If you’re lacking motivation, Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most inspirational and driven men walking God’s green earth.
He is the epitome of an alpha male, everything he touches is successful, and he continues to be one of the hardest-working men in all of Hollywood.
If it is the motivation that you seek, Arnold is, without a doubt, one of the best people to draw inspiration from. He is driven, hard-working, motivated, and dedicated, which is why he is one of the most successful men to ever walk the planet.
Here’s a look at Arnie’s early life, his illustrious career, and of course, plenty of motivational Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes and his top bodybuilding quotes.
Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was born on July 30th, 1947, in Austria.
His father was a local police chief and was very strict.
As a result, Arnold had a tough upbringing.
His father was hard on Arnold and was not very supportive.
Despite his tough upbringing, Arnold showed a keen interest in sports and was an athletically gifted child.
Arnold started to lift weights as a teen and showed a keen interest in bodybuilding.
He was forced to join the army once he reached adulthood, where he became a tank driver.
Arnold still trained as a bodybuilder and even went AWOL so that he could compete in a local bodybuilding contest, which he won.
This earnt him time behind bars when he returned to camp.
Arnold had now tasted success, and he wanted more.
As a result, after leaving the army, he pursued a career in bodybuilding.
Arnold moved to America in the 1960s in a bod to improve his bodybuilding career.
He won multiple contests all over Europe, and the world, before turning pro.
He competed during the Golden Era of bodybuilding, along with legends such as Lou Ferrigno, best friend Franco Columbo, Ken Waller, Mike Katz, Ed Corney, and many more.
Arnold, at 6ft 2 and 240 – 245-pounds, was a physical specimen to behold.
He won the Mr. Universe title before winning the Mr. Olympia title 6 times, one of which was after a 5-year hiatus in Hollywood.
After becoming who many believe to be the best bodybuilder of all time, Arnie set his sights on Hollywood.
Because of his size, he was often cast in action roles.
His first big break came when he was cast as the Terminator, in Jim Cameron’s 1984 Sci-Fi epic.
He went on to appear in classics such as Predator, Commando, Red Heat, Conan The Barbarian, Conan The Destroyer, True Lies, Terminator 2, and many more.
But wait, there’s more.
Arnold’s wife was a member of the Kennedy family, and Arnie took an interest in politics.
Having been a US citizen for decades, he ran for the Governor of California and served for two terms.
He literally dominated the world of bodybuilding, Hollywood, and politics.
Afterward, he returned to acting, and although he isn’t quite the star he once was, he is still one of the most marketable names in all of Hollywood.
Check out these awesome motivational Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes.
"Bodybuilding is much like other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"I can promise you that when I go to Sacramento, I will pump up Sacramento." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"I have a love interest in every one of my films: a Gun." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Money doesn't make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48million." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"The Resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"You can scream at me, call me for a shoot at midnight, keep me waiting for hours - as long as what ends up on the screen is perfect." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"My own dreams, fortunately, came true in this great state. I became Mr. Universe; I became a successful businessman. And even though some people say I still speak with a slight accent, I have reached the top of the acting profession." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"I know a lot of athletes and models are written off as just bodies. I never felt used for my body." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"There is no place, no country, more compassionate more generous more accepting and more welcoming than the United States of America." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"I just use my muscles as a conversation piece, like someone walking a cheetah down 42nd street." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"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." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"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." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"I welcome and seek your ideas, but do not bring me small ideas; bring me big ideas to match our future." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"To restore the trust of the people, we must reform the way the government operates." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"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 is learned is that we are always stronger than we know." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"You know nothing is more important than education, because nowhere are our stakes higher; our future depends on the quality of education of our children today." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"If it bleeds, we can kill it." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"The writing is important, but the way you say the line and the pause you give it, the facial expression - all of that is very important." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"I was striving to be the most muscular man, and it got me into the movies. It got me everything that I have." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"I'm addicted to exercising and I have to do something every day." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Well, I think that California has had a history of always spending more money than it takes in." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. when you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Just remember you can't climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"I came to Hollywood and within a decade I was one of the biggest action stars of all time." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"I made my fair share of mistakes." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"I'm not looking for sympathy at all." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Well, you know, I'm the forever optimist." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"When your campaign and have to participate in so many debates just to win the nomination of your party, you've had a lot of practice. You get to figure out as you go from one debate to another where you made your mistakes. By the time you get to the big debate, you're pretty polished." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"I would never exchange my life with anybody else's." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Women are the engine driving the growth in California's economy. Women make California's economy unique." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Reda is an ACE Certified Nutritionist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt and bodybuilder with 11 years of experience. He's been published on many influential websites such as lifehack.org, Wealthy Gorilla, Good Men Project and more.