"I never saw a no as a no," he said. "When someone said , 'It's impossible,' I always heard, 'It's possible.'"
Schwarzenegger said he had a clear vision of where he wanted to go from his youth: He wanted to travel to America and he wanted to become the strongest man in the world, which revealed itself in ways that unsettled his mother.
"My mother always worried, she saw pictures on my bedroom wall of men and she wondered, is my son turning south here because all my friends have girls on the wall of the bedroom and he has only men oiled up with little briefs," Schwarzenegger recalled.
He said he took solace in a life lived in permanent forward momentum after he got into politics.
"You hear, no, it's impossible, but I ignored those things because I always thought back at those early days," Schwarzenegger said, "and that's what this documentary is all about, having a vision."