“What would the hero of your life’s movie do right now, do that.”
“Unless you’re kind and friendly and warm and loving, you’re not going to enjoy this life, you’re just not.”
“Everyone encounters difficulties. There is no easy road, it does not exist.”
“Oftentimes, people make the mistake of getting stuck. And it is just a tactical mistake.”
– Joe Rogans
Evan: He’s an American Comedian and Sports Color Commentator.
As a fan of comedy, he started his stand up career in 1988 in the Boston Area.
In 2009, he began his podcast called The Joe Rogan Experience.
He’s Joe Rogan and here’s my take on his top ten rules for success.
Rule number three is my personal favorite and make sure to stick around all the way till the end for some special bonus clips.
Also as Joe is talking, if he says something that really, really resonates with you, please leave it in the comments below.
Put quotes around it as well so other people can be inspired as well, enjoy.
Rule #1: Be The Hero Of Your Own Movie
Be the hero of your own movie. If your life was a movie and it started now, forget about whatever financial disasters you’ve had, personal failures, relationship failures, what would the hero of your life’s movie do right now, do that, do those things.
We define ourselves far too often by our past failures. We look at our past and we say, well, that’s me. That’s not you, you are this person right now. You’re the person who’s learned from those failures and you can choose to be the hero of your own movie right now, write down your goals.
“If your life was a movie and it started now, forget about whatever financial disasters you’ve had, personal failures, relationship failures, what would the hero of your life’s movie do right now, do that, do those things.” – Joe Rogans
Write down things you want to improve, write down things you won’t tolerate from yourself, write down things that you’ve done in the past that you never want to see yourself do again and go forth from here as the hero of your own movie. Build momentum, build confidence and momentum with each good decision that you make from here on out.
You can do it, anyone can do it. We live in unique times, we live in one of the rarest times in human history where you can choose almost all of the input that comes your way, whether its the movies that you watch, the books you read, the podcasts you listen to, you can choose to be inspired, do that, do that. And be the hero of your own movie.
Rule #2: Be The Best Version Of Yourself
It’s good to treat other people the way you would like to be treated yourself. It’s like a golden rule and there’s a reason for it. And that reason is that we’re connected in some strange way that we don’t totally understand. And unless you are good to other people around you, unless you’re a kind and friendly and warm and loving, you’re not going to enjoy this life, you’re just not. You’re going to be problems everywhere you go. You’re going to have problems everywhere you go.
You got to figure out a way to enjoy this life. It’s not because of Jesus, it’s not because of Moses. It’s not because of anybody that may or may not have ever existed, it’s because that’s how you fit in better in the world, that’s how you stay positive. And it doesn’t have to be some that written 5,000 years ago on animal skins, that doesn’t have to be the golden rule because it’s old, that’s dumb.
We need to figure out like now, today what is, the best way to live your life, what is. There’s got to be ways you could be putting forth the most positive energy, I mean. We know objectively what’s causing pollution, we know objectively what’s causing birth defects and we’re taking in too much chemicals and not enough vitamins, we know objectively all this stuff, we know how to organize our world and yet we don’t do it.
“Everybody makes their own path through this world but a lot of people don’t follow the path that they really feel pulled to” – Joe Rogans
We know how to organize our health and yet very few people do it, we know all these things. The right path to being a happy, healthy person is to do all the that we already know you’re supposed to do. Take care of your body, take care of your health. Take care of your mind, your stress, meditate, be kind to people, we all know that. I mean, you ask anybody, they know how to get by and to be the most evolved version of you that you can be.
It’s not like a magical checklist. If you talk to people about it and you said, okay, you got a person, you want to improve them. What are the things that you’re going to do to ’em? Okay, well if I was a life coach, the first thing I would say is this guy’s got to get on a diet that makes him healthy.
I don’t mean a diet just to lose weight. I mean just healthy foods in your body, many, many vegetables, vegetables, a lot of good, good quality protein, a lot of water, stop the sodas, stop the bull, start workin’ out your body. And get a better sense of like how this machine feels when it’s moving, it’s flowing better.
There’s less tension in it, your mind feels like relaxed and you enjoy every single moment of the day better. Step one, everybody knows that step, right? What’s step two, be cool to people. Be nice to as many people as you can. Smile at as many people as you can.
