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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Success: It's Possible! Outwork the Competition

Principle 2: Outwork The Competition

Welcome to Part Two of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Success: It’s Possible blog series. Be sure to read Part one if you haven’t done so.

To recap part one: I recently read an article about Dwayne Johnson that detailed his rise to stardom. What immediately stood out was that Johnson did not allow his failures to derail him from success.

He went from being cut from a semi-professional football team and having to go back home with his tail tucked between his legs to being one of the most recognizable faces on the planet.

I found four success principles that Johnson follows.

Principle One: Do What Successful People Do

Principle Two: Outwork The Competition

What sets Johnson apart? Ask any of his directors, producers or cast mates and they will tell you, it’s his work ethic.

One of his former producers said, “I’ve been in meetings where certain actors’ names come up and there’s a hesitation to cast them, because they don’t ‘work for the movie.’ They’ll show up at the press junket, but they don’t put in the effort after it films. Given the choice of two actors equally right for the part, the studio places the value on someone who will go out and tease the film.”

Johnson is well known for promoting his movies and projects across his social media accounts. With every tweet and Instagram post, he creates an instant buzz for his projects.

It’s his enthusiasm and belief in his projects that sets Johnson apart from other actors. Some entertainers may say they believe in their new movie. Johnson’s actions prove it.

Johnson does what other actors won’t do, and that works in his favor because as the producer said, the studios value the person who will tease (do work) for the film.

When you do what your competition is hesitant to do, you are more likely to come out on top. Even little things you think may not make a difference do.

People value hard work. They also value when you go above and beyond, and place importance to details, even the smallest. That’s what separates the ordinary from extraordinary. 

“If you want to be creative in your company, your career, your life, all it takes is one easy step…the extra one. When you encounter a familiar plan, you just ask one question: What else could we do?” –Dale Dauten

Don’t be afraid to take the extra step because to succeed: you will have to do more than you may want, more than you think you are capable of, and more than your competition.

It is the people who do what others don’t do that reap the rewards those others can only dream and wish for.

There are many people chasing after the same prize. What can you do today that will separate you from others? What chance can you take that others may be afraid to take?

 Success. It's possible. You only have to outwork the competition.


Share with me your what you will do today to outwork the competition and be sure to check out Parts 3 and 4.

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A.C. Cristales is a motivational speaker, leadership consultant, and author.  He has been working with students, educators, parents and youth workers for more than 15 years. 

Posted on November 18, 2014 and filed under Blogs.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson: Success. It's Possible! Just Bring It!

Principle 1: Do What Successful People Do

Picture this scene. You get fired from your job. The bills pile up. No one is hiring.

What do you do?

Imagine your only option being to go back home. You make the call and your parents arrive to help you move back to their place. While in your mom’s car, you reach into your pocket to find all you have is a five-dollar bill.

How do you feel?

Ashamed. Defeated. Embarrassed.

This is not how you pictured your life to turn out. Yet, sometimes things happen that completely change the trajectory of our life.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson found himself in a similar situation. Unable to fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL, he tried his luck in the CFL (Canadian Football League). However, after two months, he was cut from the league. His only option was to fly from Canada to Florida, and call his father to pick him up and bring him home.

Back home, he emptied his pocket and all he had were seven bucks.

To think that someone who only had seven dollars to their name would one day be the top grossing actor of 2013 seems unfathomable. But realize this: success is possible.

Johnson was recently interviewed by Fortune Magazine, and in that article, I found four reasons why he is successful.

When you find yourself in a pit, you only have two options: Stay in and die. Or get out and live.

Johnson didn’t stay down. He got out of his pit, worked hard and succeeded by:

Doing What Successful People Do

When Johnson was fifteen, his family was evicted from their apartment. Seeing his mother crying because she couldn’t afford to pay the rent, gave him a reason to make sure she never experienced that embarrassment again.

Johnson wasn’t a perfect fifteen-year-old kid either. He got into trouble. Yet, his mother’s suffering was a spark that made him decide he would become successful.

So, what did he do? He did what his heroes Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone did. He built his body. Eventually, his transformation and newfound focus led him to a football scholarship to the University of Miami.

Success leaves clues. If you want to succeed, model those who have already succeeded.

There is no need to reinvent the formula. Study what successful people do. Learn their habits. Discover what drives them. After doing so, apply it to your life.

There’s no point in gaining information if you are not going to do anything with it.  Education isn’t merely about learning information and facts. Education is actually derived from a Latin root word that means, “to draw out from within.”  Therefore, education is really about applying what you have learned.

It’s time to execute instead of making excuses.

It’s time to do instead of just wishing.

It’s time to become instead of simply dreaming.

What can you practice from someone you admire that will help you on your journey of success? Share with me in the comments below.

Be sure to check out Part Two of the series, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson: Success. It's Possible!

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A.C. Cristales is a motivational speaker, leadership consultant, and author.  He has been working with students, educators, parents and youth workers for more than 15 years. 

Posted on November 14, 2014 and filed under Blogs.