masturbation

[–]Bernardo-Soares94 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Of course, I agree on that. Some people get in a paralysis by analysis sort of state.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You seem reasonable, which is rare on the internet. I think I was probably talking to myself in my original post.

[–]DrakeLGND 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Who are the soft betas downvoting this comment? TRP is about working to improve yourself, not more armchair Quarterbacking. Man up and do the things you have been avoiding!

[–]Astonford 135 points136 points  (15 children)

-Came from a family so poor they considered buying a refrigerator a highlight

-lifted weights and won the best fitness competition repeatedly in rows.

  • Learns the language and comes to America and makes some small-time smart investments. He becomes a millionaire by the time he goes into film acting.

-No film studio takes him because he has a weird accent. Decide to use that instead to become a robot character. Starts starring in other non "robot" movies.

-Marries a kennedy, America's version of royalty.

-To top it all off, decides to become the governor of his own state and wins the election.

[–]_flashpoint 51 points52 points  (1 child)

To quote Bill Burr, the man has been in the zone for FOUR DECADES

[–]Gervant_of_Lyria 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Four decades, NOTHING BUT NET!

[–]Armydude19 57 points58 points  (9 children)

-Cucks a Kennedy with a 3/10 Guatemalan housekeeper. Can't forget that.

[–]Gervant_of_Lyria 37 points38 points  (4 children)

He needed to combine his alpha genes with latino genetics so he could have the son he always wanted, not polluted by those beta Kennedy genes.

https://i.imgur.com/kDprjme.jpg

[–]Armydude19 22 points23 points  (0 children)

He does seem happier with his bastard than any of his kids. Id be ashamed to have such awesome bodybuilding genetics and be a fat pos.

[–]imbeciI 17 points18 points  (0 children)

If I was the boy on the left I'll be extremely embarrased of myself. He has half the genes of a bodybuilder ffs

[–]elcroquis22 1 point2 points  (0 children)

😲. Fuck. Cannot believe both those boys came from the same dad, and yeah, the bastard kid is the fucking Chad.

[–]Ardgarius 0 points1 point  (0 children)

mirin the kid on the rights arms

good to see arnie is taking an active role in the kids life too

[–]1AlfredKinsey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is there a lesson about masculinity here?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Luck and hard work can get you far.

[–]ZiraVer 62 points63 points  (3 children)

Good old Arnie. If you lack a real masculine role model in your life, you can always look into Arnold's life, and get inspired/motivated to strive on.

I am at the crossroad in my life and reading about such individuals makes all the difference. Thank you for your time and this post, fellow red man.

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    [–]CodWhisperer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Same crossroad for me! Love posts like these, quite motivating. Gonna buy the book today.

    [–]Afrofreak1 80 points81 points  (2 children)

    I can't not read this in an Arnold voice.

    [–]MrInternetDetective 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    So true. Him and Donald have complete internal voices in my head when I read their writings.

    [–]cosmicknight 40 points41 points  (0 children)

    I love Arnold. I hope his heart doesn't give out on him. May his real son become the new Terminator.

    [–]Proto_Sigma 58 points59 points  (3 children)

    Donald Trump turned his inheritance into a fortune ten times as big, then had a network TV show.

    And then he single handedly overthrew the entire political establishment of the United States, captured a political party for his agenda and introduced sweeping reforms, while bathing in a pool of progressive tears. In between banging supermodels. Talk about role models.

    [–]kurdishpower01 29 points30 points  (0 children)

    He believed his own hype so much that he became the hype. Trump has the best frame control i've ever seen

    [–]SheenCharlie 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    Was thinking the same exact thing when I read that part lol.

    [–][deleted] -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

    Trump is the fucking man. End of story. Arnold is a huge virtue-signaling leftist pussy. Everyone in this thread needs to get off his dick asap. I'm getting nauseous.

