Dwayne Johnson, widely known as The Rock, is a cultural icon and one of the most recognizable faces in the industry. From his beginnings as a professional wrestler in WWE to becoming the most bankable actor in Hollywood, Johnson has always captivated audiences worldwide with his talent, and sheer presence.
The Rock’s successful transition in his acting career and its following success has surely made him even more famous with the audience. It goes without saying that across his multiple successful career lines, the Fast Five star had made a notable amount of money. But it may come as to surprise for many after knowing that the Black Adam star regretted his decision to buy a Rolex watch.
Dwayne Johnson’s Worst Financial Decision Was To Buy A Rolex Watch
In an interview with Oprah, Johnson shared a regrettable financial decision he made in his younger years, involving the purchase of a Rolex watch. As a teenager, Dwayne Johnson had envisioned certain things as symbols of success, including owning a Rolex watch. In 1999, when he started earning a decent income, the Central Intelligence star decided to fulfill this childhood dream.
“The first thing I splurged on, when I was a kid, 14 years old, 13, 14 years old. In my mind, what it meant to be successful was a Rolex watch. So there was such a valuable lesson out of this. I thought for years, Oh wait. Every successful man has a Rolex watch that has diamonds in it.”
However, the superstar admits that buying the luxury watch while still living in a rented apartment was a financially imprudent choice.
“So when I finally was making a little bit of money, and this was in 1999. I thought, ‘Okay.’ And this, by the way, I was still living in an apartment, paying monthly rent. But again… I was just renting. Horrible financial decision. This is what not to do. So I thought, ‘This is it. I’m gonna splurge.’ And I went and got myself a Rolex.”
Dwayne Johnson On The Saddening Loss His Rolex Watch In WWE
Adding to the saga of his ill-fated Rolex, the Red Notice star revealed an unfortunate incident that occurred during a WWE live show. While wearing the prized watch, a chaotic brawl broke out in the ring, causing the watch to slip off his hand. In a tense moment, Johnson searched for his fallen Rolex on live television, only to discover later that it had been accidentally damaged when a fellow wrestler fell on it. This unexpected turn of events further reinforced Johnson’s realization that the Rolex purchase had been an unnecessary expense.
“So I finally get my Rolex back, I go backstage and I look at it. I’m heartbroken now, this is my thing! And I go home that night, and I remember immediately thinking, ‘This is a sign, and I don’t need it,’ and it wasn’t right for me at that time. And I never got anything like that again.”
It looks like The Rock learned to spend his money on reasonable products after going through a harsh experience. By openly sharing his story, Johnson not only showcases his own growth and financial maturity but also encouraged others to make informed decisions, avoiding unnecessary splurges.
Source: Vision Tour Visionaries