Arnold Schwarzenegger is probably the most famous bodybuilder of all time.
After parlaying his fame as Mr. Universe into an explosive career as an action movie star, Ah-nold proved he could do anything he set his mind to by becoming Governor of California!
But if the Governator had listened to his father, none of this might have happened! He says:
"My father was a country police officer. All he knew was discipline, performance, and work — not wasting your time. He came from an era where everything was scarce, so everything had to be useful.
That's why he was so against bodybuilding. He saw it as narcissistic. His belief was that you build your muscles by chopping wood or shoveling coal, doing something with your body that benefits someone else.
But it was from him that I got my work ethic."
Make that his amazing work ethic!
We're glad Arnold could respect his father and learn valuable lessons from him while still valuing his own vision enough to follow through.
It's a good example for anyone, no matter what his or her goal!
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