    [–]livefast06 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    This. We all have that single traumatic (or multiple traumatic) experiences from growing up that remain deeply embedded within our mind. That emotion that is tied to those experiences are deep-rooted and woven into the fabric of our sub-conscious; which is exactly why many of these traumatic experiences can come out during dreams. Carl Jung specialized in the studying of dreams and what they mean, and believed that our dreams are a direct reflection and expression of our subconscious mind. The truth is, that these experiences are so powerful that they can be used for either good or bad. But you must ultimately be the one who decides.

    If you are naturally a very aware person, in terms of your own psyche (highly aware of your own ego, sub-conscious, and shadow), you will be much "quicker to the draw" when it comes to assessing your own battles, learning to accept they happened, learn valuable lessons from them, and then push forth to become a stronger version of yourself. This is good, and in Arnie's case he used his anger and frustrations towards his father, and channeled that energy in to creating a reality for himself that was more conducive to his ideal life. That's because the emotion that is tied to those traumatic events, provided just that: energy for production. However, these traumatic events can also reek HAVOC on people's psyche; who haven't yet become aware of how these events are affecting them. Many people go through this life holding on to traumatic events from their past, and the fear and insecurity associated with the memories of them, and never realize the power of these emotions can inspire the greatest of action towards goals - once thought to be unattainable/imaginable.

    In the end, every thing you want is on the other side of not only hard-work, but also found during the pursuit of "slaying your own dragons" (as JP would say). Don't ignore avoid walking through the flames, because that is the only way to get what you want. That goes for business, relationships, career aspirations, hobbies, and personal development (physical and psychological dominance). Decide wisely and move forward.

    [–]ubkingj 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    "...What if he had been warmer and nicer..."? Same experience I had with my overly dominant father. I wonder if I would have made it if he'd been just a bit nicer.

    [–]iknowthewhey 8 points9 points  (7 children)

    Yes, you are. You’re talking about six hours a day. The day is twenty-four hours, so you have eighteen hours left. Maybe you need six hours for sleeping. So if your part-time job takes four hours, you still have time for dating and dancing and drinking and going out. Why are you complaining

    Great quote. If you don't plan out your days and use your time efficiently then you are just wasting your life away. I get up early and schedule my day the night before and my life has improved so much.

    [–]BeATrumpet 3 points4 points  (3 children)

    What if I want to party late and date bitches? I love EDM music way too much.

    [–]moltenw 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    Would like to know what to do in this scenario as well, because if I wake up at 5 am, there's no real night life I can realistically partake in and sustain.

    [–]iknowthewhey 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    I used to stay up til 3-4 in college partying almost every night of the week. I now get up 2 hours before my day starts and go to the gym and get other shit done. However, I still party on the weekends in one of the biggest cities in America. Not every weekend but sometimes I just get up a little later on Friday and Saturday and take a nap during the day. If you consistently follow a routine, exceptions on the weekends and for going out won't mess with your schedule. I think the key is moderating alcohol intake during late nights out. I drink enough to have fun but don't pound shots all night except for the rare occasion. I also avoid alcohol during the week and keep it for the weekends.

    [–]BeATrumpet 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Good idea. Work hard during week, party harder on weekends

    [–]starbirth -1 points0 points  (2 children)

    What about us non-morning people? :D

    [–]binrobinro 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    You're wasting your life away.

    [–]iknowthewhey 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    All depends on how you manage your time. If you get up at 10 everyday and are highly efficient with your time than thats fine. I prefer to get up early and attack the day but some people operate differently. If you look at the habits of successful people, I think you will notice that many prefer to get up early and get shit done in the early hours of the morning.

    [–]thisisnotme__-- 14 points15 points  (8 children)

    This'll likely get downvoted but maybe somebody will read it and learn something.

    You can't short-change your sleep. The amount of sleep you need is entirely genetically determined. If you cut your sleep short, you build up what is called sleep debt, which inevitably must be repaid.

    If you need eight or nine or even ten hours per night of sleep, you will get it, whether now or later. Don't fuck yourself over.

