It’s quite common in life to have heroes. To follow examples of people you respect, when you don’t really respect yourself. To look to for guidance, to offer comfort, motivation, whatever it is you seek. For some it’s a footballer, for others it’s a writer. It might well be the local do good Derek who just can’t seem to do wrong. The point is, we all have them.
I personally have many. John Steinbeck, Noel Gallagher, John Lennon, Gareth Barry (Not a joke. The most serious of faces regarding the latter) to name a few.
But one individual in particular has really allowed me to reflect, and amend the way I intend to approach my future. His mind-set, his mantra’s, and his attitude have really helped me try become a better person, and scrape myself of a floor I could never really anticipate climbing up from.
The individual in question is Joe Rogan. A stand up comedian, podcast king, MMA commentator and distributor of wisdom.
It’s the podcasts where the bulk of his musings are showcased, and inspire its millions of subscribers worldwide.
So what’s the big deal?
What is it about this man that inspires?
Here’s a look at some of his best quotes.
1) Be the hero of your own movie.
One of his more famous philosophies. Joe actually credits himself for the birth of this particular concept. It’s a slogger, but so rewarding.
“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 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, 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 the input that comes your way, whether it’s the movie 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.”
You don’t really feel the emphasis of his words until you hear him barking them down a camera lens at you, so below I have provided this very spectacle. Please do view.
2) Relationships of old
Joe’s 6 minute conversation regarding relationships is in itself particularly powerful. If you’re struggling to get over an ex, or been subjected to some soul-destroying heartbreak in the past, then I’d recommend having a listen.
“I don’t hate everyone I used to date. In-fact with time I love all of them. Even the ones that I didn’t get along with. When I look back at every single girl I ever dated I swear to God that I will only allow the positive things into my mind, when I’m thinking about that person I only think about them when I love them, no matter what went wrong or whatever.
If you’re with a girl and her being happy means her being with another man, or person, you should accept that. A man that can’t be without a woman who doesn’t want to be with him is a repulsive thing,
If you are selfish, you want that person to be with you.
If you can’t accept she wants the sex drug from someone else then you’re screwed. Her genes are compelled to fuck someone else other than you. Her responsibility is to go towards what makes her happier and who she’s attracted too”
3) Be Succesful
Quite simply what it says on the tin. Step up, and work through the rough to get to the smooth.
“When you haven’t made it and you’re broke, you always feel like it’s never going to happen. You think “I’m poor, and I’m always going to be poor.” The fucking struggle will never go away. But when you’re around people who used to be poor too, you realise they’re just a fucking person. Every succesful person has had some crazy adversity early on. We’re all just people. Every single person who has ever done anything worthwhile, or exceptional, or difficult, or extraordinary, anyone. Whether its great authors, or artists, or mathematicians. Everyone encounters difficulties, everyone has issues. If you have time to pursue a hobby, if you have time to do anything in your life, you have time to better yourself. Here’s one way you NEVER better yourself, when you give excuses for why other people are succesful and you’re not. That shit is fucking dangerous.”
These are merely three examples from an entire library of wisdom from Rogan. I genuinely do encourage people to check him out on YouTube. Whether it be clips like the ones you’ve seen here, or even from his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, which is available to download regularly from iTunes.
Below however is the most profound, and perfect Joe Rogan line to end the piece.
“There are only two reasons to hate gay marriage. You’re either dumb, or you’re secretly worried that dicks are delicious”