I don’t like Arnold Schwarzenegger much, he is at best smug, and at worst, well it’s probably best if I don’t go there. There is a lot that can be learnt from him though.
- At the age of 15 he started weight training
- When he was 23 he won the Mr Olympia body building title
- By the age of 30 he was a millionaire business man
- His first film success was arguably (and we can argue, I have seen it) Conan the Barbarian when he was 35
- When he was 56 he was elected as Governor of California, the 9th biggest economy in the world.
Not too shoddy for a post man’s son.
The thing that sets Arnold apart isn’t his muscles, it is his focus. He is a living embodiment of what can be achieved if you have a clear sense of purpose. Perhaps he deserves to be smug.
Dr. W. Edwards Deming the famous statistician and consultant had 14 key management principles, his first was:
“Create constancy of purpose for continual improvement of products and service to society.”
He didn’t have the physique of Arnold, but a very similar approach.
It sounds obvious, keep focused on a goal and continuously strive to achieve that goal, always improving. Why wouldn’t you? All organisations do, don’t they?
Well, not quite.
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