5 Things The Rock Teaches Us About Self-Discipline
The Rock is one of the greatest sports and entertainment figures not only of our time but of all time. I personally had the chance to watch him work on an episode of his hit HBO show, Ballers, and it gave me even more admiration for him than I had as just a distant fan of his.
But it isn’t hard to be a fan of The Rock. He is, after all, one of the most disciplined people operating anywhere in Hollywood – or anywhere on the planet, really. He has been able to become the WWE champion multiple times, make numerous movies and television shows, and grow himself into the highest paid actor in the world multiple times. Oh, and he’s done all of this all while being a loving husband, father, and avid social media influencer (who doesn’t love his cheat days where he stuffs 9 pancakes in his face?).
The question for you and me, though, is what can we learn from The Rock about self-discipline that can apply to our own lives so that we can be more successful?
- We can start with nothing and, with a lot of self-discipline, still become wildly successful. The Rock has a famous story where he describes being cut from his professional football team. In the story, he tells us that he only had $7 to his name when this happened and literally nowhere to go – he was out of the country. But he decided to use that $7 and put it into his next dream – of becoming a professional wrestler. So he trained religiously for this new sport and it made him the success he became. For you and I, even if we don’t start with much like The Rock we can use the little that we have and invest it in our dreams – but we have to be wise and disciplined about how we invest what we have so that we can become successful.
- We have to turn ourselves up 10x. Somebody once asked The Rock what is the difference between him offstage versus when he is entertaining a live crowd. He said, “The Rock persona is the real me times 10.” In other words, what The Rock is teaching us here is that he has to have the self-discipline to turn himself on and off at anytime to be successful- he has to increase his energy, his personality, his excitement, and his performance on-demand to be the person we have all come to love. For you and me, we also have to use self-discipline to consistently increase our ability to perform (even if we don’t feel like it) so that we can become the greatest versions of ourselves just like The Rock.
- We have to be relentlessly committed to a routine. The Rock gets up every morning at 4 am and immediately works out. And he works out hard. Not only does he enjoy doing this, but he employs discipline of getting up early no matter where he is – even if he is shooting a movie that same day – as a way to get into peak shape. His being in peak shape, in turn, influences his ability to get cast in action hero roles and be the role model of excellence that he is. Likewise for us, if we want to be successful we can commit to a relentless routine (in various areas of our lives) no matter what is going on around us.
- We have to develop the mental focus of being the best. Even though The Rock is a genetic freak of nature, he also has the mindset of a freak of nature. That is, he has disciplined himself into thinking that he will be the best at whatever he is doing – and his actions soon follow this line of thinking. For us, we have to discipline ourselves into having the mental focus and toughness we will need to be the best so that we can succeed in our lives.
- We can’t give up even an inch once we’re on top. The interesting thing about The Rock is that he doesn’t give up his self-discipline. Ever. In fact, he works harder today than he ever has before – even though he is rich, famous, and has already achieved his heart’s desires. Likewise for us, we will have to stay self-disciplined if we want to stay in the place where our discipline brought us – namely, on top.
The Top 5 Life Lessons of Reese Witherspoon
The Top 5 Life Lessons of Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood. She is the recipient of an Oscar, Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, and many other awards. And she is an outspoken activist and big-time producer.
Reese was raised in the South and made her breakthrough debut in the smash teen-hit Cruel Intentions and has since then acted in many other beloved hits like Big Little Lies and Little Fires Everywhere.
Given all of her success, what can you and I learn from her so that we can be more successful in our own lives?
- To be successful like Reese Witherspoon, we should leave our comfort zones. Reese strongly believes that we need to step outside of the familiar, easy, and comfortable in order to stretch ourselves to be more and do more. If we don’t, we will never know if we can truly fly like eagles.
- To be successful like Reese Witherspoon, we should connect with other talented people. The quality of the people around us are more responsible for our success or failure than we might realize. Reese feels her ability to befriend and develop deep working relationships with the best people she can find has helped her not only reach her dreams but exceed them. We should do the same.
- To be successful like Reese Witherspoon, we should be prepared. Although this might seem like a given, it is often very surprising how infrequently people are prepared for meetings or getting the job done. In my own experience in Hollywood, for example, I’ve found that many people are not prepared and it has led to unnecessary inefficiencies and obstacles that could have been avoided had everyone been ready. This is why Reese believes we should do our research so we can hit the ground running on Day 1.
- To be successful like Reese Witherspoon, we should think creatively. Reese feels that just because things have always been done a certain way doesn’t mean they have to continue to be done that way. Instead, new ideas or approaches can be pitched and experimented with to see if they could be better. Too often in life, though, many people like to think inside the box because it is safer – but we should never be like them (we should adopt the mottos of “creativity or bust”).
- To be successful like Reese Witherspoon, we should prove naysayers wrong. Being from the South herself, Reese had a lot of doubters from both her hometown AND Hollywood who questioned whether a country girl could make it in the big city. Nevertheless, she proved their doubts wrong by not only succeeding but succeeding big. You and I can do the same thing. We don’t have to argue with people, we just have to let our work speak for us.
Of course, there are other life lessons from Reese Witherspoon but these are some of my favorites. If we can learn to leave our comfort zones; connect deeply with other talented people; be prepared for every meeting and occasion; think creativity; and prove naysayers wrong we can be well on our way to being more successful like Reese Witherspoon.
