Arnold Schwarzenegger has blasted a generation of ‘wimps’ and ‘weak people’ saying people need to ‘struggle’ to succeed.
The actor, 76, is famed for his action-packed roles in the likes of The Terminator, Predator, Commando, and Conan The Barbarian where we commonly see him as a hardened, ripped hero saving the day.
And now, the bodybuilder and former California governor spoke about his worry that the world is raising a ‘generation of wimps’ by over-protecting each other in a new interview,
‘There’s no shortcut, you have to put the work in… The human mind can only grow through resistance,” he said during an appearance on The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM.
‘You can only strengthen your character, become a really strong person, if you have resistance, if you fail, if you get up again.
‘The more you struggle, the further you’re going to go and the stronger you’re going to get. That’s just the way the world works. Anyone who tries to baby themselves and pamper themselves, and try to protect themselves… it’s over. You’re never gonna get there.’
He said that we must be able to ‘accept pain, misery, and discomfort’ to succeed, but that ‘so many young kids these days shy away from that.’
Arnold went on to say that America was built by women and men who ‘struggled and fought and worked their butts off’ which ‘made this country great.’
‘Let’s continue this way. Don’t start creating a generation of wimps and weak people… Let’s not over-baby people. Let’s go and teach kids to be tough, to do sports, to study and struggle and go through these kind of painful moments sometimes,’ he added.
The Kindergarten Cop’s tough love extends to his home life after he recently revealed he once sent his pet micro pig to a fat farm.
‘Twenty-something years ago [with his first pet pig], my kids started going on this competition of who feeds this animal more food. They thought this was really great,’ he said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
‘One was giving him one apple, then the other was coming with two apples. Then the third kid came home and started giving bananas and apples and pears.
‘All of a sudden, this pig ended up being 300lbs. It’s supposed to be a miniature pig. So I had to send it to a fat farm.
‘Imagine how crazy that is, sending [a pig] to a farm at 300lbs.’
Schwarzenegger also opened up on the time he burnt his daughter Katherine’s shoes in front of her to teach her a lesson.
‘You could talk to them about what they liked about their upbringing because they have very humorous stories,’ he told People Magazine.
‘As a matter of fact, Katherine comes over with [her daughter] Lyla and she says, “Lyla, I told you already not to put the shoes there. Keep your shoes on or you put them away, but you don’t leave them there by the stand in front of the fireplace because you know what Daddy did? When I left my shoes there twice? The third time, he burned them in front of me and I cried.”’
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