We took a lot of pride in trailblazing and how the game was played.
I knew at that time, when I was eight, I wanted to be an entertainer and I loved the idea of that.
It wasn’t me, personally, that they didn’t like. It was that I wasn’t being me.
Life brings, like, drama, and you got to deal with this person and a funky relationship.
Yes, I get up at crazy hours whether it’s three o’clock in the morning. By the way, when we were talking in London, I was getting up at three because I had to be on set by four.
“It is the worst mistake you’ll ever make.” He said, “You’re ruining your career.”
I love action, and I love kicking ass. But, the goal is to become a better actor.
Get your ass kicked, you get back up, and you put the gloves back on, and you swing away.
When I was 16-years old, that was the last time that I was arrested.
“I don’t know how it happened, “but my cousin,” who was on tour with us, I said, “just got busted with prostitutes “and my name is attached to it now.”
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Top 10 Rules For Success
Evan: He’s a Canadian-American actor, producer, and semi-retired wrestler.
“The Rock” is considered by many to be the biggest superstar in WWE history.
His autobiography debuted at number one on the New York Times best seller list.
He’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and here are his top ten rules for success.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Rules
- Be a trailblazer
- Know what you want
- Be yourself
- Find the right balance
- Have an incredible work ethic
- Follow your heart
- Work on yourself
- Swing away
- See the potential in others
- Have fun
Rule #1. Be A Trailblazer
We were bad. We intimidated, we dominated, but we took a lot of pride in that. We took a lot of pride in trailblazing and how the game was played, back at that time. Through, we would intimidate teams and we would want to dominate teams. But, also too, we also had the thought process that a team was never going to out-work us.
We’re going to be the hardest working team in the country. And check this out, what we would do, for example, we would go into… So, we had a big game against Florida State, so we would go into their Doak Campbell Stadium and instead of going through your general practice what you do, what we would do is we would do things a little bit different just to intimidate them.
So, as a team, we would kind of all line up. We’re in their stadium, you got their staff, you got some players watching us instead of going through our plays, we would just start to give cadence calls. So, for example, you know, the whole team, we would say things like, you know, like…
Let it go baby, it’s cable. Don’t hold back, Dwayne!
We would say, ♫ All us Canes we got an itch. ♫ Florida State’s going to be our bitch. Like that.
Rule #2. Know What You Want
I wanted to entertain. When I was eight-years old, I thought I was a combination of these guys. I thought I was a combination of Chuck Norris, Richard Pryor, Harrison Ford, and Rocky Balboa, and Harrison Ford from Indiana Jones. So, I was like all these guys. Oh, and Elvis Presley, too, at eight, all right .
Piers Morgan: Pretty lofty ambitions.
Yes, exactly. So, I knew, at that time, when I was eight, I wanted to be an entertainer and I loved the idea of that and what it meant. And, when I was eight, I saw Indiana Jones for the first time and I loved that character. I’m like, “Wow, that guy was so heroic, “and he kicked ass, and he…
Rule #3. Be Yourself
” I remember, I had great angst every night before I went out because I was not able to be myself.
Ring Announcer: New sensation of the year, Rocky Maivia, Intercontinental Champion, and, yes, I’d …
My very first Wrestlemania, the biggest show of the year, the Superbowl of wrestling.
Ring Announcer: It’s just not all just luck, is it? Well, this is Rocky Maivai…
That night, 20,000 fans started chanting, “Rocky sucks.” And, it was a sobering moment and that was the beginning of the end of my initial run in the WWE. A few weeks later, I tore a tendon in my knee, and I was out for the rest of the summer, and I came to the realization before I went back that it wasn’t me, personally, that they didn’t like, it was that I wasn’t being me.
I wasn’t being real. I wasn’t being authentic. Who is this guy in wrestling who’s smiling when he’s getting beat? A few weeks later, I got a call from the WWE and I spoke to Vince McMahon. He said, “When you come back, “we can continue to shove you down people’s throats, “or we could turn you heel, “because they want to boo you anyway.” I said, “I think it’s a great idea.”
And, I said, “Before we get off the phone, “I have one request.” I said, “When I come back, and we go live, “I just need two minutes, live, “me talking to the audience, live, two minutes, “is all I’m asking.” He said, “Okay, you got it.” Couple of weeks later I came back, we’re on live TV. I grabbed the microphone. Fans were already booing. They started chanting, “Rocky sucks.” In arenas across the country, I heard chants of, “Rock sucks!”