Do what you want to do
Have them smile back at you, tip well when you go to restaurants, just do the most you can. Be as nice as you can and just still manage to not have people walk all over you. Just get through this life as nice as you can.
What else, do what you want to do with your life. Don’t be doing something you don’t enjoy. Don’t do something that’s, don’t get locked into a car that you can’t afford and doing something crazy because you need the money, don’t do that. Do what you want to do, do what the is it that you really want to do, ’cause if someone else is doin’ it, you can do it. Everybody makes their own path through this world but a lot of people don’t follow the path that they really feel pulled to, ya know.
Rule #3: Stop Making Excuses
‘Cause for whatever reason they got negative programming. When they were kids, someone told ’em they couldn’t do it or told them to take the shortcut or take the sure route. That’s a sad thing, man, when you talk to dudes, especially like talented dudes and they don’t follow up with what they want to do, ya know. There’s a bunch of people that will say, yeah, well I have a family so it’s all great idea for you to just go out there and go crazy.
I have people to support, you need to listen. Stop sayin’ that, stop sayin’ any of those things. Every single person who has ever done anything worthwhile or exceptional or difficult or extraordinary, anyone, whether it’s great artists or authors or mathematicians or whatever the it is, everyone encounters difficulties, there is no easy road. It does not exist, it is impossible, everyone has issues. If you have time to pursue a hobby, if you have time to do anything in your life, you can better yourself.
“Every single person who has ever done anything worthwhile or exceptional or difficult or extraordinary, anyone, whether it’s great artists or authors or mathematicians or whatever the it is, everyone encounters difficulties, there is no easy road. It does not exist, it is impossible, everyone has issues.” – Joe Rogans
And here’s one way you never better yourself, when you come up with excuses for why other people are successful and you’re not, that is dangerous.When you give yourself an escape. Well, that’s easy for you to say, ya know you do this or do do do do do, trust me. Everybody has a hard road, I wanted to jump out a window several times during my young life. I wanted to jump in front of a train, just end it because it’s just too much pressure, not really. But you know what I’m sayin’, theoretically. We all go through hard times, we all go through depression.
We all go through doubt and moments in your life where it’s really difficult and you’re trying to figure what the your path is going to be, it’s hard as. But Steph and I, we were talking about this before the podcast starts that that is what makes you a person. And those difficult moments are what build your character. Show me a great man who’s the son of a great man. That’s what we were saying, these kids that are born billionaires, you’re, you’re, you’re never going to be a self made person, you have a back up trust for your back up trust for your trust, and you’re man.
Rule #4: Explore Difficult Tasks
I’m fascinated by Marshall Arts, I’m fascinated by comedy. I’m fascinated by many, many different things. I don’t understand when people say they’re bored. Because if I had the time to live 100 lives, I’d be speaking different languages. I’d be living in different countries. I would try a number of different careers. ‘Cause I think there’s a lot of unbelievable fascinating, puzzling, complex things that you could study in this world. But that’s just me and my personality but that’s the personality also that I’ve cultivated over the years of challenges.
Interviewer: Were you like that as a kid too?
Well, I was involved in Marshall Arts very early. And I think that is one of the things that motivated me to explore difficult tasks because through difficult tasks, you learn an incredible amount about yourself. And you, through the fire of competition, you get to understand, you get to understand motivation. You get to understand the resistance that you have inside your mind to doing hard work. You get to understand the rewards of discipline.
Like you don’t truly appreciate relaxation unless you’ve worked hard and that is the ying and the yang of life. And I’ve said this to the point of people getting sick of it but one of the worst decisions a man can make, I can only speak for men, obviously, is to be comfortable.
“Through difficult tasks, you learn an incredible amount about yourself. And you, through the fire of competition, you get to understand, you get to understand motivation.” – Joe Rogan
I don’t think you should try to be comfortable. I think what you should try to do is try to earn comfort. And if you can get a day off where you’ve worked hard and you’ve accomplished goals, that day off would be so sweet. When I work hard and I sit in front of the TV, I enjoy the out of it, I put my feet up. I have a nice drink, I enjoy my free time.
