Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Self-Made Man’ Speech has Gone Viral as People Discover it for First Time


Arnold Schwarzenegger’s speech about the idea of self-made success has been rediscovered and gone viral again.

The original video was taken when the actor gave a commencement speech at the University of Houston in May 2017.

In his speech, he explains how he doesn’t consider himself a ‘self-made’ man, solely because that title dismissed the fact he ‘wouldn’t have made it’ without the help of others.

The icon spoke about how he originally came over to the US after being encouraged by bodybuilding legend Joe Weider. Schwarzenegger said:

“It was Joe Weider that brought me to America, to the greatest country in the world, to give me the opportunity to train in Gold’s Gym and to get me a little apartment,”

“I came over here with absolutely nothing. It was his help. I had $20 in the pocket and some sweaty clothes in the gym bag. I had this one little apartment and on Thanksgiving, the bodybuilders from Gold’s Gym came to my apartment and they brought me pillows, dishes, silverware, all of those things I didn’t have.”

“…in Gold’s Gym, there was a magical place with all of the champions, Mr. Americas, Mr. World, Mr. Universe, everyone was training, powerlifters, Olympic champions and so on. And they helped me change from an amateur champion to a professional champion.”

“I would not have made any of that by myself. So, this is why I don’t believe in the self?made man and even when it comes to show business, it was the same thing. I mean – you read the stories that Schwarzenegger decided from one day to the next to retire from bodybuilding and to go and become an actor. And in no time, he did Conan the Barbarian and Terminator and Commander and so on. Well, it is true, but it is only half of the story because the reality of it is without a lot of help I wouldn’t have made it.”

Watch his speech below:



What an uplifting speech!


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