Work: Privilege or Punishment?

“For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.”

-Arnold Schwarzenegger

Most of us were forced to sweep the floor or do the dishes when we did something bad in the eyes of our parents. We were taught that work is punishment. Arnold Schwarzenegger learned the complete opposite. At age five, Arnold was required to complete two sets of five push ups before receiving his breakfast. He was instilled the idea of work being a privilege.

Throughout his life, Arnold accomplished pretty much everything he set out to achieve:

  • Arnold Immigrated to America (People said he could not move to America)
  • Arnold moved to California (He had dreamed of living in California)
  • Arnold became the #1 bodybuilder of all time by age 25 (Worked out 6 hours a day)
  • Arnold became a millionaire (He taught himself about real estate and investing)
  • Arnold became the #1 actor in the world (People said his name and accent would not allow him a career in acting)
  • Arnold was elected Governor of California (5-10 hours a day teaching himself politics)

Arnold, from the age of five, learned that work offers reward. He accomplished five majo life goals; these goals aren’t even dreamed of by some people because they are so prestigious and require so much work. Arnold lived to compete, not just to survive.

Today’s lesson: Work is a privilege as long as it leads to something you love.

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