Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson just posted the ultimate throwback video on social media, and offered up some advice on how to pursue your dreams. In a clip from a 2001 interview with MTV, the 29-year-old then-wrestler can be heard speaking about his aspirations to break into acting, as well as the importance of being able to learn from failure.
"I never mind taking three steps backward, as long as I can take four or five forward and learn from my experiences," says the baby-faced Rock.
"In 2001 there was no “Hollywood blueprint” for a guy like me - a 6’5, 275lb half Samoan/ half Black pro wrestler with absurdly waxed eyebrows (Jesus Christ) with a southern accent," wrote Johnson in the caption. "I was and still am, a walking contradiction who was willing to open my mind like a sponge to learn, put in the hard work, take the big risks and eventually I figured out that the most powerful thing I could ever be to Hollywood and the world - is myself."
Johnson was clearly feeling reflective; this weekend will see him receiving the Generation Icon Award for his contributions to pop culture and entertainment at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards.
"Johnson is an icon on both film and TV who has become one of the most beloved actors of our generation," said MTV's Amy Doyle. "Throughout his career, Johnson has proven to be the ultimate badass - an action star with a flair for comedy, one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time and a true family man. He continues to captivate his audience worldwide and we are thrilled to celebrate him with the Generation Award."
Johnson ended his inspirational Instagram caption with some more advice for people at different stages of their own journeys. "Regardless of the road you’re all on, be YOU and if a blueprint for your goals doesn’t exist - fuck it - create your own," he said, adding: "And for the love of all things cool, dudes please don’t wax your eyebrows like I did."
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