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Arnold Schwarzenegger (July 30, 1947 - )
Okay, I admit it is stretching it when I call him an "historical figure." But when I think of Arnold Schwarzenegger, I think of a very determined man. Whatever he sets his mind to, he usually achieves.
He had very humble beginnings as the son of an Austrian policeman. As a teenager he became interested in bodybuilding, and decided that he was going to be the best. And he achieved this goal by becoming Mr. Olympia seven times. After bodybuilding, he turned his sights on Hollywood. I won't claim that he is a great actor, but no one can argue with me that he is not a successful actor. Some of his movies are good, a few are great, and a few are . . . well, not so great. But I find them entertaining, and he has made a lot of money making them.
So what is it that I like about Arnold Schwarzenegger? It is his determination. He wanted to be a great bodybuilder, and through his force of will, his motivation, his drive and discipline, he achieved it. He wanted to be a great movie star. That same force of will, motivation, drive and discipline let him achieve this also. Arnold's secret is self-promotion. There are very few people who are better at it (you would have to look into the political world to find better -- and who knows he might go there someday too). And the basis of his self-promotion is a belief in himself. He sets a goal, he believes in himself, and he drives forward to that goal -- much like an unstoppable force of nature.
Another thing I admire about Arnold Schwarzenegger is that he is a staunch
Republican who married Maria Shriver Kennedy. She is from the famed
Kennedy family of John (President), Robert and Ted -- all very staunch
Democrats. Can you imagine what a large family dinner would be like
with all those personalities around one table. The story of Romeo
and Juliet would not have been a tragedy if Romeo had been more like Arnold
. . . .
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