Although not born in America, Arnold has always strived to attain the "American Dream". As a young boy in Austria, he began to travel on the road to greatness. He knew that with alot of hard word, dedication and determination, he would someday achieve his goal. These three qualities of his leadership would be the core of his overall success.
Arnold's qualities of leadership began to show early in his teens. When he would work out in the gym, other athletes would look up to him due to his determined attitude. This immediate success was an important turning point in his life. He had found respect, honor and attention where he had least expected it. From here on, he had become a natural leader who would be on the forefront of the bodybuilding world for decades to come. Even with his new found role model status, he never lost track of the important things in life, such as family and charities.
Arnold never did forget his Austrian roots. It was in Austria where he had his first disappointments and failures. He respected himself and his family so much that he could only learn from his early mistakes, in athletics and academics, a begin to take his life seriously. The rest is history.
Krasniewicz, L. and Blitz, M. (2006). Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Biography. Greenwood Press: Westport, CT.