5 Unconventional Quotes from Joe Rogan
For some people, Joe Rogan was the “Fear Factor” guy. If you don’t know anything about him, he’s so much more.
I discovered Joe Rogan as the UFC commentator, but he’s also a stand-up comedian, a black belt in both Taekwondo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a conspiracy theorist, and a bow hunter amongst many other things.
A bold character, Joe Rogan launched his own podcast called “The Joe Rogan Experience” in 2009. Since then, it has become one of the most successful podcasts on iTunes with around 16 million downloads each month. The success of his podcast is mainly due to the wide range of topics he covers through multiple guests revolving around his numerous interests, but also because Joe is real. For him, swearing isn’t an issue.
Listening to Joe talk for hours is always a pleasure. That’s I compiled my favorite quotes from Mr. Rogan. Enjoy!
We define ourselves far too often by our past failures
— Onnit (@Onnit) April 18, 2014
This quote reminds me a lot about some of the recent books I’ve read, including Meditation by Marcus Aurelius, and The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday. Those two books relate to the stoicism philosophy, and Joe Rogan is very stoic in his own way. The quote reminds us we should live in the present and make the most out of every day. As a parallel, Ryan Holiday goes as far as saying that the only way to success is failure.
Martial arts is a vehicle for developing your human potential
I think that we could all benefit from MMA training. It relieves stress that gets built up so we don’t just explode on each other in the real world.
Yeah, you also have the option to go to the gym, or take a bike ride if you don’t feel like putting your punch in somebody else’s face… But Joe has a point. Humans have that urge to fight, it’s in us. You might as well do it in a supervised manner. I think MMA can help people to canalize all that extra energy, and release the tension after a long day at work if you need that extra adrenaline rush.
For some of us, running on a treadmill isn’t quite enough. Even if I didn’t stick to it, taking my first MMA lesson was a great experience. You should give it a try!
Be the hero of your own movie
This quote really is the extended version of the first one, but it’s worth noting Joe likes to put everything into perspective. By seeing yourself as the hero of a movie, you’re taking your ego out of the equation (Ego is the enemy, right Ryan Holiday?). It’s important to take to reflect on your own life, and be objective about it. This is why journaling is a great habit. This is why Joe Rogan wants you to write down your goals, and write down things you won’t tolerate from yourself. Often, our failures and challenges we’re facing are a matter of perception, and using the third person to reflect on the events that are happening in your life will help you with answering to those challenges in a more positive, objective way.
We are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship
If you ever start taking things too seriously, just remember that we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe. As silly as this may sound, the point Joe is making is that we’re blessed. Stop overthinking your life. You have a life. This is your blessing. You are a conscious human being. Go do something. Stop being paralyzed by your own thoughts, creating non existing problems.
Cut out all the bullshit that’s holding you down
Joe has principles he wants you to go by every day: “Be a cool person, be a nice person”.
Life, or “this shit” as he calls it, is temporary, it’s not gonna last. The time is right now. Enjoy this fucking thing.
Find a way to do what you really want to do.