7 lessons I learned from Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson about entrepreneurship and life
I have a confession to make. It’s not a topic that bothers me – in fact, it’s a topic that I suspect a lot of people share. Dwayne Johnson, alongside my dad, occupies the # 1 and # 2 spots on my list of “heroes” in life (though not necessary in that order, dad). I extol Johnson’s virtues to almost anyone who will listen to me, so much so that the eyes of my friends and colleagues often turn murky when I mention him.
My admiration has little to do with Johnson playing larger-than-life heroes on the big screen or the fortune he has earned in his myriad other endeavors. Instead, it is about the character of man and his distinct approach to life. I believe that imitating the best traits of others can give us a roadmap to better living our own lives, and Johnson’s character deserves to be understood and analyzed.
I spent enough time studying every interview he gave that now I like to think that I have started to internalize some of the key lessons about what made him so successful in almost any endeavor. that he pursued. So I finally decided to codify some of his most important lessons to serve as a guide on how I can continue to make better decisions in my life – and how others can too.
1. Contains you multitudes.
Johnson is a great mathematician in a world where specialization is increasingly not only the norm but also expected. According to various media sources, just last year alone, he had the most successful spirits launch in history, was the highest paid actor in Hollywood, collaborated with UnderArmour on their best-selling line and has bought the XFL (among many other things).
Meanwhile, when people hear that you want to work on multiple projects, your second project is given a mocking name like “side-hustle”, and you are seen as a little less serious or dedicated due to your inability to focus on it. a single thing. Johnson is wonderfully reversing this trend, deftly leveraging his success in one industry (struggle) to position him for success in another (actor), which would make him even better positioned to succeed in his other endeavors (tequila, energy drinks, sports clothing, etc).
2. You are not defined by your mistakes.
Today, just one misstep can ruin your future opportunities. Sometimes entrepreneurs are so afraid of doing something wrong that they don’t do anything at all. Decision paralysis ensues.
Johnson struggled early in his life and talks about it often. He destigmatizes failures and bad decisions by recognizing the important role they have played in his personal development. He was reportedly arrested “seven or eight” times. Even as he was finally pulling himself together, more adversity occurred, such as injuries that derailed his football career and left him just $ 7 in his pocket.
And then he spectacularly reversed it. He went on to become one of the biggest stars World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) had ever seen. He had great success in Hollywood. He is building a huge business empire. It goes without saying, but he was not a man who let himself be defined by his worst moment. In fact, he likes to say, “Being drafted into the NFL was the best thing that ever happened to me. In the age of social media where every failure or flaw we have is grabbed by those looking to trip you up, Johnson is a shining example that these missteps will only derail you if you let them.
3. You don’t have to hide your emotions, fears, and insecurities.
At a reported weight of 6’5 “and 260 pounds, Johnson makes an intimidating figure. When you search for the definition of” towering, “you half expect to see a photo of his grinning face. That’s why that is. so disarming when he talks about his own struggles with depression and anxiety.
It’s not just the very visible mistakes he made when he was young. As he said on stage at Oprah’s Vision 2020 talk, his first request for professional help was in 2008, during her divorce. Many would think Johnson has it all, but he recognizes his own emotional struggles.
Entrepreneurs are under enormous pressure to perform and be confident leaders. Although showing vulnerability is increasingly accepted, most leaders still find it difficult to do so, fearing that it may signal weakness and undermine the trust their team has placed in them. If Johnson can use his sanity and emotional challenges as a strength, so can you.
4. You can be a “nice guy” and move on.
The only thing you read over and over again is how genuinely nice Johnson is. Some wonder if this is an act, but there are many testimonials that he is a good person. This doesn’t mean to be a cinch, but it powerfully contradicts the old belief that only uncompromising, emotionless robots are capable of making the tough decisions necessary for business success.
In fact, it suggests that if you behave with empathy and care, you to augment your chances of success. Your investors, your team and your partners will be all the more invested in the company.
5. You have to be the hardest worker in the room, and you have to do it over a long period of time.
Johnson says hard and constant work is one of the main reasons for his success. A lot of people can work hard for a short time. Few people can do this sustainably over a long period of time. To achieve this, you need to have a deep internal motivation that keeps you going and not rely on externalities like money or fame to motivate you.
It’s a simple concept, and one that Johnson apparently embodies in all dimensions of his life. He believes in being awake when it’s still dark, so he knows he had his first workout before the others even woke up.
6. You have to remember that it is your back against the wall.
At the end of the day, it’s all about ownership. To quote Johnson in his speech to the Los Angeles Lakers, “your back is against this … every day.” No matter how successful he is, he wakes up every day feeling like his back is against the wall. If you really want to be successful, this is the mindset you need to adopt to push yourself further and stronger.
7. You need to make time for your family, friends and loved ones.
While Johnson works as hard as anyone, he is disciplined in finding time for his family. In pursuit of the many aspirations that we all inevitably have, it is easy for our relationships with family and friends to suffer. We invest in every other part of our life, but assume that the family will always be available. The one thing Johnson seems more devoted to than his routines are his wife and daughters.