Dwayne Johnson is the epitome of what it means to become successful. When you think he can’t do more he does.
I’ve been a fan of his for a long time but admire him for the accomplishments he’s achieved. Whether that’s becoming an icon in the WWE or the #1 movie star in the world. You can liken his story to that of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Johnson is self-made, working his way up from poverty. You’ve probably heard his famous quote, “In 1995 I had $7 bucks in my pocket and I knew two things: I’m broke as hell and one day I won’t be.”
Each of us can learn how to become successful from Johnson.
“The single most powerful thing I can be is to be myself.”
In a world with social media, it’s easy to fall victim to trying to be someone we’re not to impress others. This is a recipe for disaster.
Johnson understood that there’s no value in trying to be like anybody else. You can only fake who you are for a certain time until you give way. If you need to impress others or act like someone you’re not to become successful, it will not lead to a healthy life.
You need to realize that you’re not perfect. And when you try to be perfect, you will put yourself under unwanted pressure.
Accept who you are, especially your faults. You will fail in life. The quicker you understand that concept, the quicker you’ll become successful.
We can rely on others for external validation that we don’t realize the happiness we need is already inside ourselves. You can go your entire life looking for happiness when you already have it.
Who cares about what others think of you? Just be you, it will pay dividends. People can tell when you’re not acting like yourself. If people don’t like you for who you are, then there’s no need for them to be in your life.
When you’re starting a business, you should never be in it to make money. You should start a business you enjoy. Don’t be afraid to show the world what you have to offer.
You need to believe in yourself. The majority of people don’t believe in themselves and it holds them back from living the life they were meant to live.
“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.”
Don’t start a business with the idea you will be successful in a few months time. It’s about putting in the necessary work every single day whether you feel like it or not.
People give up because they want it to be easy. They can stay consistent over a month or a few months, but when they don’t see results they give up. Think about all the successful people in the world, do you think they gave up when life got hard?
Johnson knew that to become successful he had to put in consistent effort. That consistent effort compounded over time will lead to your success.
Whatever you think it will take to create a successful business, you will have to work twice as hard as that. There’s a reason that most people don’t start a business.
If you’re starting a business for fame and fortune, it will not last long. It takes 10 years to become an overnight success. Are you ready to put in the work even when everything is going wrong?
If you’ve read the book 3 Feet From Gold, you’ll understand the concept of how close you are to achieving your dreams. Most people give up before their dreams are actualized.
When you put in the work over time, one year or ten years, there will eventually come a time when you achieve your desired success. The goal is to understand that no matter how tough it gets if you continue to put in the work, you’ll become successful.
“Success at anything will always come down to this: focus and effort. And we control both.”
Why do some people with all the talent in the world fail to become successful? Because they are outworked.
My favorite example of putting in the effort besides Johnson is Tom Brady. Being from New England I am biased. He was a sixth-round draft pick who’s become the greatest quarterback to ever play the game. He didn’t have all the talent, what he did have was the effort.
Along with Brady, Johnson knew a key component of success is the effort you are willing to put in.
If you put in 100 hours per week while the other person is putting in 40 hours per week, who do you think will become successful? Not you should kill yourself working 100 hours per week. But to work as long as it takes until you achieve your desired success.
Johnson had some talent. To get to where he is, he put in more effort than anyone else.
He made the transition from the WWE to becoming the top movie star. Do you think that’s ’possible without putting in the effort?
There will be external circumstances that arise when you’re going after your dreams. The only thing you can control is the effort you give.
To give effort means more than when you’re with others. Are you putting in the effort when no one’s watching? Because it’s easy to put in the effort when you’re around others. It’s easy to post pictures on Facebook and Instagram of you putting the hard work in. But what about when the cameras aren’t rolling? That will be a tell-tale sign on whether you become successful or not.
While you can’t control much in this life, you can control your effort.
Developing The Right Habits
“Success isn’t overnight it’s when every day you get a little better than the day before. It all adds up.”
The habits you create in your life will lead you closer or away from success. You might have the habit of watching TV when you come home from work. Or you have the habit of reading for an hour each day.
Your end goal should be to implement more good habits than bad habits in your life.
