The Rock Johnson's Eye Opening Speech


one of the keys is remember where you came from keep that in the front of

your mind and when  goes bad and it

goes sideways a lot of  does you're

getting booed out the  building

or coming through this injury or people

are you writing you off are you guys

gonna make it you know any of

that you got it you got to keep it

in here the and it really has to it

should Drive you

this idea and this notion that you could

be anything you want you can accomplish

anything you want right we hear that

you've heard that from the time we were

little boys you hear that now you're

already incredibly accomplished you can

win an NBA championship MVP of the

league you could become president you

could become governor you can have you

could be in in in in

you could be an entertainment you could

do Charles and you do Shaq you lose that

you could do whatever you want to do you

guys know that the thing that has worked

for me is to remember the hard times so

and I'm sure you guys all have your

processes and again I'm going to tell

you what to work for me so before a big

movie comes out before back in the days

when I was wrestling with WWE a

Wrestlemania match anything big that

would happen I would always take a

moment and I just remind myself all

right I was evicted when I was 14 we

were kicked off the island we couldn't

live in Hawaii and no place to live

a lot of [ __ ] happened then when I moved

to Nashville I was arrested multiple

times by the time I was 16 years old I

got remember that if I were playing on

this team which might you know my skills

are what's that term all the shit's so I

never played but before I lace up before

I get on court before I playing these

big games before I go to the Staples

Center where history says those are

those are historic will Hall Sahara at

the Staples Center I would remember that

and it allows me then to be present in

the moment and understand holy [ __ ]

that's the stuff I have around me right

now this is this [ __ ] that I dreamed of

when I was a kid I am here I played for

University of Miami played great teams

Warren Sapp where Lewis there were my

teammates they were ballin Warren Sapp

was playing tight end that time I was

starting defensive tackle

they moved him over to d-line and he

looked at me he's like yo do I'm gonna

take your spot I said you ain't taking

my [ __ ] spot

he's I'm gonna take your spot we battled

and he took my spot they can imagine how

that [ __ ] with me cuz there goes my

opportunity he went in switch to

defensive tackle lit the world on fire

well what that did it crushed me to

crush my dreams I had a piss-poor senior

year zero production no NFL no combine

invite nothing finally went to the CFL

Calgary Stampeders making $250 a week

Canadian Canadian I had to send that

[ __ ] home to my to my wife at that time

I had no money so I remember that I got

cut from Canada I had 7 bucks in my

pocket and I always tell that story so

now my production company 7 bucks

advertising agency 7 bucks everything is

7 bucks I always remember that what

helps me is to keep the hard times in

the front of my mind because it allows

me to go into these big moments that

I've worked my ass off and you guys have

worked your ass off it allows me to go

into these big moments with a different

perspective what it also does for me and

again this just this is what works for

me like I keep my back excuse my

language my back is up against this

[ __ ] every day it's against this

[ __ ] wall

excuse my language

but it's a begins this [ __ ]

because it's what I believe in and when

my back is against this [ __ ]

