Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life by Arnold Schwarzenegger

YPRL Staff

26 May, 2024

Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest book. Part autobiography, part self-help book, Schwarzenegger describes his life from his struggles as a child in rural Austria, to making it in America as a body builder, action movie star and as Governor of California, the sixth largest economy in the world.

“Be useful” is a phrase that his father instilled in him at an early age, and it is the core philosophy of his book. Each chapter covers a different part of his life, and he uses these experiences to provide tools and guidance to help readers to not only achieve their goals, but to thrive in their life.

The first two chapters helps readers to plan and set goals. His belief is to better yourself and be useful, one must first set clear and broad goals. Once these general goals have been set, we can then work on narrowing our focus and setting more specific goals.

Schwarzenegger provides the example of his childhood in Austria, having the first initial goal of making it in America. He provides his own experience on how he followed up by setting more specific goals such as pursuing body building and acting in America.

The next five chapters are concerned with the methodology of achieving your goals. These are not methods that are new and groundbreaking to most people, but he explains these methods in an eloquent manner that will hold the attention of most readers. He explains familiar concepts such as time management, self-promotion, positive thinking, adaptability to change and gives examples of how he used these concepts in his day-to-day life to achieve his lofty goals.

At first glance, one might dismiss his advice as being oversimplified and cliched. Many readers would have come across the countless resources, seminars, and people in their life that would stress how having goals, hard work and a positive attitude can achieve anything. He provides simple guidelines as spending even an hour a day on achieving your goals and delivers these guidelines in a way that feels fresh and captivating.

The audiobook version is narrated by Schwarzenegger himself, and this version outlines his strengths as a public speaker. It paints a vivid picture of his life and helps to ensure that his advice remains with you even weeks after you finish listening. This book is not only for fans and those familiar with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Whether this is your first self-help book, or you’ve been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of self-help books on the market, this book is a unique perspective that is worth reading or listening to.

Can't get enough of Arnold?

This is the unbelievably true story of Arnold Schwarzenegger's life. Born in the small city of Thal, Austria, in 1947, he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 21. Within ten years, he was a millionaire business man. After twenty years, he was the world's biggest movie star. In 2003, he was Governor of California and a name around the world.

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