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The Rock earned $64.5 million last year—here's why he still has side hustles

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson earned $65 million this past year, according to Forbes, enough to make him the second-highest-paid actor of 2017.

The wrestler-turned-actor commands eight figures to appear in films like "Baywatch" and "Jumanji," but Johnson doesn't rely solely on movies to pay the bills.

His most lucrative side project is his role in HBO's "Ballers," which earns him $650,000 per episode. He also runs a small production company and is writing his second memoir.

Johnson, an only child, learned to hustle from an early age. He was evicted from his home in Hawaii at age 14, he tells The Hollywood Reporter: "We were living in an efficiency that cost $120 a week. We come home, and there's a padlock on the door and an eviction notice. My mom starts bawling. She just started crying and breaking down. 'Where are we going to live? What are we going to do?'"

That moment "was the tipping point," he continues. "It was about, 'What can I control with these two hands?' The only thing I could do was train and build my body. The successful men I knew were men who built their bodies."

He did just that, and "rent's due" became his daily mantra to keep him on track, he shares in a recent post on Instagram: "I started saying 'rent's due' to myself when we were evicted when I was 14, as a personal motivator to hit the gym and workout. But what's funny about that is technically there was no actual 'rent due' considering we didn't have a place to live.

"I got lucky along the way, because these days I'm not getting evicted, but I'm still up at 4 a.m. dropping sweat, because the rent's due. It's ALWAYS due."

Johnson's not the only self-made millionaire to rely on multiple streams of income. In fact, that habit is a hallmark of the rich.

As author Thomas C. Corley found in his five-year study of self-made millionaires, "65 percent had at least three streams of income that they created prior to making their first million dollars," such as real-estate rentals, a side hustle or a part-time job.

Johnson, who knows what it's like to be down to his last seven dollars, won't stop hustling no matter how many millions he rakes in. "He's grinding every day," says Alvin Streeter, who has worked as the actor's stand-in for several movies, including "The Fate of the Furious" and "Baywatch."

"There's an intensity when you're working around him and you can see it and feel it in the air. He's going 150 miles an hour every day."

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