Interviewer: Get one of those chairs that kneads your back or something like that.
I do have one of those.
Interviewer: Do you really?
Those are great.
Interviewer: They’re great, right?
I don’t use it that much though, honestly. I’m more of a workaholic than I should be, probably. If the balance was, I probably should relax more than I do. But I never feel like I earned it. But that’s part of the reason whey when I do feel like I earned it, I can enjoy it. It’s ’cause I am more connected to the idea that I need to accomplish things and it’s not like for anybody else’s benefit other than my own or anybody else’s approval other than my own, I just, when I have a task, whether it’s, like today I’m going to write 1,000 words or 2,000 or whatever the number is.
If I don’t do that, I’m not, I write things down. Like I’ll write down a list of things to get accomplished that day and if I don’t accomplish that, I’ll get sick, like it’ll drive me crazy. If I can’t fill out that list, that drives me nuts. But that’s what led me to be a championship level Marshall Artist, that’s what led me to achieve the, it’s like that, it’s the reinforcement of those goals. Like understanding that you can achieve those goals.
It’s going to be difficult, you’re going to push through the difficulty and then you’re going to understand what difficulty truly is and how much of it is just mental, how much of it is just in your mind. This adversity to difficult task or to struggle and a lot of people have that, they’re scared. They’re scared of complications, they’re scared of failure. Failure’s a big one that people are afraid of but failure is one of the most important things you could ever have as far as like the motivation to do things differently.
One of the reasons why I think that I’m good at friendships and relationships is because I’ve failed at them in the past, One of things that I’m good at, comedy, is because I bombed on stage, One of the reasons why I’m good at work is because I’ve been a worker in the past and I know the feeling of failure, the feeling of shame of being like a weak non motivated, lazy person, it’s a weak feeling. You don’t respect yourself and I have this phrase that I use all the time to people to try to motivate people, I say that, be the hero in your own movie.
“This adversity to difficult task or to struggle and a lot of people have that, they’re scared. They’re scared of complications, they’re scared of failure. Failure’s a big one that people are afraid of but failure is one of the most important things you could ever have as far as like the motivation to do things differently.” – Joe Rogan
Pretend that if your life was a movie and your life started now, what would the hero do? What would the person that you respect do? What would the person that you admire, the person that inspires you, what would they do. Well, do that and if you do that, you slowly build momentum, you like, today I did what I wanted to do.
Today I started a class in Yoga, I did this. I did all these things I was saying I wasn’t going to do. And now I feel momentum and momentum is a very important point in people’s lives, that’s why some folks don’t like to take days off because they feel like they’re losing momentum and they sort of have to restart the wheel up again after a vacation.
Rule #5: Push Forward
And there’s a lot of folks that live life on a cushy cloud of marshmallows and bull and then one day something goes wrong and I mean, that’s why spoiled kids are so sad. Like a spoiled young boy is one of the saddest things ever. A young boy that becomes a man and can’t take care of himself and his dad has to keep on rescuing him.
His dad has to keep on bailing him out of situations and giving him money, I’ve met guys like that. And that is a crippling affliction when they don’t have the character themselves to be able to get by in life. They constantly need someone to help them and bail them out.
“Sometimes we have to pull yourself up and you have to push forward even if you want to stay in bed.” – Joe Rogan
Even as a grown man, I’ve met guys in their 40s that still need help from their parents. I’m like what the, man, you’re never going to get it right. Because somewhere along the line they didn’t face enough of the adversity to realize that there’s sometimes you just got to get up and get done.
That sometimes we have to pull yourself up and you have to push forward even if you want to stay in bed. And if you don’t do and you just calling on your daddy and your daddy keeps rescuing you, you never develop those tools. You never develop that ability to recognize what you’re doing wrong with your life ’cause you’re soft. You got it cushiony, you got a safety net, a safety net for your safety net.
Rule #6: Work Towards Something
If you had a kid, obviously you do have a kid. But say if you had like a 20 year old and he’s just a doper where he wake and bakes and doesn’t get anything done, he’s just always like hangin’ out with his friends and playing video games and he’s just a loser, I wish there was a way you could show someone like that, like I know that you’re getting some comfort and satisfaction out of just laying around, doin’ nothing, eating, getting fat.
