His early memories are told first; Austria, the Cold War and his time in Germany. As a youth, Arnold became fascinated with America through bodybuilding and fitness magazines. He immigrated to the United State and became a competitive sports figure, movie actor, politician and activist.
The lessons from the book, which the author attempts to impart, are a plan, hard work, commitment and not letting your mistakes define you. It's very possible for anybody to succeed in America. That's especially true for someone who's first and primary language isn't English. However, a key to his success, was learning English and building relationships.
Throughout his careers, you'll find relationships are a real key. He closes out with some very important lessons. I've confidently added them as lessons for me to learn.
- Never let pride get in your way.
- Don't over-think.
- Forget having a plan B, operate without a safety net.
- You can use outrageous humor to settle a score.
- Work, don't waste your time.
- Reps, reps , reps. Goals, no shortcuts, no second takes.
- Don't blame your parents (you do it because you feel needy and vulnerable.
- Change takes big balls.
- Take care of your body and your mind (the mind is like a muscle, you should train it too).
- Stay hungry, success, make your mark, help others.
- Live a risky life, and a spicy life.
- Never follow the crowd (freeway full at rush hour, restaurant busy at dinner, don't go where the people are).
- No matter what you do in life, selling is part of it.
- Inspire to work out, pass on junk foods, use your will and vision.
- Trust yourself, break some rules, don't be afraid to fail.
- Avoid naysayers.