Bryan Callen speaking with Vincent LaBarbera about a conversation with Martin Sheen while they were speaking about the movie 'Guilty by Suspicion’

Bryan: I was eating lunch, and Martin Sheen was there, and there's Martin Sheen, it was kind of exciting and I said, I said um; 'wow that's tough, you never know how you're going to behave in that situation'.  And Martin Sheen said; 'Yea you do.  You sure do.  And when you behave properly, or you behave improperly, it just compounds who you really are.'  I never forgot that. 

Vincent: That's exactly right.  Because all we really have is ourselves and our integrity.

Episode #35 of The Bryan Callen Show podcast @ -28:29

Bryan Callen speaking with Bruce Buffer about the best way to maintain intensity and success, and what his advice to young people would be

Bruce: My biggest advice that I can give is that when you're choosing a path in life, because I don't believe any of us are better than anybody else - I think it's all about the paths we choose.  If you choose a path and you want to be the best CEO or the best Actor or the best Comedian or the best Bus Boy at your local Restaurant, just take pride in what you do, to be the best at what you can do.  But, when you're making a decision about an endeavored choice in life, ok, I don't like working.  I like living.  I like living life by design.  So my work life is a design of life, this is my life-style.  I don't wake up in the morning to go to work.  I wake up in the morning to passionately live my life with the choices i've made.

Bryan:  I feel the same way.  I just can't believe that I get to do this forever.

Bruce: You have to ... This is key in the question you're asking, is that anybody making a choice; ask yourself, look in the mirror, be honest with yourself, are you in it for the buck? Are you in it for the potential of the buck? - because you're passionate about what you're going to go into?  Which means you're going to learn everything there is about it, you want to be the best you can be at it.  But when the crap hits the fan.  When the rough time's happen. - Which is gonna happen no matter what.  Don't think that life is going to be a breeze cause you made the right choice.  You are gonna get hit with the big life choices of life, in your choice of endeavor.  The only way you can get up from being knocked down on the canvas of business, the best way is to have passion and believe in yourself.  That's the key, cause a lot of that are [working on] projects just to make money, they're not passionate, and when the hard times hit, they lose that edge.

Episode #37 of The Bryan Callen Show podcast @ -16:12

Bryan Callen speaking with Elliott Hulse about mental toughness

Bryan: There's something about the way you present things.  But I want to start, I want to start, with what really captured my imagination and one of the reasons I wanted to get you on the Podcast.  And that was that you were talking to a guy named umm, I can't remember his name - he was going into the military ... and he said; 'I'm worried about - Im strong, and i'm fit and i'm just worried about my mental toughness'.  And one of the things that you said that I have always talked to other people about, but not in as clear terms as you did was; mental toughness is by far something, it's a question of letting go and shutting your brain off to stories, real or imagined, about who and what you are and just being in the moment.  Maybe we can start with that as a topic because it feels like, in some ways, that's almost like the whole deal when it comes to trying to accomplish something. 

Elliott: Yea, there's such confusion about sexuality in our culture - and I say sexuality, it might seem strange that I would bring that up, but there are two animating forces in our lives.  Both personally and in the Universe.  And you know, if you go to the East they call it like the Yin-Yang and you see like half of it's black, half of it's white and has a little bit of white in the black and that contrast displays itself in all areas of our life.  When it comes to being a man right, because that's really what the question came down to with our friend was, you know, 'I'm a tough guy, but i'm gonna show up somewhere where there's a tougher guy, and he's gonna be spittin and screamin in my face, how do I man up and handle that?'  And what I asked him to do essentially, was to become more female.  Right?  Because basically I asked him to yield.  

Bryan:  I love it.  Yea.  Yea. 

Elliott: To be tough.  To be really tough, to be really strong you got to also be able to yield.  You've also got to be able to be soft.  Because how many really, really tough guys are listening right now and they're like; 'no, fuck that, there's no way.  I'm not submitting to anyone or anything'.  Well, it's your fear, that's not allowing you to do just that.  So I would say that someone who has the capacity to be a little bit more feminine, is actually stronger of a man, than someone who is way to, overly masculine.  

Bryan: And as you get older you realize, in some ways, this notion of what tough is.  Is so compartmentalized.  I always use the example of some guys can fight anybody, you know, six guys in a bar, but they can't quit a job they hate, they can't get out of a relationship that's not fulfilling, etc, etc. So, fear, courage, are umbrella terms that are very relative depending on where you are.  But I guess what I love about what you're talking about is [that] you can step out of that equation.  There is great strength in surrender.  And I love the way you couch it in male/female terms, because you're right.  That is what so many, and we have a culture that prides aggression umm, that sort of you know, esteems the notion that you're a brick wall and just batter through. - And there is a place for that in life but certainly, I don't think you can get to that next level in anything you endeavor without having more of that Yin energy, if you will, or more of that female energy, right?  You've got to just embrace it.  

