Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has had an incredible career. He has gone from pretending to hit people on a canvas mat with his elbow to filling cinemas worldwide. While he started as a popular wrestler he successfully transitioned to movies and showed that success comes from hard work. Yet many people work hard so what is the secret to The Rock’s success?
According to him, it is being kind. The famous quote “It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice” is something that Dwayne Johnson has carried with him since his career began. As things started to improve he never lost sight of his audience and simply continued to be nice. He says that this key approach is something that he strives to do every day and finds that once you try, is incredibly easy.
In 2020, Dwayne Johnson became the highest-paid actor in Hollywood for the second year in a row. Johnson earned over $80 million in 2020 with the movie Red Notice, funded by Netflix, a key contributor. His deal with Under Armor is also incredibly high and is what ensures he retains the top spot. Johnson is closely followed by Ryan Reynolds who earned over $70 million between June 2019 and June 2020. He also received a large amount of cash for his role in Red Notice (set to be released in November). Mark Wahlberg makes up the top three of male actors ($58 million) and is closely followed by Scarlett Johanson on $56 million, the highest-earning female actor.
When you look at the movies that Dwayne Johnson makes most are entertaining but in all honesty are not that good. Movies like Rampage are typical action movies but because he features, they gross over $400 million. That movie came out in 2018 and since then his movies are only becoming more successful. His Jumanji movie grossed nearly $1 billion while the 2017 film the Fate of the Furious brought in $1.2 billion dollars. Furious 7 brought in a whopping $1.5 billion.
Clearly, when Dwayne Johnson is in a movie it is guaranteed success. He also recently became the host of a Netflix series where everyday people compete in athletic bouts. His personality and drive are two reasons that so many people enjoy watching Dwayne Johnson on screen. You can actually download an app that allows you to have an alarm that syncs with Dwayne Johnson’s alarm ensuring that you get up at the same time as him. This is a little creepy but shows just how inspired people are by The Rock and how they want to try and copy his approach to life in any way that they can.
Dwayne Johnson says the first step is to simply be nicer to people. This has brought him a lot of success in life and is a way to open doors. He says that he doesn’t have a degree in business from Harvard but his approach is to be nice to people and it unusually leads down a positive road.
When you consider how far Dwyane Johnson has come from his The Rock days, he may be worth listening to. The majority of wrestlers end up with a short career and very little money in the bank. The Rock took advantage of being a star on the show at the right time, having incredible charisma, and being able to deliver in front of the camera.
It will be interesting to see how long he can hold onto the top spot in paid actors but something tells us that he will remain in the top ten for a long time. While the movies he makes will likely never win an oscar, they will always entertain.