Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life

Written by:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Narrated by:
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
43
Narrator
19
Release Date
October 2023
Duration
6 hours 19 minutes
Summary
THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The seven rules to follow to realize your true purpose in life—distilled by Arnold Schwarzenegger from his own journey of ceaseless reinvention and extraordinary achievement, and available for absolutely anyone.

The world’s greatest bodybuilder. The world’s highest-paid movie star. The leader of the world’s sixth-largest economy. That these are the same person sounds like the setup to a joke, but this is no joke. This is Arnold Schwarzenegger. And this did not happen by accident.
 
Arnold’s stratospheric success happened as part of a process. As the result of clear vision, big thinking, hard work, direct communication, resilient problem-solving, open-minded curiosity, and a commitment to giving back. All of it guided by the one lesson Arnold’s father hammered into him above all: be useful. As Arnold conquered every realm he entered, he kept his father’s adage close to his heart.
 
Written with his uniquely earnest, blunt, powerful voice, Be Useful takes readers on an inspirational tour through Arnold’s tool kit for a meaningful life. He shows us how to put those tools to work, in service of whatever fulfilling future we can dream up for ourselves. He brings his insights to vivid life with compelling personal stories, life-changing successes and life-threatening failures alike—some of them famous; some told here for the first time ever.
 
Too many of us struggle to disconnect from our self-pity and connect to our purpose. At an early age, Arnold forged the mental tools to build the ladder out of the poverty and narrow-mindedness of his rural Austrian hometown, tools he used to add rung after rung from there. Now he shares that wisdom with all of us. As he puts it, no one is going to come rescue you—you only have yourself. The good news, it turns out, is that you are all you need.
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Leopold N.

A real inspiration, a wake-up call and a confidence booster all in one. Down-to-earth, no BS and clear. Arnold is my hero!

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Dani

Although it may sound repetitive if you've been following him for a while, I'd recommend the book to anyone.

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Anonymous

Excellent book. It provided great insights on how Arnold thinks and why and how he achieved the things he did. It also provided a great perspective on those who have influenced his life, including James Cameron and Danny DeVito.

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Anonymous

I am having a hard time getting through this, not only is it a bit too comical to listen to Arnold read, but literally have been listening for 1.5 hours and all he’s talked about is his acting and body building.

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Special K

Love Arnold, but this book is quite repetitive if you followed him for a while, and especially second half drags on.

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Anonymous

I hope he donates all the money he makes on this book to the poorest people otherwise I consider my investment the biggest waste. Although I fast forwarded a lot I cannot get back the time I wasted listening .... NOT RECOMMENDED... WASTE OF MONEY

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