In step with the Arnold apology tour
The Schwarzenegger story is interesting, relevant, because it ties into our powerful national myth of the self-made man. As Arnold likes to say, his is the ultimate immigrant story, the improbable tale of a poor Austrian boy who conquered career after career out of sheer force of will. He even purports, at the end of his book, to offer advice to fellow strivers: “Stay hungry,” “Forget plan B,” and “When someone tells you no, you should hear yes.” Arnold’s ambition has always been a part of his appeal -- what makes him, for all of his otherworldly qualities, also seem universal. But maybe great ambition and entitlement are two sides of the same coin, and the striving personality is also the type to take what he wants along the way.