How To Think (And Act) Like 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.”


For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger…

I can’t remember why or what started my fascination with the big man, but it’s always been there.

And when I say a fan, I really do mean it.

Once, when visiting San Francisco, my family played a joke on me by pretending they’d seen him… I was properly upset I’d missed out on meeting my hero. Until they revealed the truth…

I’ve read all his books (including the ones about him that weren’t so flattering).

I even used to buy Muscle & Fitness magazine so I could read his column in there…

I’ve seen all his movies…about a MILLION times (except Junior).

I’ve read just about every newspaper and online article I could about his political career BEFORE and AFTER.

And I can (poorly) execute the obligatory repertoire of his most memorable lines.

It’s surprising, really, as I can’t think of a single way in which I would have something in common with the Austrian Oak.

If I was the sort of gym rat you nowadays see saturating Instagram with their abs selfies, then perhaps my fanship of Arnie would make more sense… but I’m clearly not.

I shouldn’t be able to identify with his story… yet his life and what he’s achieved has been remarkable. The American Dream.

(In fact, if it wasn’t for that pesky little line in the US Constitution forbidding anyone who isn’t a natural born American from being able to run for the position as head of state, I’m absolutely sure we’d have seen a President Schwarzenegger.)

The thing is, the more I read about Arnie the more I admire what he’s achieved in his life. He has a philosophy of winning. A philosophy to follow.

He came from nothing and through sheer will and enthusiasm, he single-handedly popularised an entire sport, he owned the action hero genre and he made the transition from acting to politics, successfully (despite what his opponents would say).

And so I began to think. Whatever he’s achieved, he’s done it through sheer will. I’d like to develop some of that, too.

Therefore, for the next 30 days, I’m going to be following the Schwarzenegger philosophy.

I’ll be feeding myself a diet of Arnie books – including his recent biographies and early bodybuilding books – as well as gaining inspiration from his movies, including the one that started them all, Pumping Iron. 

Throughout the next 30 days, I’m going to be leaning on Arnie for inspiration and guidance in not only my work life but also in other areas of my life, too.

I’ll be doing a ‘360’ and focusing on mind, body, spirit (no, not spirits), impact and whatever the other things you’re supposed to do on a daily and weekly basis to ensure you live a balanced life.

(At this stage, I have no real idea what that means, but I’m sure it’ll come to me).

Most of all I’ll be working to the principle that whenever I find myself facing a challenge, I’ll ask myself:


In other words…

What Would Arnold Do?

For the next month, that’s going to be my mantra.

See, I’ve even created a hashtag:


I’ll be sharing some Arnold inspired tips and advice on the way.

Let’s see where it gets me.


Also a fan? Let me know what you most love about Arnie in the comments below.

Want to join in? Share your progress with me on Facebook and twitter and use the #30DaysOfArnold hashtag so we can track what you’re up to. Oh, and don’t forget to let me know below… 

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