Arnold Schwarzenegger, walked into an agent’s office to pursue his career in Hollywood. The agent laughed at him for a variety of reasons. First, he said that Arnold’s body was overdeveloped, during this time, the leading actors that were the sex symbols were Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino. Being that Schwarzenegger was a bodybuilding champion, there wasn’t anyone in the movie industry that could match his physique.
Not only was his body too “large” for the big screen, but they also made fun of his name. Saying that there was no way in hell that the name “Schwarzenegger” would do well at the box office. Oh, and don’t get them started about his terrible German accent. Could you imagine having to listen to someone with such a tone of voice for 90 minutes during a film? Forget about it!
Fast forward to 2021 and the films that Arnie has appeared in have grossed nearly $2 Billion! The moral of the story is this…Whether you’re a movie star, entrepreneur, or successful investor, everyone has been made fun of at least one time in their lives. These painful words are like a bullet shot from a gun and you need to ensure you always have your bulletproof vest on to stop the blows.
The agent that originally met with Arnold Schwarzenegger literally laughed in his face! Can you imagine making fun of a man with 22-inch arms and weighing over 225 pounds? No way…but it happened. So where did this agent go wrong?
Well, he didn’t RTO. Recognize the opportunity.
In the movie Conan the Barbarian, director John Milius was a person who didn’t fail to recognize the opportunity presented in front of him. Without Arnold being in the leading role, he was quoted as saying,
“If we didn’t have Arnold, we would have had to build a suit to match the physique of Schwarzenegger.”
World-renowned director James Cameron who directed The Terminator movies said that because of Arnold’s accent the phrase
“I’ll be back”
is one the most iconic lines in history because Arnold sounded like a machine! So, the next time someone laughs at you for wanting to achieve something huge, remember to be like Arnold.
Think big, ignore the naysayers, and always follow your dreams.
Joshua Krafchick, AKA “CHACHI”
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