Arnold Schwarzenegger. I literally feel like this man needs zero introduction. I just finished reading his book Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story (find it on Amazon here).

I HAD to share with ya’ll some quotes that were striking about this poor Austrian who became Mr. Universe, who became a movie icon, who became the freakin’ governor of California. And he was certainly not infallible — he blundered interviews with potential bosses (eg: “Why does a little guy like you need such a big desk?”) or when he lied for years about having a kid with the maid. Or when the financial crisis forced his hand to backtrack on promises he made during his campaigning.  So here are five excerpts from the book to fire up your Monday. <3

1) “I never went to a competition to compete. I went to win. Even though I didn’t win every time, that was my mind-set. I became a total animal. If you tuned into my thoughts before a competition, you would hear something like: “I deserve that pedestal, I own it, and the sea ought to part for me. Just get out of the fucking way, I’m on a mission. So just step aside and gimme the trophy.” I pictured myself high up on the pedestal, trophy in hand. Everyone else would be standing below. And I would look down.”

2) “From the bodybuilding days on, I learned that everything is reps and mileage. The more miles you ski, the better a skier you become; the more reps you do, the better your body.”

 

3) Often it’s easier to make a decision when you don’t know as much, because then you can’t overthink. If you know too much, it can freeze you. The whole deal looks like a minefield.”

4) “In our society that is so self-absorbed, begin to look less at yourself and more at each other. you’ll get more satisfaction from having improved your neighborhood, your town, your state, your country, and your fellow human beings than you’ll ever get from your muscles, your figure, your automobile, your house, or your credit rating”

 

And my personal favorite:

5) “There are no shortcuts – everything is reps, reps, reps.

Thoughts?

I’m particularly interested in your reaction to this one: “Often it’s easier to make a decision when you don’t know as much, because then you can’t overthink. If you know too much, it can freeze you. The whole deal looks like a minefield.” Agree, disagree? As a chronic overthinker, this really appealed to me.

Have any other super inspiring books to check out? Favorite quote (from above or elsewhere) from the Governator?

Last note…

Peep the picture above. See the little stickers? Yeah, Interlibrary Loan, baby — FREE! You don’t need to drop twenty bucks to get inspired. Ask about the program in your library!

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