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John Cena Reveals Vince McMahon Gave Him “Greatest Advice” He’s Ever Received

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John Cena spoke on advice he’d give to young performers and said that the best advice he ever received came from none other than Vince McMahon.

During an appearance on In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast, John Cena was asked what advice he would give to younger actors. The 16-time World Champion admitted that he doesn’t like to give advice, but recalled a time when he was nearly fired during his early days with WWE and said that hard work will bring more opportunities.

“I hate giving advice because everyone’s got to find their own path. But if young performers are concerned, I think a good place to start is great work begets opportunity. You will get another chance. I was not the WWE’s first pick, I was their last pick. And I was going to be fired. But they gave me one chance, and then they gave me one more, and then they gave me a free run on their Saturday show, and then they moved me to Smackdown, and then they moved me to RAW.

“And then more opportunities came, and more opportunities came, and right when I thought ‘man, this is the zenith of all the opportunities’, a whole other door opens up. And the opportunity is ‘you come on in, but you’ve got to start at zero.’ So you’ve got to be brave enough to say ‘okay, good work is going to beget opportunity.’”

John Cena continued, recalling a conversation with a close friend when he believed his failures in the acting world meant he would never be involved in making movies again.

“Because I tried this thing before and failed, and I remember having a conversation, an honest conversation with my friend and confidant, someone I love very much, Dan Baime, in 2009 I think it was. I looked him straight in the eye and said ‘Dan, we’re never doing movies again, are we?’ And he’s my agent and he says ‘no, we’re not.’

“And he was genuine because we work on honesty. We always have. But even in his mind, he was like ‘no we’re not. But we’ll find a way. Don’t worry about it. We’ll find what you love, and we’ll go after what you love.’ We had a very long way of doing things, but here we are over a decade later, and imagine that. I love this all the time, I just needed it taken from me to realize how much I loved it.”

When addressing young performers, John Cena believes that worrying about failures isn’t the best way to go. He then revealed what he believes to be the greatest piece of advice he ever received, and it came directly from WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.

“But I think to young performers, just do the best you can, don’t worry about it. Vince McMahon gave me the best advice I’ve ever been given. ‘Give your all to what you do, promote to the absolute utmost, don’t leave anything on the table, and then move forward.’ If you give it your all, you’ll find a taker. You’ll find what you can do better next time.”

After eighteen years with the management company ICM, John Cena recently signed a new deal and is now represented by WME. His acting career began in 2006 when he played the lead role in the WWE-produced picture, The Marine. From there Cena has carved out a successful career in Hollywood as he has appeared in hit franchises The Fast And The Furious and The Suicide Squad.

Cena recently took his successful role in the latter of those as Peacemaker and turned into a successful HBO series. The sixteen-time champion of the world is slated for a role in Loony Tunes’ upcoming movie, Coyote vs. Acme.

h/t WrestlingInc