If you know Joe Rogan as “obnoxious comedian” or “the Fear Factor guy,” then you might’ve scratched your head at the title.
The Joe Rogan Experience is arguably the greatest audio series on the planet. Despite a career in stand-up comedy, Joe’s show is mainly insightful, thought-provoking, and chock-full of discourse regarding human behavior, pop culture, and relevant socioeconomic affairs. Guests of the show range from rugged fighters and beaming comics to renowned scientists and serious intellectuals—the whole nine yards.
Although I’m not pursuing a career in show business, I’ve learned powerful lessons from JR: how to communicate, how to think, and, most of all, how to be a man in this strange, fucked up world we currently live in.
You need more diverse, in-depth communication.
One thing that strikes me about Joe Rogan is his ability to communicate, articulate, and connect with total strangers over long periods of time—his podcasts are done in person and usually last at least two hours long. It’s been three years since I started listening and there hasn’t been a single moment of intermission, or disconnect, during the show… not once.
Not only does Joe “hold his own” in every conversation, he seems to tap into a bona fide mode of unconstrained, sincere dialogue with each and every guest. Regardless of profession, ethnicity, gender, whatever, I’ve never listened to an episode that did not cross a place of meaning in conversation.
This style of thorough, multidisciplinary discussion beautifully contrasts today’s abbreviated, tribal culture.
We live in a world where any belief can be reinforced and maintained in a matter of seconds. The Internet is a mirror; there’s a tendency to filter our associations through it in search of similarities and patterns that uphold what we already think and believe. Although common, it’s not conducive to our innate desire to discover new ideas, information, and experiences.
Joe’s willingness to widely and freely communicate with all sorts of individuals is something of admiration. Time and time again, he demonstrates engaging, worthwhile discussion is still possible, even among strangers.
Be friendly and open, yet brutally honest.
As weird (and delusional) as it might sound, I feel like I’ve developed a friendship with Joe Rogan over the years.
When I open my phone and fire up a new episode, it feels like I’m joining the greatest company in the world for lunch.
Hey friends! How’s everybody doing out there in listening land? This episode of the podcast…
Those opening remarks trigger a sense of ease and trust in my brain.
There’s a charisma about Joe—he’s hyper-aware, flexible to the world around him. He considers outside viewpoints, inquires emotions of the person(s) sitting across from him, and makes accommodations for fans listening at home. He’s never close-minded, extremely reasonable, and flirtatiously goofy all at the same time. It’s surprisingly inviting, to say the least.
On top of that, Joe is candidly honest and straightforward.
Most people try to conceal their negative, controversial beliefs and characteristics. If you listen to JR though, you’ll notice he never hides what he’s thinking, even if it results in conflict or controversy. He proudly supports his ideas and convictions, regardless of the stigmas (e.g. marijuana, parenting). All that said, he won’t hesitate to admit his own ignorance.
Humility like that is rare — and refreshing.
Embrace adversity, you f*ck!
Another overarching theme of the JRE is a never-ending drive to learn and understand more.
Time and time again, Joe talks about the rewards of struggle and adversity as he emphasizes the need to endure pain and suffering in order to progress physically, mentally, and spiritually.
“Through incremental struggle, whether it’s rigorous exercise or learning something, I think everything I do that’s difficult makes me a little bit more aware, a little bit better at other things, just a little bit easier to deal with and a little more friendly.”
— Joe Rogan
His “no bullshit” attitude and life-long-learner mentality is inspiring and motivating. As a listener, it requires you to look in the mirror and ask yourself if you’re challenging your mind, body, and spirit to improve through hardship.
Joe Rogan is a role model, plain and simple. He tackles the big questions in life, while also accepting mankind’s inevitable ambiguities; his barbaric attributes, cordial demeanor, and uncanny desire to make bizarre, sense of the world is the perfect mixture of chaos, order, and wonder.
Please people, listen to Joe Rogan.