Do you smelllllllllll what our mcm is cooking .. yes you’ve guessed it our MCM today is none other than Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson a professional wrestler, actor, people magazines sexiest man alive (circa 2016) and above all he is the people’s champ.
In 2013, Forbes listed Johnson No. 25 in the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities and he has been in the top twenty every year since. Which comes as no surprise, as Johnsons strong physical physique and sharp witty mind paired with an undeniably warm charm offence makes him appeal to a multitude of people. Of course, his most obvious acknowledgment would come in the form of Muscle & Fitness naming Johnson their “Man of the Century”.
Some will say Johnson was destined to be a professional wrestler following the legacy and craft of his family (Father: Rocky Johnson, Maternal Grandfather ‘High Chief’ Peter Maivia) both of whom were wrestlers. Furthermore, Johnsons maternal grandmother Lia Maivia was one of wrestling’s few female promoters.
Johnson’s father, who is Canadian is a Black Nova Scotian whilst his mother is of Samoan descent. Many acknowledge his heritage as a huge deciding factor in his strong willed, calm, strong persona.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, Johnson gained mainstream fame in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) from 1996 to 2004 and was the first third-generation wrestler in the company’s history. He returned to WWE part-time from 2011–13 and continues to make sporadic appearances for the company. His persona ‘The Rock’ became a staple to many people’s households in the 90’s which opened the door to many more opportunities within the entertainment industry.
Speaking of opportunities, Johnson’s first leading film role was in The Scorpion King in 2002, for this, he was paid US$5.5 million, a world record for an actor in his first starring role. Since then he has gone on to appear on multiple successfully films such as the fast and furious franchise, Gridiron gang, The game plan, tooth fairy, Central Intelligence and was the voice of Demi God Maui in Disneys 2016 animated film Moana.
I personally believe video interviews where you’re really able to observe his passion and determination to always exceed expectations (even if given to himself) are were he flourishes and so i’ll leave you with three tips to being a champion of life.
- Accept + Appreciate your Uniqueness: As his mother Ata Maivia, is a descendant of Samoan chiefs, & in recognition of his service to the Samoan people; Malietoa Tanumafili bestowed upon Johnson the noble title of Seiuli during his visit there in July 2004. For this cultural acceptance and self understanding, Johnson went on to receive a great honour of being given a partial Samoan pe’a tattoo in 2003.
- Don’t be afraid to let others see authentic sides to you that aren’t stereotypically cool: Moana was released theatrically in the United States on November 23, 2016 to which Johnson voiced wa character and sang a number on the films soundtrack called ‘you’re welcome’, and that we are. It is so encouraging for people to see someone who’s physical strength should intimidate, instead choose to inspire all to break down stereotypes and social norms; instead opting to be a well rounded person of unique character. In fact, in many recent roles Johnson chose to accept; he pokes fun at the idea that someone of his stature is actually a softy/funny and not very serious at all.
- Honour your vessel and it’ll reward you: Johnson is known to take exceptional care of himself, especially his physique. Although I think we take for granted just how much dedication, discipline and training it takes to amass such stature. Looking after his vessel allowed for him to maintain the integrity / authenticity of his internal wellbeing and he has recently proven to be a very wise, socially aware, proactive person whom has teased at the idea of running for president in the future. I’d say prep your seat at the table, because this man intends on cooking up a storm within a legacy of success.
Until next time be good to yourselves, kind to others and above all GROW DAILY.
Written by Karen Sherise