    Edit: read this book: The Promise of Sleep. Some of the details are outdated, but the basic info still holds and it's very accessible.

    [–]Torabor64 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    This, I would expect arnold to know how important sleep is, in particular for bodybuilding.

    It's just stupid to sleep 2 hours less if that means that you need to invest more time into everything the whole day because your mind isn't on point.

    I guess some people focus on working as hard as possible while others focus on achieving as much as possible, which isn't the same thing.

    [–]ArthurSamuel 1 point2 points  (6 children)

    8 ok but 10 dude? Unless you are a teenager that's way too much.

    [–]JamesP2018 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Depends on athletic training intensity as well.

    [–]thisisnotme__-- 2 points3 points  (3 children)

    Ten is within the normal range, though the average is eight. There's a condition called idiopathic hypersomnia, which causes people to, sometimes, sleep more hours per day than they're awake.

    Some people naturally need only six hours per day. They're relatively rare, but they exist. I wouldn't be surprised if Schwarzenegger is one of these people. Some people require as much as ten, even after adolescence.

    For context, I'm a sleep tech.

    [–]ArthurSamuel 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    So 6 is rare 8 is average and 10 within normal range? That doesn't make sense.

    [–]thisisnotme__-- 6 points7 points  (1 child)

    You're right. That doesn't make sense as written. What I should have wrote is that six hours is rare—just as rare as ten—but not unheard of. Normal range is actually seven to nine hours per night.

    In school, we spend so much time talking about abnormalities that perspective gets a little skewed.

    [–]Older_Miggy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Ulysses S Grant once said something like "I cannot accomplish anything without 9 hours sleep." Us older folks need plenty sleep too depending on what we're doing.

    [–]nastyamerican 15 points16 points  (0 children)

    Yup Arnold’s story is awesome.

    I also love what he didn’t do. He’s didn’t bitch about about feminism, Jews, immigrants, and black people.

    He handled his own shit without playing the victim. He was focused. He learned shit for its own sake, not to chase a piece of paper. And he never asked anyone permission for anything.

    Class act.

    [–]maimedwalker 18 points19 points  (1 child)

    arnold was the first man to take down a predator. the predator is way taller then man, probably about 4x stronger, can survive radiation and gunshots. literally these things are fucking indestructible and first marine to ever kill one.

    of course this guy is to be admired.

    [–]Jeffk01 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    You are one ugly mother fucker ...

    [–]Fedor_Gavnyukov 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    that book changed my life when i read it right after it came out

    [–]Librehombre 6 points7 points  (4 children)

    Love Arnold and what real man doesnt wanna fuck the maid?

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      [–]Librehombre 3 points4 points  (1 child)

      Morning Wood, his eyes werent open yet.

      I blame the wife, if she wasnt such a spoiled rich girl Arnold would never have had Morning Wood, she would have consumed all the wood.

      [–]Jeffk01 7 points8 points  (0 children)

      Maria is beautiful but was always skeletor skinny. No bueno

      [–]Older_Miggy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      She was better back then, plus huge tits. Like, impossible to ignore.

      [–]HankDeTankJa 4 points5 points  (1 child)

      Don’t blame your parents.

      I disagree, my parents never loved me and were absolutely awfull. Useless. They ARE to blame and at fault for my current struggles in life and my failure to succeed and enjoy life. That however doesn't mean that I am not responsible for fixing my life now since they, nor anyone else, ever will.

      Blaming someone is not the same as not taking responsibility for someone else's failure. It's nice that you had decent parents, but not everyone does. Ain't gonna appreciate having had a depressed loser dad and a narcisistic psycho mom.

      [–]SuperSchweinchen 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      I'm guessing a big part of it is "there's no point" in blaming your parents. If they're toxic deadbeats - definetly cut them out of your life but don't get caught up in blame and self pity; It changes neither what has happened nor what will happen.

