My friend Andrew keeps telling me how inspiring Arnold Schwarzenegger can be in his talks about life, his career and in business. One day while on social media, I spotted the image of Schwarzenegger’s newest book, Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life. I took a photo of the book on my I-phone and texted it to Andrew with no words. A while later, he sends me a text back about how cool it is and that he hopes I read the book. It took a while, but I did get to the book. I spent a credit on Audible.com,
First, it is not a dull book. Second, I like how Schwarzenegger connects his lessons with a page out of his own life. Third, he shares who helped him learn in his, and who influenced him to, as the book title states, to be useful. Schwarzenegger gives a great road map in a clear, concise and easy to understand way.
One particular thing I have heard again and again, not just from Schwarzenegger in the book, is to visualize yourself doing something or using visualization to take an idea and grow it. It is, I believe, an essential thing, and it applies to whatever one does in a career or otherwise. Most often we hear it about athletes, but it can really be used by everyone.
I enjoyed Schwarzenegger’s book and if you like me have not heard him give talks or read his other book, Total Recall, and only know him from the film world, Being Useful: Seven Tools for Life is a good introduction to another side of the actor, family man, business person and weight lifter.