I ordered this book on the day it was released, primarily because I am a big fan of Arnold. I've heard his story and his motivational speeches. For those unfamiliar, his speaking style differs from other motivational speakers. He is humorous and delivers his message with a confident tone, reflecting his phenomenal success in various fields. He has already reached the pinnacle of success, making this book ideal for those seeking Terminator-style determination.
The seven tools he shared are:
- Have a clear vision
- Never think small
- Work your ass off
- Shut your mouth, open your mind
- Sell, sell, sell
- Shift gears
- Break your mirror
Among all these tools, my favorite is "sell, sell, sell". Arnold emphasizes the importance of selling yourself as a product. Using his own experiences as examples, he explains how his ability to sell led him to blockbuster roles and his current position. I resonate with this because I've seen many diligent, hardworking people around me. They've contributed significantly, but struggle to showcase their work to the world. I, too, need to improve in this area. Hard work is just one part of the equation; making sure people see your effort is another.
Another reason I believe this book is more motivational than others is due to the author's fame. Arnold projects the image of a determined man and speaks in an assertive tone, which is convincing. While I agree that his success story is hard to replicate—success requires many elements, and being diligent is necessary but not sufficient—it's still a good book. It's also a nice way to appreciate and celebrate his achievements.
While reading the book, I revisited his interviews and speeches on YouTube. He's a jack of all trades, a living legend, and someone who is down-to-earth and humorous. I really like this guy!