      Yeah, I know that's hard and I am definetly guilty as fuck of it myself...

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      [–]squidracer 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      I read the book myself yesterday ago and found it very interesting.

      The third point you made probably makes me the angriest with current students. I worked 35 hours a week to help put myself through school and still graduated and got a good job. It's no big deal.

      Fun fact for you young -ins.- i dated an hr director for awhile. She hired people who worked a job during college over people with a degree and no work experience!

      [–]Gozsayin1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      You can't go wrong with good reading. Back in highschool I was I would love reading about great people and all the teachers were impressed since most people didn't even read the summer reading. Take Tsk it's just to much knowledge stored in books to ingore them.

      [–]redbloodywedding 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      I'm reading Total Recall his biography and it's true he's a fucking true inspiration.

      [–]SocialCupcake 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      He's my favorite to impersonate. Had a whole deployment with him as the role model for toughness and putting up with physical pain.

      If you're reading this Howser, just know we need more of you!

      [–]SoaringRocket 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Brilliant. Thank you for posting.

      [–]raggot_the_legendary 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      "The class was shocked to hear me say this." I see you are Austrian. Americans are culturally less used to direct negative feedback. If you candified the message they wouldn't have been shocked.

      [–]JensenMse 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      A lot of these role models tend to be from outside America...as if the foreigners have something that we don't. For me, I tend to look upto Arnold, Bruce Lee, and Connor McGregor. These three men inspire me to reach greater heights with the time I have each day.

      [–]reluctantly_red 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      In my classes at Santa Monica College and at UCLA Extension there were people who were also working full-time jobs. It’s natural to hope for someone else to foot the bill.

      Got to call him on this. When Arnold was going to college in California tuition was negligible (community colleges like Santa Monica were basically free). Other people (the California taxpayers) did indeed foot the bill. Arnold (and pretty much every other boomer) benefited greatly and need to acknowledge this -- and also play it forward (I'm not holding my breath).

      [–]abudun79 2 points3 points  (5 children)

      '5. When people tell you there are no shortcuts, take steroids and get ahead of everyone.

      [–]ArthurSamuel 0 points1 point  (4 children)

      tbf those boys were all taking steroids so it was a level playing field.

      [–]abudun79 2 points3 points  (3 children)

      Yes, they were and they are all taking the shortcut. But it is not the quality of a rolemodel, when everyone around you cheats and you decide to cheat as well.

      [–]ArthurSamuel 1 point2 points  (2 children)

      Fair point man. But if you are an ultra-competitive person and you know everyone is using and it would not be possible to win without then it doesn't leave you much choice. I'm in no way advocating steroid use though. I think it sucks.

      [–]abudun79 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      You're right. In that way it makes sense. He did what he had to do to reach the top. This is where everyone has to find his own limits of the accaptable. Or set better goals :-)

      [–]ArthurSamuel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Totally agree on both counts, dude.

      [–]EscortSportage 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      I grabbed this book when I was in Bahrain, I havnt read it yet, thanks for the reminder.

      [–]unplug9000 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      A friend bought me his book as a gift. I found it quite inspiring, although some parts could be a bit more concise. Basically the added value of the book for me was to better understand the underlying circumstances of Arnold's attitude and outlook when it comes to fitness and life. I've always liked his fanatic zeal when he talks about focusing on each moment of lifting. It's something I've used forever to motivate myself when I'm lifting. If I feel like I'm not dedicated enough I just imagine him asking me if that's all I got and if I'm a pussy :D

      [–]silversum1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Watched pumping iron, you have to admit he was impressive.

      [–]Lazerbagels 0 points1 point  (1 child)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DklAU4GNpxA

      If we aren't all like this. We have failed.

      [–]RedPilledGodEmperor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      "I don't have to find a hideout place" - a.k.a Man Cave.

      So true. What a boss.