Johnson knew when you develop the right habits in your life, they’ll eventually lead you to your success.
To develop the right habits in your life isn’t easy, especially if you haven’t started. This doesn’t mean you can’t cultivate the right habits in your life over time.
The right habits consist of doing the work, reading or learning from others, eating healthy, working out and going to bed and waking up at the same each day. Those are a few of the many good habits you should implement your life.
If you want to see the difference between a successful person and an unsuccessful person, ask them about their habits.
We all have habits. Some are good and some are bad. Are you working to minimize your bad habits and increase your good habits?
You shouldn’t try to be a pioneer. There are tons of successful people. Model the habits they had that allowed them to get to where they are.
One way you can create good habits in your life is to reward yourself with something. If you read for an hour reward yourself with a small snack or a quick break. This habit will soon be implemented into your everyday life.
“All successes begin with self-discipline. It starts with you.”
Understand that you have the power to accomplish anything you want. You can live the life you desire but that starts with the self-discipline you create for yourself.
When your friends are going out on a Friday night are you willing to sacrifice and work on your business? When the game’s on, are you willing to read a book that will give you newfound knowledge to implement into your business?
Self-discipline is sticking to what you said you’d do. When you create goals for yourself, will you see them through to the end?
You may believe self-discipline is easy to cultivate. It’s quite the contrary.
It’s easy eating a donut. It takes self-discipline to drink a green smoothie. It’s easy watching TV. It takes self-discipline to continue working on your business.
If everyone had self-discipline, we wouldn’t have as many problems we have in today’s society.
Johnson understood that his success would not depend on anyone else besides himself. He made the necessary sacrifices that led him to where he is today.
When you’re trying to develop self-discipline in your life, you need to get rid of any temptations around you. If you’re focusing on writing a blog post, then you need to shut off your phone and turn off the wifi on your computer. If you’re trying to lose weight, throw out any chocolate you have in your house. It’s easy to develop self-discipline when you get rid of any temptations.
It’s easy to lose your self-discipline if you try to work without taking any breaks. I recommend checking out the Pomodoro app. You can schedule yourself to take a five-minute break every thirty minutes.
Create Your Own Motivation
“I like to use the hard times of the past to motivate me today.”
You can only use external motivation to keep you going for so long. When you use internal motivation to push you, you will continue on when times get tough.
Think back on all the people who doubted you and said you couldn’t do it. There will always be naysayers when you’re chasing success, you should use them as motivation.
Who’s relying on you? Do you have a family or relatives you could help out with your success?
Johnson knew he had to be the person to create his own motivation. He saw the situation he was in and used it as a motivation to keep him going. When he became successful, he didn’t want to go back to the hard times, so he used that as his own motivation.
One of the best ways to create your own motivation is to have a purpose for work. If your purpose is to just make money, it’ll be hard to keep going. If your purpose is to make an impact on the world, it will be easier to keep pushing forward.
Another great way to create motivation is to read on those who became successful. I recommend reading the books: Total Recall and Made In America. Those are the biographies of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Walton. You can use those books to learn how they became successful and use that for motivation in your life.
“Think back 5 years ago. Think of where you’re today. Think ahead 5 years about what you want to accomplish. Be unstoppable.”
How are you supposed to become successful if you don’t where you’re going? When you create a vision for your life you’re creating a pre-destined destination.
The vision you create in your life will lead you to the life you want to live. Not that you will get there without putting in the work either.
Johnson understood that he needed to create a vision for himself to manifest the life he wanted.
When you’re creating a vision in your life, you first must write out the life you want to live.
Write out everything you wish to take place in your life. This includes your deepest desires and crazy ideas. You’re writing your dreams you’ve always wanted to accomplish no matter how big they are. This is giving yourself the permission to dream.
Your vision should come first when you’re going after your dreams. Because your vision will lead you to how far you can go in your life. You can have the vision of writing a book or you can have the vision of becoming a best-selling author.
When you have a clear vision for where you want to go in your life, you can devise a strategy that’ll allow your vision to become actualized.
The vision you have for your life will ultimately determine how far you go and what you’ll accomplish.
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