Unless you have been living under a…ahem, rock, or you are just not that into entertainment, you should know Dwayne Johnson, AKA The Rock. This former-wrestler/A-list Hollywood actor is a walking inspiration for anybody who is striving to reach the top. His, is a true story of underdog achievement.
In a recent interview with The Source magazine, The Rock revealed so much about himself; the challenges and how he became the successful person his is today. From his interview, I have collated a few inspirational facts one can learn, and apply towards their own aspirations.
The best thing that never happened
Before everything we know, even the WWE WrestleMania, Dwayne was an aspiring American Footballer. In fact, he was tipped to be the next best thing since Joe Montana. The Rock was young and eager to deliver, unfortunately on his first try out he had a clash that left him injured. His dream of becoming a great American Footballer was over before it began.
“After the diagnosis, I was given $11 dollars for transport and told ‘goodluck’,” he says. “I had never been more heartbroken”. The Rock still recalls how he didn’t know what to do next because all his life’s preparations had been hinged on that one thing- to become a pro-footballer.
But looking back, he says that football was probably the best thing that never happened to him. “That single incident inspired me to seek answers in other paths. A journey that has led me to where I am today.”
Word of advice from The Rock, “You never know, but that great opportunity you miss, could be the best thing that never happened to you.”
Last year, The Rock was named the highest earning Hollywood actor, after raking in £64.5 million between June 2015 and June 2016. He is known for movies such as The Fast and Furious franchise, as well as his running TV show with the HBO network, Ballers.
How it all began
The Rock is part Samoan and Canadian. Samoans are big on family; so, after the untimely death of his pro-football career, he turned to the “family business”, professional wrestling. In fact, The Rock is a third-generation wrestler, given that his father and grandfather were professional wrestlers, as were his uncles and cousins. Dwayne Snr. used his connections to get The Rock a place in Wrestlemania.
The First WrestleMania
The Rock’s big break came when he was given a slot in WrestleMania.
“I’ve never told anybody this, but I was very nervous that night.” The Rock said, several years later when he revisited the ring venue in Chicago. “But I decided to Bring It, and that night, the Bring It slogan was born.” This is his ruling mantra till this day.
Soon after, The Rock got a contract to play the lead role in the hit 2002 movie, Scorpion King. He was paid $5.5 million, a record amount at the time for an actor in a debut role. Since then, he has become a sought-after Hollywood A-lister.
When asked how he does it, The Rock attributes two things. “Hard work, lots of it. And determination- never give up. When in doubt, always remember to, bring it!”