      [–]Endorsed ContributorMentORPHEUS 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Californian checking in. Please don't use his tenure as Governor here as any kind of role model. The unfolding Enron scandal impacted our state budget, which was exploited for a populist recall campaign to replace a decent Governor with a movie actor. Arnold's accent is perfect for movie characters he played, but it was painful whenever he spoke for State business. He was not a great Governor.

      [–]Lambdal7 0 points1 point  (1 child)

      The 24h point.

      This doesn't work for studying. Listening 3h to a complicated and sometimes boring lecture and then doing another 3 hours of highly complex studying including 2h lunch and other breaks completely drains you for the day, especially in Stem, law or medicine studies.

      For the rest of the day, the only thing left you can do is working out or recovering.

      If you have to work instead, your grades will suffer, you'll fail classes, or drop out or get a mental illness.

      [–]Yourgonnagofarkid 0 points1 point  (2 children)

      what other books do you recommend that are similar to this?

      [–]GustavoMMarques[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

      The only other book i can think of is the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.

      [–]the_real_lunch_box 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      “Who is your father if it is not me? Who gave you the will to live? I am the wellspring from which you flow.”

      this man it hit really hard

      [–]PeterPansSyndrome 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      That 24 hours segment is a kick in the ass I definitely need more often than not.

      [–]1Entropy-7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Make the most of it:

      He is not famous just for his big muscles; he is famous because he sought out and took every opportunity available. He did this in buidling his own supplements and workout franchice but more in his movie career.

      [–]DreamBoatGuy25 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      It's always been ironic to me that Arnold's life is the literal version of the American Dream yet he can't be president and the guy we actually elected to be President is the literal exact opposite in almost every way.

      [–]Snarky_Mark_jr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      That's nice and all, but you do realize he's sucked A LOT of dick(and I mean it literally) to win his mr olympias and get into the show business?

      [–]Jyontaitaa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      I can’t see a dead bedroom guy that had to fuck the maid as role model

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        [–]fenrir29 -3 points-2 points  (3 children)

        Hey, never said his story isn't inspiring, i just think that role model are words too strong in this case.

        Kevin Spacey was one of the greatest actors of our time, but i wouldn't let him babysit my kids, would you?

        Just change the title to "The inspiring life of Arnold..." and i would thumbs up.

        [–]ArthurSamuel 1 point2 points  (2 children)

        That's a bs comparison. Hey, if you don't like him as a role model that's fine but plenty of us are happy with the title just as it is.

        [–]fenrir29 0 points1 point  (1 child)

        Guess you missed the point of what a message board is. Not everyone will agree with you.

        [–]ArthurSamuel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Eh? I'm just not agreeing with you bro. It's shitty that he cheated on his wife but that doesn't suddenly take all of his prior accomplishments away. Feel free to continue with your opinion idgaf, I'm good with mine.

        [–]Do not send modmail to my personal inboxCrazyHorseInvincible[M] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

        No moralizing.

        [–]Larkone -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

        His response on the tuition question is embarrassing.

        [–][deleted] -2 points-1 points  (4 children)

        Also, father children with the maid, in your wife’s bed. A man who we should all model our lives after.

        [–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (3 children)

        Ah, pick the one negative in an ocean of a thousands positives.

        [–]Gervant_of_Lyria 2 points3 points  (1 child)

        Negative? By doing this he gave us Arnoldo, the true heir to the throne!

        [–]SuperSchweinchen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        https://youtu.be/ldIwEG9xQ-M

        That whole sketch should be added to the sidebar tbh

        [–]Downtheshafts -1 points0 points  (0 children)

        Sexually assault a woman and fuck your maid. Can't forget that. Ooh and also do lots of steroids. In the documentary "bigger, stronger, faster" one person interviewed said "you don't get that successful without stepping on some heads". That shit is so true.

        [–]Metallurg2 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

        All that alpha glory and in the end be banged an awfully ugly maid and became an obidient tool for the left

        [–]amedeo_modigliani -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

        1. Take roids. They'll make everything easier.