The Top 3 Life Lessons From Kobe Bryant
The Top 3 Life Lessons From Kobe Bryant
Growing up, Kobe Bryant was one of my favorite players. I remember hearing about him when he was still in high school, reading his biography (it was the first book I ever read as a kid without being forced to by my mom or teachers), and being so excited for his entering the NBA. He sure didn’t disappoint.
Kobe won 5 NBA championships, multiple MVP awards, an Olympic gold medal, and so many other accolades there is not enough room to list them here. But given his outsized success, what life lessons can you and I learn from the late great Kobe Bryant?
- If we want to win, we must develop the “Mamba Mindset.” The Mamda Mindset is simply taking an assassins approach to winning and reaching our goals. It is a combination of methodical study, practice, and execution day in and day out. It is the belief that we will win no matter what. And it is the commitment to being our best – and to being the best. Kobe exemplified these qualities over his 20 year career with the Los Angeles Lakers and has earned himself tremendous respect as a result. Even in the last days of his career, his younger teammates were in shock and awe about his work ethic, drive, and desire to be on top – all because of his Mamba Mindset.
- If we want to stay on top, we will have to double our efforts once we get there. Kobe Bryant was never one to rest on his laurels. Even when he won championship after championship, he was in the gym growing his skills and adding to his diverse arsenal. And when he retired from basketball, he took this aggressive approach to other fields in his life by winning an Oscar for an animated short film; opening up a venture capital company to invest in high-risk, change the world startups; and setting up his youth sports league, The Mamba Academy, to teach kids about the game of basketball and the game of life. Kobe never stopped pushing and challenging himself and worked twice as hard when he left the NBA as when he was in the NBA. Likewise for us, if we can double down on our focus and commitment once we reach our main personal or professional goals we can continue to win and be successful in the various endeavors we take on in our lives.
- If we want to be immortalized, we must put family first – all the way to the end. It’s not a secret that Kobe was a very loving and caring father, and that he spent an incredible amount of time with his kids. In fact, on his last day he was going to coach his daughter’s basketball team before his helicopter went up in flames. But all the way until the end, Kobe put his daughters before himself (after all, he could have been playing golf or doing something else) but he chose to spend significant quality time with his family which made the outpouring over his sudden and tragic death all the more meaningful. If we want to create a legacy like Kobe, we should put family first so that they know how much we love and care for them too (regardless of the type of success we may have).
Of course, there are other life lessons that Kobe Bryant has taught us all. But for me, these are 3 of the most important. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments about what you think about this and whether there are other life lessons Kobe taught you.
Angelina Jolie’s Top 5 Life Lessons
Angelina Jolie’s Top 5 Life Lessons
Angelina Jolie is one of the most acclaimed and inspiring actresses of all time. Not only is she an Academy Award and Golden Globe winner, but she is a blockbuster talent who has been named Hollywood’s highest paid actress on several occasions.
Movies like Girl, Interrupted, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Maleficent have cemented her name as entertainment royalty, and her ability to transform into various characters underscores her prodigious talent. But even more than this, what sets Angelina apart is her love of people – and her fight for humanitarian causes around the world (which has earned her a commission as the Special Envoy for the United Nations, among many other things).
Given all of her success on and off stage, what life lessons can we learn from Angelina Jolie?
- If we want to be successful like Angelina Jolie, we need to get outside of our bubbles. Angelina admits that she lived a very privileged life (she was after all the daughter of a Hollywood movie star) but it was when she traveled to humanitarian regions that her eyes really opened. She realized that she was called to be more than just a success; she realized she was called to have a purpose bigger than herself (which has led her to adopting several foreign children as well as demanding human rights around the world in war torn and impoverished countries). For you and me, if we want to be a success we should start to look into things outside of the bubbles we were raised in or that we currently inhabit so we can see how we can help other people who need us to bring whatever talent or resources we have to make their lives better.
- If we want to be successful like Angelina Jolie, we should understand we will never meet, date, or work with perfect people. Although it is tempting to think that there are perfect people out there (especially considering how media and social media exalts certain personalities), Angelina believes the reality is that nobody is perfect. And that is completely okay. When we realize others have vulnerabilities (just like we do) we can learn to be more empathetic and compassionate toward them. After all, our world needs less criticism and judgment of individuals and more love and acceptance of them.
- If we want to be successful like Angelina Jolie, we should embrace the fact that critics’ opinions really don’t matter. Angelina has experienced the reality that there are many critics who are constantly putting her down for her looks or acting skills or [insert issue here]. As a consequence, she no longer caters to them or their negativity and just behaves in a way that is most authentic to her. Likewise in our own lives, if we ignore the haters or doubters (even if they are in our family or friendship circles) we can be authentic without jumping through ropes trying to please them.
- If we want to be successful like Angelina Jolie, we should commit to a goal and see what happens. Even though pursuing goals can be scary, Angelina feels that if we commit and follow through with them the outcome won’t matter because at least we will learn and grow in the process. What this means for you and me is that we should throw fear to the wayside when going after our dreams and see what happens – we just might surprise ourselves.
- If we want to be successful like Angelina Jolie, we should be as honest as possible with ourselves. The funny thing is that, as humans, we have a high capacity to lie to ourselves. But Angelina believes we must take deliberate steps to really find out the truth of who we are – both the good and the bad sides of ourselves – so we can magnify the good and minimize the bad as much as possible.
Of course, there are other life lessons Angelina Jolie can teach us but these 5 are perhaps the most important. If we can get outside of our bubbles; understand that we will never interact with perfect people; ignore critics’ opinions; commit to our dreams and see what happens; and be as honest with ourselves as possible we will be on our way to being a success just like Angelina.
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