I’ve never met Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and you probably haven’t either. But I bet you’d like to because he seems like a genuinely good dude, based purely on his social media posts and public persona, as well as the way he treats his fans.
I’m clearly not alone in admiration for the college football player turned wrestler turned Hollywood superstar because he was recently honored as the People’s Champion at the 2021 People’s Choice Awards. And then he showed everyone exactly why he’s so deserving of it.
Jeffrey “You Did It!” Bezos, the CEO of Amazon and one of the richest men who has ever lived, presented The Rock with the award.
“His achievements are legend. His work ethic is unparalleled. He transcends all demographics. He is impossible not to like and he can sure put down a lot of pancakes,” surprise presenter Bezos said. “But even with all that, the thing that really stands out the most? He’s kind. … You see, kindness is a choice. And what I admire most in Dwayne is his choice to show unwavering kindness to everyone around him.”
When he got on stage to accept the award, The Rock thanked “his drinking buddy” Bezos, then told a story about spending some time with “people’s champ, boxing legend Muhammed Ali, at a Make-a-Wish Foundation even before using his platform to honor someone else: a Make-a-Wish recipient in the crowd.
“I met her earlier. I told her how inspired I was by her story. She is a survivor. She has fought literally for her life,” he said. “She has inspired her family, her friends, now you guys here, now the world that is watching.”
The teen walked up to the stage, shocked by The Rock’s gesture. “I didn’t expect it at all,” she said. “This is crazy. Thank you so much to you and to Make-a-Wish.”
That wasn’t all. The Rock also handed her the award he’d just received, telling her it was because “you represent everything that it means to be a people’s champion.”
The actor closed with one last lesson he’d learned from Muhammed Ali: “Service to others is the rent you pay for the room you have here on earth,” adding, “it’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.”