I said, “I may be a lot of things…” Well, Rocky Miavia is a lot of things… “But, sucks isn’t one of them.” But sucks isn’t one of them. In that moment, “The Rock” was born, and about a month later I was the hottest heel in the company, and things were on fire. And, the greatest lesson about that is, be you. Be yourself. Whether it’s in entertainment, whether it’s out in public, whether you’re a celebrity, or not, whatever, the most powerful thing you can be is yourself.
Rule #4. Find The Right Balance
Well, yes, I get up super early. Generally, I have this thing where I like beating the sun up, not just in terms of, before the sun comes up, I have to get up. And, how do I do it? It’s just important to find balance and I try and do things really that I really enjoy doing, and a lot of times, you know, it’s like in life, right.
Life brings like drama and you got to deal with this person and a funky relationship, here, and all these things. You try and just kind of balance them out as best I can. I got a great team around me, by the way, who really, really helps me well, and helps me, allows for me to come in and work 12 hours a day, 14 hours a day, get up at three o’clock in the morning. Send out an Instagram video, where I’m talking to my cardio machine like a crazy maniac. So, yeah, it requires a lot of people around me.
Rule #5. Have An Incredible Work Ethic
Yes, I get up at crazy hours, whether it’s three o’clock in the morning. By the way, when we were talking in London, I was getting up at three because I had to be on set by four, I’m sorry, by seven. So, whatever time my call-time is, and I tell this to studios and directors and our producers, whatever time my call-time.
So, my call-time is at seven, then you back your clock up four hours and then that’s when I get up and train twice. I’ll get my cardio in and breakfast and then I’ll go hit the weights. Clanging and banging, we call it. Jacking the iron.
But, what time do you go to bed? I mean, you might shoot really late at night.
I’m averaging, on a movie, I’ll average probably about five hours of sleep.
Rule #6. Follow Your Heart
I found that with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone. You’re not the first to go through it. You’re not going to be the last to go through it. And oftentimes, it happens. You just, you feel like you’re alone, and you feel like it’s only you, and you’re in your bubble, and I wish I had someone, at that time, who could just pull me aside and hang. “It’s going to be okay. “It’ll be okay.”
So, I wish I knew that. Just got to remember, hold on to that fundamental quality of faith. Have faith that on the other side of your pain is something good. After about a month and a half of staying in that little apartment and cleaning, I got a phone call from the Head Coach of the team who cut me, the Head Coach of the Calgary Stampeders. He called me and he said, “Hey, I know we cut you, “but I’d like you to come back.”
I said, “Okay, I appreciate that Coach. “Thank you very much. “I’ll think about it.” He said, “Okay, great.” I hung up the phone, and my dad said, “You’re going to do it, right?” I said, “No, I don’t think so, “and I think I’m done with that.” And he goes, “What?” I said, “My gut tells me I’m done.”
He said, “What are you going to do?” I took a deep breath, I said, “I’d like to get into the business.” He said, “What business?” I said, “The wrestling business.” He says, “You are throwing it all away. “It is the worst mistake you’ll ever make.” He said, “You’re ruining your career.” I said, “Maybe I’ll be no good. “But, I feel like, in my heart, I have to do this, “and I either need you “to train me, or need you to not train me.” My dad rose to the occasion. He said, “I’ll train you.” And, it wound up being one of the greatest chapters in my life.
Rule #7. Work On Yourself
The goal, this is my 10th year of acting. The goal is always to work in, and I started in the action genre.
I love action. And, I love kicking ass. But, the goal is to become a better actor. And so, for me, in order for me to do that, I had to work in all different genres.
I wanted to explore family movies, comedies, action-comedies, family-comedies, mixed drama, into as well. So, that was important to me was just to get better.
Rule #8. Swing Away
I knew I wanted to be something and it was important to me to be something. It was important to me that I didn’t fail. But, by the way, if I did fail, at least, what was also important, was a lesson, and I didn’t realize that until I got older.
Because, you know, when you’re in it, and you’re in the grind, you don’t really recognize those things when you’re younger, but I could recognize them now and the importance of them now. And, just in terms of the drive and the determination, a lot of it was experience, too. You get your ass kicked, you get back up, and you put the gloves back on and you swing away.
