What I’ve learned from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Elon Musk

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Elon Musk are two personalities that don’t seem to have anything in common. Even if it seems strange at first to compare a known entrepreneur with a bodybuilder and actor, the reality is that both of them are great entrepreneurs and there’s a lot that you can learn from them. Elon and Arnold managed to reach the top levels of success in their industries. But they always pushed the boundaries, they wanted to bring something new to the table, and this worked to their advantage. If you are interested in learning more about them I can highly recommend both biographies: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future and Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.

In this post, I’ll share with you what I’ve learned by reading both biographies and what I’ve noticed that Elon Musk and Arnold Schwarzenegger have in common.

But first, let’s have a quick look what both have accomplished so far.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwazenegger
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Even if you don’t like Arnold Schwarzenegger you have to admit he has accomplished incredible things. You can learn a lot from Arnold Schwarzenegger, especially the fact that he never gives up. He always tries to do something new and even if it fails for some reason, he does all in his power to come back stronger.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was seven times Mr. Olympia (one of the most desired bodybuilding trophies in the world). He also held the title of Mr. Universe four times. It was an incredible experience for him to come from the Austrian army and enter the bodybuilding world, but he was obsessed with working out, and this is what led him to bodybuilding in the first place.

After his bodybuilding career, he moved on to acting. He was the highest paid actor at the peak of his career (Kindergarten Cop, Twins, Terminator and Conan the Barbarian). But that’s not all. Arnold Schwarzenegger also was a governor of the biggest state in the US (California) and a best-selling author.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is and always was an entrepreneur. He always invested in side projects to generate revenue. He has had various investments, he had a bricklaying business, a mail ordering business, he even had real estate properties, and he invested in the Planet Hollywood chain. 

Something else I want to mention about him, is that he is incredibly charismatic. Check out this video:

I think this is a major reason that his career has been such a success.

Elon Musk

Elon Musk
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Elon Musk didn’t focus on industries like movies or bodybuilding. He was a nerd who had his focus on making the world a better place. This is something that he still wants to do in the current day and age and he tries to make it a reality. He has a passion for working hard and achieving his goals. He knows that the best way to achieve something in life is to generate a massive revenue and grow a powerful business. Elon Musk’s career is fascinating and it’s continually reaching new heights year after year.

Just like Arnold, Elon Musk tried multiple ventures, although his were a lot different. His businesses are very impressive and we can easily see Elon as one of the most influential persons that will most likely change the world very soon! What you need to know about Elon Musk is that he created X.com, which merged with PayPal. He was a board member at PayPal, but he soon left to pursue other ventures. He is the co-founder of Zip2, which was one of his first business ventures and one that he had to sell to generate revenue for some of his other businesses.

Nowadays, Elon Musk is mostly known for his involvement with SpaceX, a company where he is both the CEO and the CTO. On top of that, he is also the co-founder, product architect and CEO at Tesla INC and he is also the chairman and co-founder of Solar City. Musk is also known as the co-chairman of OpenAI.


Similarities between Elon Musk and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Both of them are immigrants

Arnold Schwarzenegger is from Austria, and Elon Musk is from South Africa. So they are not from the US at all, on the contrary, they had to work very hard to come to the US. But they did all of that, and they were very committed to having a great life. That’s what makes both of them so amazing, the fact that they wanted to live their dream and focused on pursuing that dream with all their commitment, focus, and power!

Both of them are visionaries

Arnold Schwarzenegger always wanted to become the best bodybuilder in the world and he pictured himself in the USA even when he was young. Elon Musk also has a great vision. He plans to help our society go to Mars, he wants to create a sustainable car for everyone, and he also intends to change the way we acquire energy and how we use it.

Both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Elon Musk are very hard workers.

While Arnold worked out and still works out many hours per day, Elon is known to work up to 18 hours a day. They both know that only hard work pays off and they do all they can to work and achieve their goals. Elon Musk describes in his book how he wishes he didn’t have to eat so that he could work longer.

They aren’t afraid of challenges.

Like Arnold, Elon has tried multiple ventures and businesses. He is always ready to try out something new, and he does everything in his power to reach incredible results and take himself to the next level. He knows that there are many challenges to overcome, but so far he has gotten past all obstacles. His business ventures clearly show that he is ready to tackle everything. Arnold, on the other hand, was a bodybuilder, an actor and then a politician. It was hard to go from one industry to another, and then he even entered politics. But it’s his powerful spirit and commitment that never let him give up.

In Conclusion

Both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Elon Musk share some similarities. These are things that all entrepreneurs should learn, and we should always use both these exceptional individuals as role models. (Except when it comes to their relationships with wives and secretaries 😉 )They never gave up, they worked hard to achieve all their goals in life, and that allowed them to get stronger, better and reach new heights with their businesses! There’s always a lot to learn from people like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Elon Musk. Read their books and consider applying many of their life lessons, as they might end up changing your life for the better!


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