But your life would feel better and richer if you had a goal, you chased that goal, you accomplished some things, you would get this boost of confidence. You would get this boost of self esteem. Like whatever it is that you’re into doin’. Maybe you’re into drawing comic books. Maybe you’re into making pottery or sculptures or, but find whatever the that is and pursue that instead of doing nothing, like the people that are doing nothing, those are the real people. Look, doing something might be as simple as that Alex Honnold guy, he just climbs rocks. But he’s world class rock climber.
Man: It’s something, though.
“Your life would feel better and richer if you had a goal, you chased that goal, you accomplished some things, you would get this boost of confidence.” – Joe Rogan
Man: And it’s also a goal of his and he’s also the best at it, right. But those people who smoke pot all day. Those are also the guys who hate on Joe Rogan for being in shape, you know what I’m saying or being disciplined or get on Kevin Hart’s Instagram and hate on, you know what I’m saying? Because they don’t, it’s their own insecurities. I see what you’re saying but I would assume they would get motivated by seeing other people do something with their lives, like that should be motivating not discouraging.
Yeah. But if you grew up with losers and you’re around a bunch of people with attitudes, especially if it’s in your household, I was very lucky that both my mom and my stepdad, they’re not, they are the least hater people I’ve ever met in my life, they are just not haters in any way.
Like if someone’s doing well, they’re always like, wow, look at this guy or like wow, look at her or wow, look at him, there was never any hate in my house. In terms of other people’s success but if you grew up with a dad and your dad’s like, yeah, these, all these assholes, this thinks she’s a bad ass.
“There’s people that look at other people’s success and instead of saying, wow, that guy did a lot of work.” – Joe Rogans
And there’s people that look at other people’s success and instead of saying, wow, that guy did a lot of work. The way, I’m a successful person but the way I look at Kevin Hart, he exhausts me, ya know. Or The Rock, those guys exhaust me. I’m like Jesus Christ, I feel lazy next to those guys. They do so much, like those guys are so overbearingly ambitious but some people, they see that and they compare themselves and they don’t like it so they start getting really and it’s like a natural feeling to try to chip away at that person.
Rule #7: Focus On Improving
And the worst people that you know are the people that don’t have a good self judge, that everything they do is awesome, those never grow anywhere. And that’s a huge issue with comedy. When you run into people who have terrible comedy sets but think they did great.
We would always, Greg Fitzsimmons and I would always talk about that with like open mic-ers. Like there’s people that hear phantom laughs. Like they think they’re doin’ great and they have this delusional self opinion where everything they do is awesome and they don’t know why they’re not successful already. They don’t know why they’re not famous. And those people, I believe, I mean, in some sort of a weird, narcissist way, you could look at this way, that those people are there to teach you.
“The worst people that you know are the people that don’t have a good self judge, that everything they do is awesome, those never grow anywhere.” – Joe Rogan
This is the consequences of not feeling that awful feeling when you fail. I was talkin’ to Burr a couple weeks ago. He did a set at The Comedy Store and I saw part of it. He was killin’ and then I ran into him in the hallway and I go, ah man, main room show was great, right? And he goes, yeah, I up the end though.
I tried to hang in there too long and the last bit bombed. Like he was just, it was rottin’ at him that the last bit, he goes, I hung in there too long. I should’ve got off of that bit before that. But ya know, when I was in there he was killing. But that wasn’t in his mind, the success was not in his mind. It was like okay, whatever that happened at the end, don’t do that again, ya know. But that’s why he’s Bill Burr. That’s why he’s really good.
Rule #8: Don’t Get Stuck In Life
When you’re alone with your thoughts, you get an idea of what your thoughts actually are. If you live your life just acting constantly on the momentum of other people’s expectations, of you wanting to be liked by these other people, you can run into a trap and you set up a life that you didn’t really want, you’re. You’re trapped in this situation where you have a mortgage, you have credit card bills. You got student loans you have to pay.
You have a bunch of going on that you have to continue to feed and all that, and especially if you have a family. And you have to feed them, oh my goodness. Then you’re fully locked in, you can’t take any chances whatsoever and often times, people make the mistake of getting stuck and it is just a tactical mistake just like it would be a mistake if you got stuck in a video game, just like it would be a mistake if you followed a map incorrectly and you got stuck in the woods.
