A challenging new role for the terminator? Read on.
On Monday morning (9-23-12), I heard Leslie Stahl talking about the former California governor’s new “tell all” book, Total Recall. With the book raising a bit of a controversy among family members and others, CBS This Morning co-hosts Charlie Rose & Nora O’Donnell were both asking, “Why in the world is he doing this? Why dredge all of this old news up again? What’s in it for him?”
Leslie responded, “He’s looking for a fourth act.” She then noted that he’d reached the world class level in three totally different fields of endeavor: bodybuilding, acting and politics—although one could argue that the last two are quite similar. She also mentioned the 10,000-hour rule, made famous by author Malcolm Gladwell, who claims that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours.
4th Act? At this point I was thinking, maybe Arnold’s fourth act could be tackling the world-saving task of helping to lead the human race back to the natural diet for our species. For our health, for the cost of health care, for the environment, for the critters and for the longterm sustainability of the human race. So, I am thinking:
“Why don’t we hire the Terminator for the world’s most important task?”
But does he have the 10,000 hours of experience and what does he know about the natural diet for our species? Let’s take a look at the second question first.
A brief internet search reveals that he probably knows very little about what we really should be eating. He’s probably not read The China Study and he probably believes that our most important nutrient is protein—from animals.
But, after reading a handful of books and visiting with a few people like Bill Clinton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tony Gonzalez, T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn and Dean Ornish—the terminator will know all he needs to know about the optimal, whole foods, plant-based diet for humans. Like me, he will probably experience a blinding flash of the obvious fairly early in this orientation phase—at which time, he will probably say, “Oh my God, we’re eating the wrong food!”
But what about the 10,000 hours? He doesn’t need to have 10,000 hours of training in plant-based nutrition to be the leader; he just needs to “get it,” regardless of how few hours it might take. Primarily what he needs he already has: leadership skills, international recognition and the ability to sell his ideas to others. Leslie Stahl, who just interviewed him for 60 Minutes said that he was one of the most charming, interesting and witty people that she’d ever met.
The Bottom Line. We need an internationally recognized person who is ready to take the lead and make this Harmony Project the number one priority in his life. He will then recruit other leaders who will help in spreading this world-changing message around the globe.
FYI, the Harmony Project is what I call the collective process of rapidly moving the human race in the direction of living in harmony with the rest of the planet. And the single most important step that we can take is moving rapidly in the direction of a whole foods, plant-based diet.
Maybe someone who reads this blog can get it in the hands of the former governor. Maybe he’ll “get it” and maybe he won’t, but it’s worth a shot. If he’s looking for a fourth act that will dwarf the combined significance of his first three, this one could be it—and it would certainly enable him to fulfill his most famous promise:
I’ll Be Back!
If so, welcome back Mr. Governor. It will be fun working with you as we all work together to lead the world in the implementation of the simple truths found in this handy kit. Hasta La Vista, Baby!
One more thing. As for the 10,000 hour rule, I believe that I am there in my new career. After almost ten years of studying, writing, speaking, blogging and coaching—I proclaim to have reached the 10,,000 hour level today—with the posting of my 600th consecutive daily blog.
That works out to only 2 hours, 47 minutes per day since I started in November of 2002. I also believe that my 10,000 hours in this new career exceeds the combined total time invested in earning my engineering degree and my MBA.
As for The Harmony Project mentioned earlier, a tour of these earlier blogs will give you a good idea of the kind of international leadership that is needed—urgently. Okay, maybe Arnold is a long shot. Maybe not. Will someone please forward this blog to someone who knows Arnold? And tell him we’ve got an idea for his 4th Act.
- The Harmony Project
- Dispelling the Protein Myth
- As Jobs would say, “Let’s get crazy enough to change the world.”
- “Thinking differently” and changing the world…
Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The ”big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
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