Dwayne Johnson on becoming the highest paid actor: 'Greatness is never achieved alone'

'Receiving news like this will always serve as my anchoring reminder to continue to work even harder,' the actor said.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson becomes the highest paid actor Frazer Harrison/Getty

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has another accolade to add to his growing list of achievements. The Furious 7 actor was declared the world's highest paid actor and is ranked 19th on Forbes Celebrity 100.

Johnson has brought in a total of $64.5m (£49m) earnings since his debut in The Mummy Returns in 2001. The former WWE star took to Instagram to celebrate his achievement. He wrote, "The wolf is always scratchin' at the door" was the first thing I said when we found out from @forbes I was officially the world's highest paid actor. Well, actually the first thing I said was "Aw shit!", then I said the wolf part."

The actor continued, "Receiving news like this will always serve as my anchoring reminder to continue to work even harder. We not only want to "embrace the grind", but take the grind to new levels. I learned a few invaluable lessons a long time ago that can help all of you guys out there succeed at whatever it is you're doing."

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The 44-year-old actor then spoke about his humble background and shared, "Greatness is never achieved alone. Surround yourself with hungry, brilliant individuals who not only buy into your philosophy, but who are all willing to work just as hard as you. Power of teamwork."

"And don't ever forget where you came from. I was evicted at 14yrs old and completely broke by 23. Every day I wake up as if that eviction notice is right around the corner waiting for me.. which is why I always say, "the wolf is always scratchin' at the door". He's scratchin' cause he's hungry and never satisfied," he added.

The Central Intelligence star concluded the post by saying, "We embrace and respect our past (even if it was f****d up), but we never let it define our future. Let's stay hungry and chase that greatness. I will now jump in my pick up truck, go to work and figure out whether or not I need psychiatric therapy for this damn wolf that's become my best friend."

The actor's upcoming movies include Fast and Furious 8, Baywatch and Shazam!.

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