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From “I’ll Be Back” To Giving Back: Arnold Schwarzenegger Is The Influencer We Need

By October 2, 2023No Comments
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Episode #784



One of the world’s most compelling public figures, today Arnold Schwarzenegger graces the show to share tales from his extraordinary life, how he reached the pinnacle of success in three different careers, and why his 4th act is leveraging his influence to forge a better world.

The occasion for this conversation is the publication of his new book, Be Useful—a primer on the principles that catapulted him into a generational icon and why service is the path to meaning and purpose.

In this exchange we dive deep into the vision, work ethic, and salesmanship that Arnold deployed to become the world’s greatest bodybuilder, the top-grossing action star in Hollywood, and the highest elected official in California.

“Adversity breeds character. Resistance not only makes muscles grow but also makes your head grow. It makes you a stronger person.”


We also discuss reinvention. The importance of selling your self. How giving back became his paramount focus. How he thinks about the influence he wields—and why usefulness and positivity are the antidotes to unhappiness and apathy.

Arnold also shares thoughts on confidence, ego, and leadership. Why his friendship with James Cameron is so special, and how it led to Arnold’s work as a passionate environmentalist.

Not to be missed, Arnold also tells the amazing story of how a giant bust of Lenin ended up in his office.

Recorded in Arnold’s office—a museum of extraordinary artifacts—this is a must-WATCH episode. You can find it on YouTube HERE. The audio version streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts.

Video on Spotify: We are very excited to announce that for the first time, the video version of this episode (and episodes going forward) is also now available on Spotify. Just click the episode HERE as always and Spotify gives you the option to enjoy the conversation in either audio or video format. Have a look and let us know what you think in the Spotify comments section!

Open and vulnerable, this is the Governator like you’ve never before seen or heard him.


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