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Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger

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Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian American actor, politician, businessman, investor, and former professional bodybuilder. Schwarzenegger served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 until 2011.

He began weight training at the age of 15, winning the Mr. Universe title by the age of 20, and later the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Schwarzenegger has remained a prominent presence in bodybuilding and has written many books and articles on the sport. Schwarzenegger gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film icon, best known for his role in "Terminator" etc.

Companies and Investments

Oak Productions, Inc., Dimensional Fund Advisors, Fitness Publications, Planet Hollywood

Lessons Learned

Arnold got into body building when it was still a relatively obscure sport. Hence, when he won championships successively and later started promoting bodybuilding as a sport, he was able to become the face of bodybuilding. As bodybuilding grew in popularity, Arnold's image and personal brand grew with it.

Unlike many celebrities who ran into financial difficulties, Arnold has always done very well financially. A close look at his career shows this is not due to one or two lucky deals, but is due to a sense and eagerness to do business. When he was working out at Gold's Gym, he sought opportunities to work for and learn how to do business under Joe Weider. As his fame grew through successive bodybuilding contest championships, Arnold wrote a popular series of books on bodybuilding and ran a mail order business selling instructional tapes and equipment. He even started a bricklaying business and later invested in real estate (which performed quite well in inflationary 1970s). A sharp nose for finding business opportunities in all corners is an important factor in Arnold's persistent business success.

Inspiring Quotes

Those who are humble and ambitious are destined for success.

Joe Weider

Always be useful.

Gustav Schwarzenegger

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger's Quotes

In sports, you learn competition means go after it, win it. And not to let anything else interfere. I consider myself an expert in looking into a particular idea or goal and then going after it without anything else in mind... It is always the same kind of thing. You pick a goal, and then you just go after it, accomplish it, and get satisfaction out of that.

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger

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.

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger

No matter what you do in life, selling is part of it.

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger

Influential Books

Arnold Schwarzenegger - Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story


Reg Park, Joe Weider