Dwayne Johnson Doesn’t Use a Dishwasher Because of His 1st Job

Dwayne Johnson is a lot of things: an actor, former pro wrestler, and an insanely popular celebrity on social media. He’s also an extremely hard worker. Beyond just being a movie star, Johnson is also known for his ridiculous fitness regimen and busy schedule as a film star and producer. 

Johnson’s work ethic was forged early in life, where he worked hard at just about every job he had. One of his earliest jobs left him with a hard-working habit he carries to this day. Let’s take a closer look at why Johnson still doesn’t use a dishwasher today because of his first job. 

Dwayne Johnson’s first job was somewhat surprising

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If you took a stab at guessing Johnson’s first job, you may go with something like, “football player” or “gym employee.” That’s not quite right, however. Before Johnson was playing under the bright lights at the University of Miami or wrestling WWE superstars like Stone Cold Steve Austin or the Undertaker, he had a much more humble way to earn a living. He was a dishwasher. 

According to Parade, Johnson had his first job in his native homeland of Hawaii. He was 13 years old and he earned a paltry $3.45 an hour. Of course, he earns many times that now, but we all have to start somewhere. 

Johnson may make much more money now, but that doesn’t mean he’s shredded all elements of his first job. There’s one aspect of it that has stuck with him to this day, and it may surprise you. 

Dwayne Johnson’s stance on dishwashing

Johnson sat down with Jungle Cruise co-star Emily Blunt to answer questions for WIRED. One of the questions involved what his first job was. Johnson replied with not only his job, but the everlasting habit it instilled in him to this day: 

“My legit first job I was 13 years old and I worked in a pizza shop and washed dishes….I only, as a matter of fact…I don’t use a dishwasher…I hand wash everything.” 

It’s funny to think of this large, musclebound man wearing an apron huddled over a kitchen sink scrubbing grime off a plate, but Johnson claims that his dishwashing role stuck with him. It’s a hallmark of a career spanning multiple industries characterized by one common thread: a willingness to roll up his sleeves to work hard and get things done. 

How Dwayne Johnson’s humble beginnings set him up for greatness

Johnson’s entire career has been defined by hard work. It should come as no surprise that starting off as a dishwasher would lead to future success. 

According to Biography, Johnson was born in 1972 in Hawaii. He was the son of a professional wrestler named Rocky Johnson. He had anything but a clear path to stardom. Before his wrestling career began, he tried to make a go of it at football. He played for one of the top programs in the nation at the time: the University of Miami. Johnson showed plenty of potential before injuries ultimately kept him from advancing beyond the collegiate level. 

Johnson then transitioned to a world he was familiar with: professional wrestling. Starting out on the independent scene, he quickly drew the attention of WWE and got a chance to perform there. It took him a while to gain popularity, but Johnson’s in-ring ability was always clear. Eventually, he took the wrestling world by storm as the character of “The Rock.” 

From there, Johnson parlayed his wrestling fame into a movie career, where he tirelessly worked to become the biggest star in the world. In short, Johnson’s can-do, positive attitude has been present in every job he’s ever held, from dishwasher to A-List star.  

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