The Rock on motivation and work

I have been a fan of Dwayne ‘the rock’ Johnson since his wrestling days. Hardly did i miss any of his performances together with other childhood WWE superstars such as Stone cold steve Austin, Mankind, Triple H, The Undertaker etc. The Rock has since moved on to become an accomplished movie actor. This year he was named the highest earning actor in Hollywood. Few people have managed to achieve this in these two fields. I have continued to follow the rock especially on social media where he offers advice and motivation from time to time. One of his main sayings is that you have to put in the work in order to achieve the results and that means outworking your competition. Particularly, he shares some advice on work and motivation which i find important.

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On work space– The Rock says that if you are lucky to have a job that allows for flexible working environment or remote working, make your work space as productive as possible. Find a space that makes you come alive. This could be your home compound, a certain location in your house, a public workspace or anywhere that you feel comfortable.  The good thing with unconventional workspaces is that you can do what you want when you get tired: like take a nap, play a game on the laptop, play some music or eat something. The key is to ensure you have the discipline to go back to work after the break. In addition, being in such a position instills self-discipline while setting your targets because you don’t have to pretend to be working when the boss is around. Sometimes, such ideal workspaces can make you more productive than the conventional office settings.

On finding your anchor– According to the Rock, your anchor is something that motivates and energises you. It could be something that once you do it, you become more productive and focused. It could be going to the gym, reading something, watching something, eating or even talking to someone. When you find your anchor and use appropriately, it keeps you going and focused. For DJ, it is going to the gym at 4am in the morning. He says that once he hits the gym, he is energised and focused and has the ability to work up to 12-16 hours a day. For him, the gym is his anchor but for someone else it could be something else. If you find it and make it your ritual then it becomes a source of strength that keeps you going.

And finally be so good at something and find a way of earning a livelihood from it. You are more likely to be productive and efficient if your enjoy your work. Be willing to be hardest worker in that one area that you are good at. As he says, there are three things: blood, sweat and respect, the first two you give, the last one you earn. At the end of the day, work is going to occupy a large chunk of our lives, I guess the thing is make it worthy and fun. The information is compiled from Dwayne ‘the rock’ Johnson social media sites. Twitter @therock. instagram- @therock.

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