Ever wonder what it takes to realize a dream? Look no further than Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold first gained international celebrity as a professional body builder and then went on to become a Hollywood celebrity and politician. But it all started for Arnold when, as a teenager, he stumbled upon a magazine featuring Reg Park, the famous actor who played Hercules in a very popular Italian movie series that began back in 1961. Inspired by Park, Arnold began working out with weights and his dream of becoming the world’s greatest bodybuilder was born. Arnold’s single-minded focus on realizing his dream is legendary. Two months prior to a Mr. Olympia bodybuilding contest, Arnold’s father died. His mother pleaded with him to return to Austria to attend the funeral. Arnold said no. He told his mom it would distract him from his training for the contest. Years later, Arnold would confess that his decision, although the right one for him because he won the title, damaged his relationship with his mother and his girlfriend. Neither could understand how his dream took precedence over the death of his father. But Arnold’s dream did take precedence. It took precedence over every part of his life.
Arnold picked up his first barbell in 1960. Ten years later he earned his first Mr. Olympia title. Ten years dedicated to pursuing one singular dream. Arnold would apply his laser-like focus in pursuing other dreams, such as becoming a famous actor and, much later in life, Governor of California. Arnold taught us the importance of pursuing your dreams in crafting a successful life. Realizing your dreams in life requires an almost superhuman, long-term, laser-like focus and commitment.