Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger talked about his experiences during the tenure in public office and shared what he learned about politics in a new interviewwith Esquire Magazine.
“You can’t learn charisma,” said Schwarzenegger. “The power of influence is one of the most unique powers that you can have. It’s not the power of controlling people. It’s developing a certain skill of communicating what you want to accomplish so that people will follow you.”
Speaking about taxes, Schwarzenegger mentioned that he has no problem in paying them. He said that his philosophy is to overpay his taxes just to be safe and leave a 20 or 25 percent tip in restaurants because it’s “a good investment.”
“I always tell my accountant; If you’re in doubt about taxes, pay more. No Cayman Island offshore investments. No gimmicks. I love paying my taxes!” said Schwarzenegger
He also shared a couple of moments during his time in office that made him scratch his head. While sharing one of them he said:
“I remember when I went into politics, the legislature wanted to create a blueberry commission. Who’s gonna say no to a blueberry commission? Well, I said no. I thought they should fix the budget before they do the fu—king blueberry commission.”
The action movie star also points to work ethic as key to everything people want to get done! The work ethic that led Schwarzenegger to become successful comes from his father who was a “country police officer.”
“All he knew was discipline, performance, and work — not wasting your time. He came from an era where everything was scarce, so everything had to be useful,” he said. “That's why he was so against bodybuilding. He saw it as narcissistic. His belief was that you build your muscles by chopping wood or shoveling coal, doing something with your body that benefits someone else. But it was from him that I got my work ethic.
“Be a public servant — not a party servant,” Schwarzenneger said.
While concluding Schwarzenegger said, “We must teach the future leaders that political courage is not political suicide.”
Watch T J Walker’sfunny video in response the Schwarzenegger’s comments:
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