“If you live your life just acting constantly on the momentum of other people’s expectations, of you wanting to be liked by these other people, you can run into a trap and you set up a life that you didn’t really want, you’re.” – Joe Rogan
Your life is certainly some sort of a journey. It’s certainly some sort of journey and we have to all be aware that when we’re making journeys, we’re not going to always make the right steps. And sometimes you have to back up and try again and if you’re in a position where you can’t back up and try again, you’ve trapped yourself. And the system will set out honey pots for people to get trapped in, the system will set out ideas of retirement, the ideas of the golden years, providing you benefits, providing you a healthy work environment, why? Well, because they want people to work for them.
They don’t want people to realize their own dreams and escape and that’s a pain in the ass so you got to hire more people and train them. They want to set it up so that you stick around. Stick around in some sort of an unsatisfying world. It’s up to you to see that video game problem, to see that issue as it comes up on the map. And no, I think this is a right turn. To see all the problems that could potentially lay in front of you and calculate your future.
And also look around all the people that didn’t do it and look at the misery that they’re in and learn that you don’t want to be like them. And then look at the people that have kind of taken chances and navigated their way, what did they do differently than you?, what objectivity do they have that maybe you lack?, what insight into their own mistakes are they willing to delve into that you’re not, that you step back and go, I just don’t want to look at myself that closely? But the person who’s able to look at themselves the closest is going to get the more rational results.
Rule #9: Spend Time In Nature
One of the things that’s causing this funk that people are in is that we’re living our lives, many of us at least in these very unfulfilling ways where you’re going to this office with artificial light and you’re doing something you don’t want to do all day long and then you get home and you’re tired.
And on top of that, you’re eating, you’re eating potato chips and you’re drinking soda. And your body is just like what in the is this? We’re supposed to be out in the fields, we’re supposed to be walking up hills, we’re supposed to be looking for animals or gathering vegetables, we’re supposed to be doing all these things that our body’s designed to do. We’re supposed to be in nature and nature is like a medicine, like it literally is a medicine to you.
Like people that go, you don’t have to go hunting. You don’t have to go fishing, just go hike man. Just go hike up to the top of a mountain and look out, ya know, there’s a reward that you get from that is intensely like soul filling. There’s like something about, when I was in Colorado and there was this area of Boulder where you drive up one of these roads and there was this area where you could park and it was this incredible view, man.
And these people just park and just go out there and just look but you get there and you park and you go, ’cause you would see, you’re literally seeing the Continental Divide, these snow capped mountains in July, in July it’s covered in snow ’cause those mountains don’t give a.
Rule #10: Pursue Your Desires
One thing that we are, we’re an animal. But we’re also the next stage of animals where we’re aware of who we are and we contemplate our existence and when you contemplate your existence and you’re an intelligent life form, you should always be seeking to improve. If you’re always seeking to improve, the thing that you look at, like what has brought me the most positive results? So it’s kindness, it’s kindness, it’s friendship.
The connection with human beings on a very positive level where you like build up like a trust and you have warmth and friendship and you route for each other and you share in each other’s bounty and you build together, that, we all know inherently in our heads that kindness is like one of the best gifts you can bestow another human being whether it’s giving them food and they don’t have any or helping them out or hooking them up or doing something to help ’em, just, or being around them and complimenting them, whatever the it is, we know that inherently that feels great.
We know it, we know that that’s the next, we have to figure out how to use our resources together so that we can be like that all the time. I think it’s always about doin’ what you actually want to be doin’ with your life as far as if you have an inner creative expression to get out.
“People think well all you have to do find a career. Yes, all you have to do is find a career. But I guarantee you there’s one out there that you really, really want to do.” – Joe Rogans
There’s a lot of people who just always wanted to be singers and they just for whatever reason, never pursued it. So they just sing around their house and they always wonder what could’ve been if they just tried to be a singer, that’s one form of, that could bum you out.
That’s one form of a road block in your life, the depressed feeling that you didn’t try, that you didn’t try to reach your potential. You didn’t go after what is intriguing to you. We all have almost like a beacon that pulls us in a certain direction, for some people it’s nursing. For some people it’s construction and architecture.
