The Rock’s best advice for success

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OCTOBER 30, 2014, 7:03 AM EDT

Dwayne Johnson, profiled in depth in our Best Advice issue, went from poverty to pro wrestling to Hollywood. He’s learned a lot along the way—here are six of his best tips for career success.

He’s not just talking about general fame, though of course he has that (across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, he has a total of nearly 56 million devoted fans, all across the globe). Johnson—you might know him as The Rock—is talking about when he goes to meet with film directors and Hollywood executives to discuss a potential movie or TV project. They know, by now, that he devotes himself to the promotion of every movie he’s in. He takes the marketing work into his own hands, spreading the word to his fans, and insiders say it works wonders at the box office. “They know,” he says, “that I’m very collaborative and have a lot of my own ideas about the character.”

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You can read all about Johnson’s career progression, and his business endeavors, in our profile of him from the new Best Advice issue: How Dwayne Johnson rocked the film industry.

Of course, Johnson wouldn’t be in our Best Advice issue without dispensing some key advice. “I’ve had such a renegade career that I honestly never had anyone in my life give me advice in [an official] way,” he tells Fortune. “It’s what I’ve learned over the years that has pushed me beyond limits.” Still, he was able to come up with a few gems. Here are six pieces of career counsel from The Rock:

1. Basics

“It’s fundamentals: show up, outwork everyone, and rely on my own two hands to get the job done.”

2. Consistency

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.”

3. Audience

“From wrestling in flea markets (making $40 bucks a match) to used car dealerships to barns, to breaking attendance records in every major dome in the U.S., I learned that the most important relationship I will EVER have in business is the relationship I have with my audience. Pay attention to who you do your business for.”

4. Earn it

“My dad [Rocky Johnson] broke color barriers in pro wrestling. The best advice he instilled in me as a kid: ‘Respect is given when it’s earned… so get out there and earn it.’ I still do today.”

5. Be yourself

“The single most powerful thing I can be is to be myself.”

6. There is no secret

“I’m always asked, ‘Whats the secret to success?’ But there are no secrets. Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.”


The Rock vs Sun Ming Ming

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“I’m 6’5 255lbs – just let this visual sink in my friends. Pleasure meeting Sun Ming Ming in CHINA. One of the tallest basketball players of all time. Super cool dude.” #IdStillGoHardInThePaint #Hes7Feet9Inches #WhoAmIKidding #CmonMingMing #LetsGoPlayMiniatureGolf

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Dwayne Johnson vs. Jason Statham in new Fast & Furious 7

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Ahead of the first trailer this Saturday, a new image from Fast & Furious 7 (or Furious 7, as it’s being called Stateside) has arrived online, featuring Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs taking on Jason Statham’s villain Ian Shaw…

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Directed by James Wan, Furious 7 will race into theaters on April 3rd, 2015 with a cast that includes returning players Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, and Lucas Black, along with newcomers Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Ronda Rousey, Tony Jaa, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Brotherton and Djimon Hounsou.


Exclusive Extended Scene from Hercules, Starring Dwayne Johnson

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Paramount’s Hercules will be available on Digital HD tomorrow, October 21, and we’ve got your first look at an extended scene! The Brett Ratner-directed film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 4.

In the action adventure, when a terrifying new enemy threatens the innocent, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) and his fearless team of warriors must lead their army in a battle against overwhelming odds.

Hercules also stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Aksel Hennie and Reece Ritchie.

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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Hercules’ Press Conference in Beijing

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Dwayne Johnson can’t stop smiling at the premiere of his film of Hercules held at the Wanda CBD on Thursday (October 16) in Beijing, China.

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The 42-year-old actor was joined by the movie’s director Brett Ratner and the producer Beau Flynn.

Earlier in the day, the trio attended a press conference to promote the hit action film!

“Every year only 34 movies are allowed into CHINA – the biggest film market in the world outside of the US. Truly an honor to be here and give back the love I’ve received from this amazing countryover the years. #BEIJING #BeautifulCulture #ProudCulture #HERCULESWorldTour,” The Rock tweeted.

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10+ pictures inside of The Rock promoting his movie in China…

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Dwayne Johnson Fan Art

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I want to give a shout to Oskar Ankarudd for sending me the beautiful Dwayne Johnson ‘HERCULES’ graphic. I’m looking to see more awesome artwork from him. Again, thank Oskar! :)

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Dwayne Johnson FORTUNE Magazine photo shoot

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Dwayne Johnson Forturne Mag shoot

“Shooting the cover of FORTUNE magazine, but first a king must always insist to the women..”Tell me how handsome I am” #CorrectAnswerIsVery #LotsOfCheeseOnThatPizza The shit @DanielaKleinputs up with;)”