Your 20s are the shaping decade of your life. Right from the habits you develop, connections you make, actions you take and everything else you do in this decade will have a major impact on the rest of your life. Most of us know Arnold Schwarzenegger as the god of bodybuilding. But after reading his biography “Total Recall”, I realized he is more than just a bodybuilder. Here are top 3 things to be learned from the Austrian Oak.
1) Your Definition Of Life Should Satisfy No One But You!
From a family that was living hand to mouth, it would make sense for Arnold to become a police or army officer and live a stable life. But Arnold had other plans as he wanted to become the world’s best bodybuilder and move to the U.S. After conquering the American dream and becoming a pioneer in bodybuilding, any sane person would stick to bodybuilding and continue the legacy. But this didn’t make sense to Arnold. Instead, he did what he always dreamt of- he started his acting career. He was a total outsider and began from ground zero. Screw those who say “because you got a degree in this particular subject, you should stick to this field.” You have one life, set its definition and live accordingly.
2) Marks Don’t Matter As Much As The Hands You Shake!
Arnold had connections with gym owners, bodybuilding contest promoters & judges, ballet dancers, actors, directors, Olympic weightlifters, footballers, photographers, politicians, and a host of other people from very different backgrounds. He wouldn’t just spend leisure time with them but carefully observe what makes them the best in their field. For example, he learned ‘how to sell just anything’ from Joe Weider and many skills from different people. A bodybuilding judge he once met after a show became his future partner for organizing Mr. Universe, one of the most well-organized and fan supported contest of that time. Two photographers, George and Charles, that he met on a flight helped in breaking people into Hollywood and cast him in their documentary ‘Pumping Iron’. A large chunk of time in your 20s should be spent interacting and developing connections with new people. You never know who can change your life.
3) Focus on building multiple sources of income
Life will give you 9999 problems to face and a lack of money shouldn’t be one of them. When Arnold began his acting career, he was nothing more than a struggling actor who’d only get supporting roles. Had it been anyone else, they’d accept the offer for the sake of money but Arnold had the liberty to say ‘no’ because money wasn’t a problem for him, he had a supplement business, investments in real estate, a construction business and modeling work for fitness magazines. If you embark on the journey of following your passion, initially you might earn nothing from it. But we all need money to survive. Therefore, focus on building multiple sources of income. In today’s digital world, it is easier than ever. Even if you have a 9-5 job, you can spend some time freelancing on the weekends. Of course, it will demand some sacrifice but nothing comes without it.
Arnold Schwarzenegger truly gave back the world more than what he got from it. He created the blueprint to take the fitness industry global and showed the world you can indeed achieve anything if you have the audacity to dream.
Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
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Source of news : Mensxp