Elliott: Oh, in absolutely every regard.  If you're talking in terms of training, working out or anything physical, you've got to understand that your nervous system ... what you would call your autonomic nervous system - [the] part of your nervous system that does all the shit without you having to think about it, like beating your heart and digesting your foods - is broken down in the same particular way.  There's those two halves again.  It's funny how those two halves just keep showing up.  That contrast.  You've got your Sympathetic branch of your nervous system and you have your Parasympathetic branch of that nervous system.  And the Sympathetic branch is that one that is adrenaline, that's go, harder, faster, stronger, hotter, more aggressive, more male.  And you can just imagine, look at the world that we live in.  Everybody is going harder, bigger, faster, more.  And at the same time, there's more and more disease and sickness, disfunction, depression.  And it is because we don't allow (and this is language that is going to be a bit more grounded for most of the people listening, especially if you're into fitness and exercise) we don't allow the anabolic branch of that deal to happen.  feminine, Yin, soft, yielding, resting, digesting is all more anabolic.  So, because we don't use our bodies and live our lives in a way that stimulates more growth hormone, testosterone, all of the things that build you up, which are a bi-product of letting go, we end up having to use synthetic steroids.  So all the drugs and all the disease that we're experiencing, a lot of it is do to this imbalance between Sympathetic and Parasympathetic or to much Yang, to much male, to much aggression and not enough softness. 

Episode #46 of The Bryan Callen Show podcast @ -52:22

Bryan Callen speaking with Elliott Hulse about Science and Religion

Elliot:  As great as Science has been with its ability to bring us the technology, and force [us] to look at the world objectively, it has caused us to adopt a paradigm where we not only, rightfully, question everything but we no longer retain the sense of Poetry in anything.  So we've got one end of the spectrum where Science and the whole idea where the world purely matter, right?...which is fine because we're playing with that.  That whole idea is just that. It's just an idea.  It's something we're playing with.  There's nothing definitive because if you look at where they're reaching now in Science, they're coming further and further back to where we were before, saying look, we're not sure what this is, we can't pin this down, we can't name it, we think we have it but then it disappears.  It basically sounds and looks a lot like what the ancients were writing down when they described the creation of the worlds.  The difference is, now ... so we've got that end of the spectrum. 

Bryan: By the way, just to [clarify], you're talking about Quantum Physics here, you're talking about the subatomic level of Physics and String Theory and stuff. Just for some people who might be a little confused - I think that's what you're touching on.

Elliot: Absolutely.

Bryan: Yea, how laws on the Quantum level, sometimes in direct opposition to laws in the Ether we live in.  So there are at least two realities.  Two dimensions.  But keep going, i'm sorry. 

Elliot: Right, yea absolutely.  Quantum Physics.  And you gotta recognize that words are symbols.  So they're using words to describe that which in many times is indescribable.  So we got that end of the spectrum, and that's a fun game to play with it.  Recognize it.  Look at it objectively.  Don't, anyway - and then we have the other end of the spectrum where we've got the Ancients and we've got the religions of old and the traditions associated with.  And here's where they messed up.  They messed up because all those stories of talking snakes and burning bushes and things that literally do not make sense on the physical plane, like people don't die and then come back again.  It just doesn't happen.  You don't die and you're re-born.  Regardless, I mean you can call it whatever you want but it just doesn't happen.  People don't walk on water.  The problem is that we get to attached to the content of the story, and not recognize the brilliance in the context of the story.  What is that story trying to tell you?

Bryan:  The symbolism versus the reality.  That which you can measure with a ruler and then the symbol, the symbolism of what it sort of- the inspiration behind the story.

Elliot: Right, exactly.  So you've got two, you go to far in either end of the spectrum, and they end up playing the same game of trying to be right and trying to prove what they're saying, as definitive. And you can't get to that.  The whole thing is still a dance and everybody is trying to get to the end of the dance instead of enjoying it. 

Episode #46 of The Bryan Callen Show podcast @ -38:28

Bryan Callen and Hunter Maats speaking with James Rollins about abuses of power

Bryan: As I get older I become way more cynical about the fact that, it seems to me, that anybody in power is going to exercise that power.  It's a human compulsion.  It doesn't mean that people at the IRS are bad people or Politicians are all bad people.  It just means that when you have a system, an incentive structure in place, it's going to be [a]bused. 

Hunter: Well it goes back to what James Madison said, right?  - Which is that, you know, you have Governments because people can't be trusted but the problem is you have to people Governments with people, who can't be trusted.  Right?  And so the only solution is to set ambition against ambition. You just have, you know, the people compete with the Government, the Government competes with itself.

Bryan: Special interests compete with Special Interests. 

Hunter: That's right.  And that's the thing, but I think the Special Interests is an interesting one, and you and I have talked about this. - Which is that, you know, the Special Interests are all competing for control of the Government but the problem is, is that what happens when Special Interests compete is not necessarily what's right for the Country.  Right? And so I think that's the thing you know, the reason why the Constitution was, you know, agonized over and crafted so delicately is because it's like a game of Football or a game of Basketball, you need to get the rules  exactly right so that the competition is maximized, and is constructive competition.

Bryan: Right. Well James, you write about threats.  You're always seeing threats out there, it's the fodder for your books.  I'm sure you think about this stuff.

James: Yup. Everything we just talked about is pretty much what i'm working on right now.  It's a major component of the Book i'm writing right now.

Bryan: Really?  Oh wow.

James: [It] deals specifically with that.  Which is the incremental creep of ... giving up Freedom for the sake of Security.

Episode #51 of The Bryan Callen Show podcast @ - 19:08