This first one is a short film about the first of many goals he set his mind to achieving despite several naysayers all around him: his family, his friends, basically everyone around him. As we all know, he wanted to be a body builder. But this wasn't a recognized sport in Austria, so everyone around him teased him and taunted him about it. He had absolutely no support from anyone close to him, and yet he kept his mind focused on his goal and went on to win his first competition despite several major obstacles. After he won that competition, people finally started taking him seriously and showing him their support.
This second video is one of Arnold's longer, more detailed biographical speeches about his success through the years. He talks a bit about that first childhood experience, but he goes into even more detail about how he was again teased and ridiculed by people in the movie industry when he first told them he wanted to become an actor. And the same thing happened again when he announced he wanted to run for Governor of California.
I'm fascinated by this man's ability to maintain his focus and belief in himself despite all the odds he had against him and all the naysayers he came across along the way. I'm even more amazed by his ability to achieve the seemingly impossible goals he sets for himself.
If you haven't had the chance to read his biography from 2012, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger, then I highly recommend you pick up a copy and read it. It shows just how many years it took him to achieve success as an actor--the amount of time and effort expended between his very first small acting role to when he finally got his break in Conan the Barbarian. I think it was something like 11 years before he got the part, and another 2 years before filming finished and the movie was produced. That's a LONG time to stay focused on a goal and maintain belief in oneself despite all the obstacles along the way. But he stayed true to his vision and his goals through all of it--for YEARS! And look at all he's accomplished because of that. I think he's absolutely amazing.