“Krampus”: The Austrian Demon That Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Informing Americans About via His Book ‘Be Useful’

Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s twenties were glorious with bodybuilding victories. From his thirties to his mid-fifties, Arnie was a Hollywood action superstar. In the following decade, the Austrian Oak left a lasting impact on politics as the Governor of California. But in his fourth quarter of life, Schwarzenegger is up to motivating his followers by sharing his life story. 

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The 76-year-old recently published his first self-help book, Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life. Recently a fan on X shared a snippet from the book that spilled beans on the Austrian Demon, Krampus. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger narrates a childhood tale of horror


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The 7x Mr. Olympia motivated himself to achieve greatness in life. But it would be wrong to assume that Arnie’s journey towards success is devoid of negativity. The 76- year-old used all the criticism that came his way to shine brighter. So, Schwarzenegger revealed a childhood story in his latest book that reinforced his motivation to make it big in life.


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Schwarzenegger revealed about a common upbringing in Austria during his time. The story involves a demon-like figure used for mending kids during Arnie’s childhood. In the book, Arnie wrote, “Growing up in Austria, all forms of motivation involved negative reinforcement.” “At Christmastime, when St. Nicholas visits your house to bring presents to all the good boys and girls, he comes with a demon-like figure called Krampus with huge horns, whose role is to punish all the bad kids and to scare them straight,”  

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Arnie’s Krampus was his downstairs neighbour. An X user shared the story from Arnie’s latest book and added, “The Austrians sure have a way with child-rearing.” Reposting the tweet, Schwarzenegger opined, “If my book teaches Americans about Krampus, it’s a success. Thanks for reading!” Despite helping parents in disciplining bad kids, the entire drama pushed Arnie to resolve for better things in life.


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