I think that many people under estimate Arnie. I know I sure did. This book provides real insight into Arnie as a person and as an especially driven individual. There is a lesson in how he focuses on hos goals and goes about achieving them.
I really enjoyed his body building and movie career but found a lot of the political story and bit dreary I will admit. Still impressive in what he has been able to achieve but not really an area I care much about I will admit.
Importantly, I feel the book brings out the reality of being Arnold and I applaud his willingness to be open about his many mistakes and failures. The impressive part again is how he not only owns up to these but sets out to use them as ways to improve. He never sees them as learning experiences, which I feel many could themselves learn from.
Overall, I found the book very enjoyable and easy to read. I learnt much about the true Arnold from the story and gained better insight on how he has achieved his successes through hard work or constant 'reps' as he says. Arnold doesn't shy away from investing the work to achieve his goal and likewise he owns his mistakes, both of which is very improvisational and surprisingly down to earth.
If you are fan and looking to understand more about the true man behind the image then this is a recommended read. If you are looking to be inspired about focusing on goals, achieving by learning and a willingness to overcome, then you'll also enjoy this book.
I like Arnold as an actor; escapist films with a solid, identifiable hero. Having now read his fine autobiography I have even more respect for him as a person and a leader. Very much a fellow I'd enjoy chatting to over a beer, I think (or Scotch, if Arnie is buying).
I've always thought Schwarzenegger was a bit of a meat head: all muscles, no brain. I couldn't have been more wrong.
Schwarzenegger grew up in a poor family, in a small country village in postwar Austria. As a young teenager, he decided that he wanted to be the greatest bodybuilder in the world and a hollywood actor. He worked hard - very hard - and he worked smart. Still in his teens, he ran a successful Austrian bodybuilding Gym and worked out how to mold his body into one of the best in the world. He went on to dominate the world bodybuilding scene, moving to the US in the process.
Schwarzenegger was not like most bodybuilders, who he calls lazy bastards. Far from being selfish, he went all out to help the people who had given him opportunities. He became a driving force in promoting bodybuilding, turning it into a subculture within a subculture into a mainstream sport. He went to college to improve his English, and to learn how to do business. He started a mail order business and made millions in real estate. When he finally realised his dream of acting in movies, he worked hard to mold himself into an actor, refining his body, acting skills and accent.
Sure he is self confident and arrogant, but there is an incredible depth to his character. What really impressed me is how he got so far not by taking, but making sure he was always giving his best for others. Even if like me, you aren't a fan of bodybuilding, or the terminator, there's a lot to get out of this book.