Rule #9. See The Potential In Others
When I was 16-years old, that was the last time that I was arrested, and, at that time, we were at an all time low, I think, with our family, and, at that time, we were living in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and, I am already a pretty big boy, six-foot-four, 200 and maybe 20-25 pounds. I had a very bad mustache. I had a chip on my shoulder. Fresh into this high school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Freedom High School.
I wanted to use the bathroom, but I didn’t want to use the regular boy’s bathroom because the boy’s bathroom smelled like smoke and all the other fun stuff that boys’ bathrooms smell like. So, I go into the teacher’s lounge and a teacher comes in. His name is Jody Cwik, tough guy. He says, “Hey, you can’t be in here.” I kind of pause, look over my shoulder, “Okay, I’ll leave when I’m done,” and I continued to wash my hands.
I slowly dry my hands and I walked by him and I kind of just looked at him. I walked by. He looked at me, didn’t say a word, but he was fuming. I went home that night and I felt bad. I just felt bad. Very next day, I found him, and I went to see him in his class and I said, “I just want to apologize for how I acted yesterday, “and I’m sorry,” and I stuck my hand out. And he looked at my hand, and looked at me, looked at my hand again, and he shook my hand.
I’ll never forget that shake. He wouldn’t let it go. He said, “I want you to do something for me.” “Yes.” “I want you to come out and play football for me.” I said, “Okay.” I said, “All right.” “Have your word?” “Yep, sure, you got my word.” I didn’t think much of it.
I thought, okay, yeah, play some football, like playing football, sure. It’s cool. And I went out and I played football for Jody Cwik and he was our Head Football Coach, and he became a father figure to me and a mentor. I fell in love with the game of football. My grades got better, and I started getting recruited from every college across the country. College coaches would come in, he would say, “There he is, Dwayne Johnson. “Six-four, 250. “Plays both sides of the ball. “Very aggressive.”
My thought process started to change. That’s when I started thinking about goals and what I wanted to accomplish, and I love that man. I’ll never forget the impact that he had in my life. And the reminder and my takeaway, from that amazing relationship that I had was the empathy that he had for a punk kid who treated him so rudely and disrespectfully. He looked past that BS and said, “I believe in you, and I want to turn you around.”
Oftentimes, when I see kids and they have been labeled, “Oh, they’re punk kids.” True, but there’s good in them, and we got to see that potential. And, I enjoy that today, seeing potential in kids just like he did, especially kids who are kind of wayward and have been going through it. I know what it’s like. So, thank you Jody. Thank you buddy.
Rule #10. Have Fun
I love April Fools’, but the thing about it is I love doing… But, my April Fools’ runs the entire year.
Jimmy: I see, yes, something similar.
Yeah, it’s because like April Fools’, everyone’s expecting it. So, this past, around Christmas-time, we’re getting ready to make a big announcement for a movie and I called my agent. I was overseas, and I called my agent, Brad Slater, I woke him up in the middle of the night, and I was like, “Hey man, I got to talk to you.”
He’s like, “What’s going on? What’s wrong?” I said, “I don’t know how it happened, “but my cousin,” who was on tour with us, I said, “just got busted with prostitutes “and my name is attached to it now, “and it’s all getting ready to hit the press.” He started freaking out. I was like, “Brad, are you okay?”
He was getting emotional, “Oh my God, what are we going to do? “Okay, hold on,” he goes, “I’m going to be calm in the pocket. “I’m thinking about this, hold on.” And, I was like, “I don’t know what to do. “I think there’s multiple prostitutes with this thing. “There’s a whole ring over here. “It’s unbelievable.” Had him going, and going, and going, and, finally, I was like, “Oh, Brad, Brad, Brad.” He’s like, “What?” I was like, “December Fool!”
Jimmy: Absolutely, ridiculous.
It’s ridiculous, and that’s the thing. I owe him, like, December Fool. You got to say it like that, and there was a long pause.
Thank you so much for watching. I made this video because David Uyan asked me to. So, if there’s a favorite entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, leave it in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do.
I’d also love to know which of “The Rock’s” top ten tips meant the most to you, is going to have the biggest impact on your life and business. Leave it in the comments and we’ll join the discussion.
Thank you so much for watching. Continue to believe and I’ll see you soon.