Conversations, Ideas, Love, Freedom | Joe Rogan on Lex Fridman Podcast

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Key Takeaways

  • Reflecting on death gives one a sense of urgency:
    • “I think having a sense of urgency is very beneficial and understanding that your time is limited can aid you greatly”Joe Rogan 
  •  Whoever wins the election, people will not be happy:
    • “I think if Trump wins, people are going to be furious and I think if Biden wins, people are going to be furious”Joe Rogan
  • Podcasting is a skill, it’s not just talking. You have to learn how to learn attentively, be genuinely curious, and have good follow-up questions. It’s like a dance. The host and guest need to work together. 
    • “When I listen to a good podcast, I feel like I’m in the room”Joe Rogan
  • Joe learned a lot about creativity and gathering ideas from reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
    • “If you show up and put in the time and focus your energy on that, the ideas they will arrive”Joe Rogan
  • To create, you must be humble and stop thinking about yourself:
    • “It requires a humility and requires a detachment from self in order to create” – Joe Rogan
  • Joe believes there are multiple meanings to life:
    • “First of all, it requires love. You have to have loved ones, you have to have family, you have to have friends, you have to have people that care about you and you have to care about them.” Joe Rogan
      • “Then it also requires interests. There have to be things that stimulate you.”

Intro

  • Joe Rogan (@joerogan) is a stand-up comedian, mixed martial arts (MMA) color commentator, and host of The Joe Rogan Experience (check out the Podcast Notes) 
  • Host: Lex Fridman (@lexfridman)

Books Mentioned

Mortality, Death, & Chaos

  • At 53, Joe says he’ll be lucky to live another 50 years
  • Reflecting on death gives one a sense of urgency:
    • “I think having a sense of urgency is very beneficial and understanding that your time is limited can aid you greatly”Joe Rogan
  • Life is precious because it’s so short:
    • “I think one of the things that makes life so interesting and fascinating is that it doesn’t last” – Joe Rogan
  • It’s stunning how fragile life and society is and how one pandemic can almost ruin civilization
    • “Everyone feels so tense already and everyone feels so helpless” – Joe Rogan
  • Whoever wins the election, people will not be happy:
    • “I think if Trump wins, people are going to be furious and I think if Biden wins, people are going to be furious”Joe Rogan
  • Many of the protests started peacefully but now, they have turned into violent cults
    • There was a man who shot someone simply because he was wearing a pro-Trump shirt

Exercise, Violence, & Competition

  • “I think struggle is probably one of the most important balancing tools that a person can have” – Joe Rogan
  • Joe sees exercise as one of the most crucial parts of a well-balanced life:
    • “When I work out hard and put in a brutal training session, everything’s fine” – Joe Rogan
      • If he doesn’t work out, he feels like a battery with too much energy and starts to act out and finds that the energy can quickly turn into anger
  • There is a point of exercise where it can become harmful: If you run too much, it can destroy your cartilage and ruins your knees
    • “It can be very destructive” – Joe Rogan
  • Joe realized that when he was training for fights, he was so focused on it that he had trouble working on his comedy:
    • “That mindset is not a mindset of an artist, it’s a mindset of a conqueror” – Joe Rogan
      • So he quit fighting when he was 22 so focus solely on comedy  

Self-Defense & Guns

  • Joe believes that BJJ, specifically grappling, is the best martial arts for self-defense
    • “In most self-defense situations it usually winds up with grappling” – Joe Rogan
  • “Learn how to fight against people who know how to fight” – Joe Rogan
    • “It’s good to know self-defense but it’s much more important to understand martial arts” 
  • What’s Joe’s take on having a gun?
    • “It’s the best self-defense” – Joe Rogan
  • The second amendment also helps protect the first amendment. The more Americans that own guns, the smaller the chances of the government declaring martial law or overarching a certain level of power.

The Origin of Ideas

  • A question to think about: Do people come up with ideas or do ideas come to people?
    • “We think we found the ideas but it’s more like the ideas found us” – Lex Fridman
    • “They come to you” – Joe Rogan
  • Joe learned a lot about creativity and gathering ideas from reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
    • “If you show up and put in the time and focus your energy on that, the ideas they will arrive”Joe Rogan
  • To create, you must be humble and stop thinking about yourself:
    • “It requires a humility and requires a detachment from self in order to create” – Joe Rogan

Talking About The Art of Podcasting 

  • Lex’s podcast now gets between 300,000 and 400,000 downloads per episode
    • Joe’s advice to Lex: People are resonating with your podcast so keep doing what you’re doing
  • Joe didn’t want a co-host for his podcast because it interrupts the flow of the conversation 
    • With more people, it gets more difficult because people talk over each other and may want to head in different directions than yourself
  • Joe has proved that long-form podcasting works. You can make a 3 or 4-hour podcast and people will tune in for the entire episode.
    • Additionally, Joe doesn’t even edit his podcasts
  • Lex is planning on getting Vladamir Putin on his podcast
  • Podcasting is a skill, it’s not just talking. You have to learn how to learn attentively, be genuinely curious, and have good follow-up questions. It’s like a dance. The host and guest need to work together. 
    • “When I listen to a good podcast, I feel like I’m in the room”Joe Rogan
  • The weird thing about podcasting is that (possibly) millions of people view you as a close friend even though you have never met them

The Meaning of Life

  • Joe believes there are multiple meanings to life:
    • “First of all, it requires love. You have to have loved ones, you have to have family, you have to have friends, you have to have people that care about you and you have to care about them.” Joe Rogan
      • “Then it also requires interests. There have to be things that stimulate you.”
  • One of the best things to do in life is to help others and improve their lives:
    • Often times, the more love you give, the more you’ll receive it
  • Just being rich isn’t the answer. There are many rich but miserable people in the world, some even commit suicide. You want to have a balanced life.
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