Dwayne Johnson is the biggest movie star in the world. But with that success comes a near-constant pressure to perform and make the right decisions. His nearly three decades in the public eye have helped him manage that stress and still make the most informed choice.
Dwayne Johnson opened up with Vanity Fair about his life and personal philosophy. When the topic of stress came up, Johnson said he focuses on what he can control — his reactions.
I think the most important thing to remember when you’re dealing with extreme pressure, for me, is to stay calm. And — it’s in the calmness amidst the calamity that you’re going through, that you try to gain your clarity, and gain your focus, because it helps you make that decision. And I also found that I’m in a position these days, where, in a highly stressful situation, there are a lot of people who look to me, and my reactions to something, that will in turn, inform how they respond, and how they react to the stress, or the difficult scenario. So I try to keep those things in mind, try to remain calm, and make the best decision possible.Dwayne Johsnon, Vanity Fair
The former wrestler said his life is full of distractions. It’s hard to find the time to be alone and think. Johnson loves the times when he can get away from that life and enjoy the quiet.
“I feel at peace when I’m somewhat isolated,” he told the magazine. “And what I mean by that is, my family, is with me, of course, um… or sometimes they’re not, but I’m at peace when I’m really surrounded by nothing but Mother Nature and there’s no one else around. That’s where I feel at peace.”
Dwayne Johnson Researched Running for President
A few years ago, it became something of a meme that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson should run for president. He’s charismatic and charming and most politicians don’t offer much more than that anyway. He embraced it and played along when interviewers asked him about it.
But in private, he said he spoke with politicians and did a “small amount of research” about the possibility of seeking public office, he told Vanity Fair in a long-ranging interview.
Though, it’s unlikely you’ll see his name on a ballot anytime soon.
“You know, at the end of the day, I don’t know the first thing about politics,” the 49-year-old said. “I don’t know the first thing about policy. I care deeply about our country. (And) I care about every f*cking American who bleeds red, and that’s all of them. And — there’s no delusion here — I may have some decent leadership qualities, but that doesn’t necessarily make me a great presidential candidate. That’s where I am today.”