Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has just been named the highest paid actor on Earth by Forbes magazine. On all of the Earth!! That is a big deal.
It's a true Cinderella story, if Cinderella were a 260 pound former professional wrestler. Johnson started his wrestling career in 1996, worked his way up to WWE Superstar by his retirement in 2004 (he came back part time in 2011). Eventually, he ascended to regular superstar status after appearing in many, many blockbuster movies (and his own HBO show). How does he do it all? Mostly by eating pounds and pounds of cod every day.
Somehow, between working on multiple movies, television shows, and video games—as well as making public appearances, raising a family and working out—Johnson found the time to write this very long response to being named the world's highest paid actor.
"The wolf is always scratchin' at the door" was the first thing I said when we found out from @forbes I was officially the world's highest paid actor. Well, actually the first thing I said was "Aw shit!", then I said the wolf part.
Receiving news like this will always serve as my anchoring reminder to continue to work even harder. We not only want to "embrace the grind", but take the grind to new levels.
I learned a few invaluable lessons a long time ago that can help all of you guys out there succeed at whatever it is you're doing.
Greatness is never achieved alone. Surround yourself with hungry, brilliant individuals who not only buy into your philosophy, but who are all willing to work just as hard as you. Power of teamwork.
And don't ever forget where you came from. I was evicted at 14yrs old and completely broke by 23. Every day I wake up as if that eviction notice is right around the corner waiting for me.. which is why I always say, "the wolf is always scratchin' at the door". He's scratchin' cause he's hungry and never satisfied.
We embrace and respect our past (even if it was f*cked up), but we never let it define our future. Let's stay hungry and chase that greatness.
I will now jump in my pick up truck, go to work and figure out whether or not I need psychiatric therapy for this damn wolf that's become my best friend.
Honestly, the dude deserves it. He has been in every action movie with an explosion in it in the last five years, and he doesn't seem like he is slowing down, either. Look at all the projects he has coming up. He is booked until 2019!
Oh, on top of all of this, he also announced he would be interested in running for President one day. Don't laugh. Last time we laughed at someone wanting to be President, we ended up with this: