ESPN Films’ latest 30 For 30 documentary,“Broke,” aired on Tuesday and offered a great perspective on why so many pro players lose all their dough and go bankrupt. For those interested in catching “Broke” on TV, it will re-air on October 6 on ESPN Classic (check your local listings for more details). In the meantime, here’s a great 30 for 30 Short called “Arnold’s Blueprint,” which focuses on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s teenage years in the Austrian Army. Years before he was the “Universe’s Perfect Specimen,” a young Schwarzenegger seized upon an opportunity to use the sport of bodybuilding to catapult himself to international stardom.
This 10-minute film is directed by Michael and Jeff Zimbalist, who previously directed the 30 for 30 film “The Two Escobars.”
It’s a rousing short that makes you further appreciate the success not only of Arnold, but of what anyone can do when they put their passion and perseverance to work. It may well be the pep you need to finish the day.
-Paul Shirey, joblo.com
Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the film:
Arnold, on his drive to succeed: ”I never saw a ‘no’ as a ‘no.’ I always heard ‘yes.’ Whenever someone said ‘It’s impossible,’ I heard ‘It’s possible.’ … What was important to me was that I had a very clear vision of where I wanted to go. Since I was 10 or 11 years old I wanted to come to America, I wanted to be a body-building champion, the strongest man in the world and all those kinds of things. It was so clear in front of me that I was absolutely convinced that no matter what anyone said, it was possible to reach. It was now just a matter of putting the work into it.”