You know Arnold Schwarzenegger, he is a bodybuilding champion, he starred in the movie Terminator where he played a robot that goes back in time to save the future, –actually, that was Terminator 2, in Terminator 1 he was the villain- international movie star, Governor of California, he would be President if we didn’t block him by making illegal in the US for immigrants from being the President.
He’s a total badass and he wrote this book called ‘Total Recall’, which I’ve read twice now in the last couple of months and he set himself for success brilliantly. In this blog post I want to talk about the Four Careers of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the four things he did in his life to set himself up.
He followed this amazing life outlook, which is you don’t have to be stuck in one box, you can do a million things and Arnold is proof of that.
Career #1: Bodybuilding
He started out in Austria with no money and no connections and he just dreamed of moving to America his entire life. He knew the only way to do that was through bodybuilding because the big bodybuilding competitions were in the United States.
He trained super hard and he went on to win more awards as bodybuilder like Mr. Olympia than any other person before him. He became the best bodybuilder in the world, moved to Venice, California because somebody in America sponsored him to do bodybuilding full-time.
He made that first dream come true when he was still under 30 years old.
He tells that he was working out in Venice and saw a lot of properties around because he was making a little bit of money as a bodybuilding champion, so this is when he started his second career.
Career #2: Real Estate
Arnold owns property all over L.A and probably all over the country but in the book he talks mostly about L.A.
He went out and bought cheap property and made a lot of money with that. He made so much money with real estate that by the time he went into his third career, he was already a millionaire.
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He made millions from real estate, most people don’t know that and he actually goes into it in great detail on this book which is one of the main reasons I recommend checking it out. The real estate thing was the biggest surprise for me.
Career #3: Movie Star
He’s sitting there as a bodybuilding champion, he realizes he can’t be a bodybuilder forever, he sets himself into real estate mogul, he’s got all this buildings and he doesn’t want it to end.
He goes out and starts trying to get booked into films because he had such a good base income –this is the coolest part- that all he applied for was leading man and speaking parts roles.
He didn’t even have to worry about being an extra, he didn’t really worried about a bad role. He started out as ‘Hercules in New York’ –that was his first movie he starred in- and then he jumped into other ones.
His big hit was ‘Conan The Barbarian’ and then Terminator, he’s been crushing it with these films ever since. Mostly, because he didn’t have to care about money because of his past two careers.
When he was already established as a movie star, he went out for his fourth career.
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Career #4: Governor Of California
He realized that he doesn’t have to worry about money from his other careers, so he went into a more fulfilling career as the Governor of California.
There was a recall election where the former Governor of California was pulled down, the people hated him so they wanted to take him out of the office. There was a big election where 7 or 8 hundreds of people were running for Governor at the same time.
He won, over dozens and dozens of people that were also running. His first term was apparently very good, –I’m going to get too into California’s politics, because I’m not in California- his second term wasn’t very good but he still was Governor and if he had been an American citizen I’ve could’ve seen him in a very similar path to Reagan and probably would’ve end up being the President of the United States.
Those are his four careers and now he’s coming back to being a movie star. He might do something completely different next, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a perfect example of not boxing yourself in, using one success to set yourself up for further success.
Using one start-up or one company to set yourself up for other companies. What are you waiting for?
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