June 5th, 2014
12:29 PM ET

What to do After College? Ask Arnold Schwarzenegger's Daughter

Have you ever felt lost or confused about what's ahead for you in life? These pangs of hesitation or confusion can be especially common for people right after they graduate college.

'I Just Graduated ... Now What?' is Katherine Schwarzenegger's new book that addresses this subject.

The daughter of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger says when she faced her own life after college, she didn't have an answer for the probe:  What comes next?

While some may suspect that with famous parents she would have no insecurities in approaching the 'real world,'  Schwarzenegger says that's untrue.

"Having privilege doesn't exclude me from feeling nervous or worried about my future," she says.

After speaking with 31 notable people and 2 financial experts, the messages in the book are clear: work hard,  stick to your dreams, don't freak out, and perhaps most importantly –  the process is different for everyone.

“I found there is no specific answer, there is no right answer or wrong answer, there’s only your way and your path.”

From Spanx founder Sara Blakely to musician John Legend, Schwarzenegger shares a diversity of paths notable people found to financial freedom and success.

WHO'S MOST RELATABLE? 

From law school to Disney World to Spanx billionaire!

Schwarzenegger says one of the most relatable stories in the book belongs to Sara Blakely.

She was going to be a lawyer until she bombed the LSAT. Then Blakely wanted to be Goofy at Disney World, but she was too short. After selling fax machines door to door for seven years, one day she needed footless control tights for a pair of white capris.

After making the garment herself and eventually emptying her savings account of $5,000 into her big idea, the entrepreneur is now at the helm of a multi-million dollar company.

Sara Blakely was working as a sales trainer by day and a stand-up comedienne at night before she started Spanx. (L: David Shankbone/R: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images/file)

Sara Blakely was working as a sales trainer by day and a stand-up comedienne at night before she started Spanx. (L: David Shankbone/R: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images/file)

READ:  From broke to billionaire

MOST SURPRISING? 

You may know singer/songwriter  John Legend for his smooth voice and various hits but his success wasn't always guaranteed.

Schwarzenegger discovers Legend was once a finance guy graduating from Wharton business school with a dream to make it big in the music industry.

He quit three years in and worked part-time, Schwarzenegger said.

"He used his first paycheck to pay back student loans."

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"All of Me" singer John Legend stops by BBC Radio 2 studio on March 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo credit: FameFlynetUK/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES)

AND WHAT ABOUT HER DAD? 

The author of course includes her father  Arnold Schwarzenegger  in her book.

The former governor of California  went to trade school, but he knew he wanted to become a bodybuilder – so he worked on it continuously.

Schwarzenegger studied English because he felt he wanted to go to Hollywood after winning Mr. Universe.

He took some credits and got a diploma from the University of Wisconsin.

Then his film career took off, and he kept buying real estate that he rented.

Arnold Schwarzenegger heads back to city hall with London mayor Boris Johnson in March 2011.  (Getty Images)

Arnold Schwarzenegger heads back to city hall with London mayor Boris Johnson in March 2011. (Getty Images)

 

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  1. Arnold

    She would see things a whole lot differently if she was forced to even consider her financial situation; she will never have to worry whatsoever. Its easy for her to write about and point at other examples of success when she doesn't even have to try to succeed. She will probably never know what its like to succeed, she will never truly understand what its like to succeed.
    Shes honestly expressing a revelation that she had wherein she feels no pressure now...Obviously she feels no pressure..she will never in her life be under pressure, she is loaded for life.
    I will say though she is the spitting image of her parents and is actually quite gorgeous.

    June 5, 2014 at 3:48 pm | Reply

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