Arnold’s Three Part Formula for Success

Much of my reading these days has been about bodybuilding.  As you all know, I’m on the Team WB Fitness program that is, you guessed it, a bodybuilding program.  When I am doing something, I want to know all about it, and research it and learn all there is to know on a the subject.  Naturally, I have been reading Arnold Schwarzenegger’s books.  If you want advice, I say go to the best.  In his book “The Education of a Bodybuilder”, Arnold explains a method he used inside and outside the gym to reach success.  Today I’ll explain what they are, and how I’ve been using this method in my own life to succeed.

Words from the GOAT

Arnold explains in the book:

“In two or three years I had actually been able to change my body entirely. That told me something.  If I had been able to change my body that much, I could also, though the same determination, change anything else I wanted”

One of the best parts about reading Arnold’s books is that the guy never took no for an answer.  People put him on blast, saying he couldn’t do this or couldn’t do that, but the man has done more in his life then most men could do in 3 lifetimes.

Arnold’s Method and How I’m Using It

Arnold’s method is nothing unique honestly.  It all makes logical sense but sometimes I feel we overlook these things when trying to reach our goals.  Lets dive into the three parts below and how I’m using them in life.

Arnold States:

“The secret is contained in a three part formula I learned in the gym: self-confidence, a positive mental attitude, and honest hard work.

As I said, there is nothing there you haven’t heard a million times over, but just like it had clicked with The Austrian Oak, it clicked with me when I read it, and more importantly, when I started applying it.  Inside and outside of the gym.


Self confidence is paramount all across the manosphere and red pill sites.  If you have a defeatist, loser attitude in life, you wont achieve a damn thing.  You’ll always limit yourself to what you’ve always done, and never take risks because you truly don’t believe in yourself or your ability to get things done.   When I feel those pangs or doubt or regret, I kill it right away and use that negative energy to push myself. If you don’t believe in yourself to make it through, not only will you fail, but no one else will take you seriously either.

Positive Mental Attitude

I believe this goes hand and hand with self confidence. Whether I’m approaching the weights or something in my life, I truly tell myself that no matter what, I’m not going to give up and I’m going to get this shit done.  Too many people approach things with negativity and then they wonder why they constantly fail.  Even when I’m faced with a most impossible seeming task, I try to think calmly and rationally.  I try to keep my cool and do my best to not bring my own bullshit into an already stressful situation.  This helps you solve problems, and shows you can be a true leader.

Honest Hard Work

Not much I can elaborate on here.  If greatness was easy, it wouldn’t be great.  Many times in my life I’ve realized that the things that I had to do or things I wanted to accomplish, almost every one of these goals was met through a trying process that I had to devote myself to 100%.  You don’t measure your progress or goals when you win, but when you push through the bullshit and fears, and come out on the other side victorious.


As I read through more of Arnold’s books as well as other famous bodybuilders, they all seem to have such a positive view, determination, and confident attitude towards all aspects of their lives.  The next time you’re faced with something, think of these principles and see if they work for you.


-J. Nyx


Author: Jnyx

Fitness addict, DIY guru, tech nerd, member of Memesters Local 419.