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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.

The Whole Picture

It’s been three months since I took one of the greatest leaps of faith ever in my life.  I was speaking with a friend of mine a week ago, and she asked me how I felt about leaving a steady, secure career. My response to her was that, although I am doing all I can to survive on the finances that I have, which at times lead to stressful days, I am ecstatic I made the leap. I now have a liberty that money can never buy.

With this liberty, however, comes great responsibility. I’ve been freed from a career that wasn’t fulfilling me any longer, yet that doesn’t mean that I can just sit around doing nothing. I have to work. Correction. I MUST work. I left my career not having any sort of steady income in place, but what I did and do have is my dream.

Dreams don’t pay bills though. Therefore, my only option is work. Work on what I strongly believe is my destiny in life, which is to impact the world. High aspirations, I know, but if we’re reaching for something we can easily grab, is there really joy in that? Sure, when we get something we want, we’re happy. Yet, if it was easy for us to attain, that happiness quickly fades.

What I am referring to is reaching for something everyone and every thing in the world says it’s impossible to attain, YET you. You know deep down inside that what you are reaching for, you will one day get if…

There is an “if.” The “if” is “if you work for it.” Most of us like to believe that once a dream is conceived in our minds, BAM, we get it. Not so. Others like to believe that simply taking a couple of steps after your dream will get it fulfilled. Not quite.

You will encounter detours, obstacles, and rejections. You will cry, question and doubt yourself AND your work. You will want to quit.

These past three months I’ve traveled a bit, nationally and internationally, and have had the privilege to empower over one thousand students. Last week, I was on the news (for something good!) and received some great exposure.  Great things, but that’s not the whole picture. Don’t just look at my successes. Look at my struggles. For my struggles legitimize my success. The whole picture of success includes the valleys, the climb, the falls and the peaks.

You can accomplish your dreams, “IF.” I’ll let one of the greatest motivational speakers, Les Brown explain to you what I mean: (emphasis added)

If you want a thing bad enough to go out and fight for it, to work day and night for it, to give up your time, your peace and sleep for it… if all that you dream and scheme is about it, and life seems useless and worthless without it… if you gladly sweat for it and fret for it and plan for it and lose all your terror of the opposition for it…if you simply go after that thing that you want with all your capacity, strength and sagacity, faith hope and confidence and stern pertinacity…if neither cold, poverty, famine, nor gout, sickness nor pain, of body and brain, can keep you away from the thing that you want…if dogged and grim you beseech and beset it,
with the help of God, YOU WILL GET IT!”

Posted on May 8, 2014 and filed under Blogs.