John Cena has been the face of the world’s largest professional wrestling organization, WWE, for over a decade now, yet he says he is still learning from chairman and CEO Vince McMahon on a daily basis about the business they work in and how to build the company.
Cena could not choose a single piece of advice he has received from McMahon that stands out.
The reason? Everything with McMahon is useful in Cena’s perception.
“From Vince McMahon, no one piece of advice because he is filled with advice, like, every single thing,” Cena said on Billboard’s Ballin’ Out podcast (transcription via Pro Wrestling). “He doesn’t just give you Buddhist quotes. It’s his actions. The best protocol with him is to ask ‘why’ because his perception of what we’re all supposed to be doing, like, he’s at the lead of it. He’s at the front of it.”
For Cena, it is all about getting a clearer understanding of how exactly McMahon thinks.
Because the way Cena sees it, the better understanding he has with how McMahon thinks, the better he can take what he excels at and work to fit it well with McMahon’s strengths.
“If I can understand his perception, then maybe I can take my creativity and work with his perception and we can come up with something that is going to be positive. And that not only goes to the abstract art of what we do, but also goes into furthering the business as well. I learn from Vince everyday and it’s just a matter of how he perceives where we’re going and how I can use the tools that I have to fit in that mix.”
McMahon has long been known for his almost obsessive mentality towards work and the business, and Cena was one of the wrestlers that most closely resembled McMahon’s 24/7 proactive mind to bettering and building the company which has been credited for Cena’s longtime success and exposure in the WWE roster.