One of the most inspiring stories of our time is that of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. From troubled delinquent to college football player, then pro wrestler turned media superstar and clothing ambassador. The Rock personifies the American dream of perpetual self-improvement, tirelessly chasing a better life than the one he inherited (Shawn Perine, “School of the Rock”, Muscle and Fitness, December 2015, p.87-101).

It’s not The Rock’s success I admire, but his character. He frequently posts compliments of other actors and business people on his social media accounts, is quick to speak and snap with fans, and seems to always have a dozen new projects on the go. He is encouraging, kind, and industrious.

Now, of course, this may just be his persona. He may be very different in person. But I don’t think so. Our world is quick to point out a phony, and the mass consensus is that Dwayne Johnson has made something of himself as a truly great man.


“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

– Psalm 139.14