Man: Being a parent for some people.
Joe: Yeah, for some, for us it was stand up. It was really simple and there’s something, the happiness that’s involved in pursuing your inherent desires is unavoidable, I mean, it’s not, it’s unappreciated, it’s under appreciated. People think well all you have to do find a career. Yes, all you have to do is find a career. But I guarantee you there’s one out there that you really, really want to do.
Man: Yeah the key is.
Unless it’s just like, I want to be famous, then you’re an asshole.
Man: Well, that’s what I was going to say.
Evan: Thank you guys so much for watching. I made this video because Cee SayDee asked me to.
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Joe: The idea that we live literally on a gigantic organic space ship, ya know, that’s just too up, it’s too crazy to think. It’s so much easier to think about Tiger Woods and what was Jesse James thinking and it’s so much easier to distract yourself with who wears this dress better in US Magazine, 76% say this girl.
It’s, I think as human beings, we have, we’re in a weird sort of an adolescent stage of evolution and we have these incredible, technical and technological capabilities and this insane ability to communicate with people all over the world and this insane ability to exchange information but we’re still trapped in this monkey body. and we still have these monkey instincts and we work like incredible hours. And if you see kids in school now, they have insane amounts of homework, they’re training you to be a God damn drone, I mean, you work all day in school.
And then you come home and you have hours and hours of homework, three and four hours of homework a night to the point where you’re just accustomed to like doing things you don’t want to do and then you’re going to take that and you’re going to go to college. You’re going to work on it there and eventually you’re going to get a job and that job is going to require hours and hours of your day to the point where you don’t have time to thing about space.
You don’t have time to think about is there some sort of a weird connection between every human being on the planet and every single action that you do. Is life itself really some sort of a gigantic mathematical equation, it’s too bizarre and unrecognizable to the average person.
But those thoughts, there’s no room for those when you have to get up for work in five hours and your baby’s crying and you got to get gas. And there’s all sort of issues that people have that keep them from thinking about the real weird aspects of this life, this life is incredibly bizarre. JBS Haldane said it best, not only is the world stranger than you suppose, it’s stranger than you can suppose, it really is.
When you start getting into like, you start getting into Quantum Physics and the idea of particles and super divisions where they can exist in motion and be still at the same time and then there’s subatomic particles that link in and out of existence and they exist in two different places at the same time, what the is going on? Ya know, it’s too much, it’s too crazy.
In order for you to take care of your mortgage, in order for you to be a good neighbor and chill for the Homeowner’s Association meeting on Tuesday night and gossip with the neighbors about who’s losin’ their house, there’s too many variables. There’s too much things going on that people gravitate towards stupid meaningless because it’s easy to absorb and because it jives well with our monkey instincts, the Large Hadron Collider doesn’t nearly as much weight in the news.
There’s a bunch of, there’s 10,000 scientists that are making black holes. That’s not getting the news, that’s not getting nearly as much attention. We’re so strange that we’re like a movie. We, the whole human race is like a God damn Coen Brothers Movie, there’s a certain amount of programming that the media does especially if you watch stuff like Fox News. There’s a certain amount where they’re sort of conditioning people to think a certain way.
For the most part, it’s what people are interested in. I think, the really deep scary stuff is too daunting for a lot of people. There’s something about people that it’s like, they don’t want to know what’s behind the door. They don’t want to know what’s outside. It’s too scary, they want to control their micro world. And they, that’s why people like having a small group of friends and living in a small community and they like to know their environment. And when you get into really crazy like Quantum Physics and you get into the universe and infinity, the idea of an infinite universe and perhaps not even just one universe but infinite numbers of universes, it’s just too nuts.
It’s too crazy to think that above you literally goes on forever, there is no roof. You step outside your house and there is no, you can make a straight line from your head to a star that’s 14 billion light years away. That’s insane, that’s one of the things that hits you when you do mushrooms, especially if you do a large dose, you start realizing that there’s no ground, there’s no up and no down. You’re like in the middle of this and there’s no edges. It just goes, it goes forever and you’re like, you’re just like right there, you’re right there swimming in this universal soup.