then there's nowhere to go but that way

that's it so I feel like this could be

something an ideology mindset that could

help you could if you look at it that

way because you made it already we made

it we're successful boys and we're lucky

boys to be we're at oh you guys made it

everybody in the room nobody's gonna get

evicted anymore

anything you got there's no more money

problems right you got a lot of hands

out now I get a little bit can I get a

little bit right that happens but when

you make it for me I need this I need

this so every day my back is up against

this [ __ ] and this is how I

operate now doesn't mean don't smile

there's me to laugh and joke right happy

I'm happy I'm a happy guy but when it

comes to business and when it comes to

executing what's up against this

and I gotta go that way and I don't give

a [ __ ] who is in front of me they're not

gonna stop me I feel like for me it

feels seamless because you prepared for

so long but it's just like you guys

prepping for a game that's the fun part

that's where it's like [ __ ] is fun and

people are paying their hard-earned

dollars to come see you they're cheering

they're going bananas they're booing the

[ __ ] out of you or on the road it's

that's fun that's what you live for I

mean that's the juice right there the

prep is where the characters made and I

just don't mean the character I play I

mean the [ __ ] the character in here

so for me the prep is getting with the

director getting with the producers

getting with the writers getting with

the getting with so in essence it's like

getting with all your coaches and your

different position coaches and and all

the meetings that you have to have right

so that's the work you put in

the key for me was where does it start

what's the anchor what's the anchor so I

could have all these ambitions and you

guys have all these ambitions which is

great it's important I'll play this role

you'll play that role I'll execute this

thing and it'll come out this summer

you guys will execute this thing during

the summer right what it's time to

really put in a lot more work but the

key with me is just always finding what

the anchor is and the [ __ ] and anchor is

getting up at 4 o'clock in the morning

everyday before anybody else and

grounding my thought process is in the

no one will outwork me no one I love and

I respect you guys

[ __ ] one that worked me

I'll start with this two hands putting

it'll work the anchor for me has always

been the work in terms of the weight

room training so when I first started

wrestling I was six years old rolling on

the mats with my dad my old man a lot of

you guys will know this yeah Rocky


my old man was Rocky Johnson was the

first black WWF tag WWWF at that time

first black WWE tag team champions were

Tony Atlas

back in 1983 my uncle's were wild

Samoans I come from a long line of pro

wrestlers but before the wrestling part

happened I was just in the gym putting

in the work at six years old rolling

around on the mats and finally when I

could touch weights at 13 that's what I

was doing but the weight part for me and

the gym part has has always been has to

be the anchor look at the end of the day

like again that's it's the kind of stuff

that I talked about at top is I have to

hold on to my dad in his pickup truck

came down four o'clock in the morning

pick me up at in whoo in Miami from

Tampa we lived in a little shitty

apartment in Tampa he drove down in his

little pickup truck to Miami to get me

when I was cut from the CFL I was

driving up I 75 I don't know if you guys

are from Florida any of you guys if you

know it's I 75 is like especially down

in Florida Alligator Alley I'll never

forget it's four o'clock in the morning

and I thought well [ __ ] that I leave

home like you guys left home I'm ready

to tackle the world to get after it

achieve my dreams and goals [ __ ]

crushed by 22 23 years old I'm now I got

to move back in with my mom and dad I

played on great teams oh wait a second

this is not supposed to be my future I'm

supposed to be in the NFL right now I'm

supposed to be making a lot of coin and

behind my parents [ __ ] buying me [ __ ]

taking care of my wife but it never

happened so I pulled in my wallet I

thought well let me see how much money I

have I opened it up I had a 5 a 1 and

change I'm not [ __ ] around and I

rounded up to 7 bucks but I thought God

ain't this a [ __ ] I got seven bucks in

my pocket where the [ __ ] do I go now

what'd I do I can't go back to CFL coz I

are you know the point comes where you

hear that voice big runs over like

you're done right so I heard that voice

so as coach was saying man I hold on to

that [ __ ] I'm telling you I keep my back

as Perkins's [ __ ] we laugh we

joke we have a good time press is always

fun to do sometime you got to make it

fun that's another thing he had to do

your best to make press fun who as you

can but my back is still up against this

[ __ ] I do not forget it what

this also helps me do and again it works

for me is at some point you got to be

[ __ ] tired of not being number one

you have to be and you got a [ __ ]

plate angry and I play angry now I'm

cool and calm with my approach and when

I step out on my field which is a set or

you know like there's something you're

always gonna have haters and haters like

well yeah man how many movies you're

gonna make her how much [ __ ] are you

gonna do like you do a lot of [ __ ] I say

yes cuz my ambition of course why not I

could do it yeah I love what I do and

not only that but in what world do we

not work every day it doesn't mean it's

just like you guys in the off season

you got work every [ __ ] day doesn't

end my back is up against this thing you

know and I and I and I started to play

angry by the way and and I still I still

play angry my last match Brock lesner

transition and I realized if I had to be

great at something I wanted to be great

in this world of Hollywood and movie

making and producing and entertainment

I had to commit and like you guys have

to commit obviously you commit to

something commit to the goal so I

quietly retired two years later I

thought what the [ __ ] did I do in my

career cuz my movies were not doing well

I was written off I was like around 2006

2007 I was like goddamn I left I pulled

a Jim Brown I left when I was on top

like number one in the wrestling

business and I left it was a ballsy

gutsy so I'm called it stupid move but I

had to commit and I had to follow it

wasn't my god and at that time I'll

share this with you guys and Will Smith

is my boy and I sat down at that time

with the agency I was with and I said

what do you want to accomplish I said I

want to accomplish the world I want the

world and I want I want Will Smith's

career but and I said and I mean this

respectfully because I know he's here at

this age

see with us I want to do it bigger and


and they looked at me like I had three

[ __ ] heads and they were like mm-hmm

okay but I still stayed focused and I

still had these still put in the hard

work with my two hands and that's it and

that's what it comes down to with you

guys one of the keys is remember where

you came from keep that [ __ ] in the

front of your mind

and when [ __ ] goes bad it goes sideways

a lot of [ __ ] does you're getting booed

out the [ __ ] building or coming

through this injury or people are you

writing you off are you guys gonna
 make it you know any of that

 you got it you got to keep it in

here and it really has to it should

drive you

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