Bryan: I always say to young people; it’s normal when you’re young, to be overwhelmed by forces you can’t explain. There’s a lot of mystery in the world. And you will be directed other ways. And your job as you get older is to find out who you are and what you’re supposed to do and where you’re supposed to place your energy, on your own terms. That is the communion you have with yourself.
Steven: Here’s the other side of that, at least what I was just saying about a structured thing like learning Martial Arts. It’s something that an individual can join, there are others who are also students, and there’s a teacher who’s teaching them and telling them what to do. But the other side of that is Art. Is trying to produce, whatever it is you’re trying to produce. A movie, a paining, a book. Or something like that. This is where, at least in my opinion, you go as an individual and where there are no rules, or there are rules but you have to discover them yourself. And so this is what we were talking about before about entering into another dimension of reality or tapping into another dimension of reality. Which is not, which is the dimension of potentiality. Like this podcast existed before you and Brian put it together, it just existed on another level. In potentiality. And Onnit and the stuff that you guys do, that also existed. Or a book that I might write or a movie that somebody might do, and so I think that is a kind of, without trying to sound to phony baloney here; It’s a warrior pursuit. It’s something that taps into that wolf energy. Or that pure testosterone energy. Only it’s not channeled in a path that already exists. You the artist, or the comedian or whatever discover that path one footstep at a time. And you put one foot out and you go ‘wrong’. You go into a puddle or you step into a punji stick or something. [Then] you go, well shit, over here this is solid ground. This got a laugh. This made people, I killed when I did this, right. And so you are kind of in the dark like somebody moving in the dark trusting your instincts, trusting whatever starlight you can see. And when you finally get to the end of that forest, and you turn around and you look back at the path you took, for a writer that’s a book. And you look down and you say; where the fuck did that come from? And you realize that that was you all along, but you had no Idea when you started writing.
Joe: You just had to discover it, yea.
Joe: I think what you’re saying is also like what Michelangelo said about creating sculpture. Is that he removes, he finds the sculpture in the thing, it’s not like he makes it. He removes all the stuff that’s hiding the sculpture. That’s how he looked at it.
Aubrey: You know, I think that so many people that I get questions from, they don’t know what to do. They’re just trying to figure it out. And I always give them the same advice. I say, you know, practice being excellent at something you love. It could be trivial, it could be darts. I don’t care, whatever it is. Just be excellent at it. Put yourself into it.
Steven: I think you’re right on target Aubrey.
Aubrey: And you’ll discover something about yourself, whatever it is. You know, a lot of people will look to me to see if they can get a job and my question is always the same; what are you excellent at? Cause if they can show me two random things that they are incredible at, that they are excellent at. I know that they've learned to apply their authentic self because you can’t truly be excellent at anything without tapping into that, you know, to that aspect.
Steven: Or even less than that, just what do you love? What makes you happy? What’s fun?
Joe: Yea. Well, that’s the great Miyamoto Musashi quote; “Once you know the way broadly, you can see it in all things”.
Joe: That idea that there’s something that you tap in to that manifests itself in a number of different ways. In athletics, in artistic, whatever it is. What you’re doing is, you’re tapping into the same thing and that is excellence. You’re tapping into the real thing, the way.
Aubrey: And then when you’re on the path that’s going to give you the fruits of your destiny, so to speak, whatever it is that’s that channel that’s going to bring you to the ultimate higher level. You already have practice being excellent. You know how to do the work. And that’s another key thing that I love about, that you always go back to. You know how to do the work. You know how to take the initial steps. That one foot in front of the other to get there and to see progress and to apply yourself in that way.
Steven: Yea, i’m definitely a believer in just doing the mundane thing, you know? Walk into the room, sit down at the keyboard. Or walk into the dojo, start to do whatever the first thing is.
Steven: Just something is occurring to me as we’re talking here. I might be, I haven’t even thought about this in a million years but, you were talking about, Aubrey, about people that don’t seem to care or don’t have the enthusiasm for something.
Aubrey: The wonder and awe in the world, yea.
Steven: I can remember that I used to be, for years I struggled like that. Where I was bored with things. I was bored with myself. I was beating my brains out saying; why don’t I love something? What is missing?
Steven: My, sort of my conclusion, was that I really did have tremendous ambition and tremendous aspiration but I had buried it under layers of fear. You know? As if, if I would ever admit to myself that I wanted to be excellent at something that, that would be more than I could take, failure would be more than I could take. And so when I finally sort of admitted to myself (and actuality its in The Authentic Swing I think, or maybe it’s not) but when I admitted to myself that I did have ambition, I did want to do something, suddenly everything changed. And then, enthusiasm did come. But it was fear. So I think when we’re running into people that are not, don’t have enthusiasm, don’t have that fire, I don’t believe it’s not there. I think it’s buried under fear. And I think that’s why great teachers, coaches, will put a young person in a position where they can exceed their expectations or their belief about themselves. Where they thought they couldn’t do it, and then the guy kicks them in the ass enough times [that] they actually do it and they go wow, how did that happen, you know? And then that’s the spark that can then burst into flame if it’s guided properly.
Adam: ...It's sort of like this, I probably got it a lot from building, 'cause building is a process that goes from shitty to good. Which is to say, the first part of building is you know, permits and applications and you cutting checks to the City for nothing and inspectors, and plan inspection and all that kind of stuff. And it's nothing, its just a bunch of money and a bunch of papers. You have nothing. And then you start demoing and digging stuff up, and you know digging footings and grade beams and blah blah blah and putting in rebar and waiting for concrete and all that, but still its nothing. There's no shape to it, it's just a hole in the ground and you're literally dumping money into this hole in the ground. But then at a certain point the cement dries and you strip away the forms, and you start to frame. And when you start to frame, you get to actually see the shape of the structure start to unfold before your eyes, but it's still like it's wide open it doesn't keep the cold out or the heat in or anything but you can start to imagine about what it would be like to put down that hard wood flooring and to see all the cool top notch Viking stove's and Sub Zero's going into the kitchen and all that, well that's the part you look forward to but if you're closing your eyes and picturing your new Viking stove arriving, when you're forming your slab...you're gonna fuck up your slab. - Just focus on the form. And know, that you'll get to the Viking one day, but for now you're just forming. Heavy.
Joe: That is heavy. That's heavy and correct. I mean, that's being in the moment. You sort of have an idea that it's eventually going to come together, but right now you're just framing it.
Adam: Yes. If it doesn't, it doesn't but let me just form the best way i can form today.
Episode #101 of The JRE podcast @ -1:04:26
Joe: They (shortcuts) impede your development. When something goes wrong you have to address it. Address it and that's how you get better. Everything that I've ever done that I fucked up on, it made me better...it's just uncomfortable and you don't want to feel it.
Bryan: That comes from also learning how to talk to yourself and being nice to yourself. Not being to hard on yourself either. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Take it easy on yourself.
Joe: and it also comes from building up, like a database of you being a good person. Like you have to really believe in yourself as a person. But mistakes and fuck-ups and things that you do along the line, those are like hugely important. They really are. Because when you're developing as a human being and you're a young person trying to make your way through life...you're going to come across these situations where you do not know how to behave correctly. Weather it's because of your emotions, Whether it's because of your hormones, your insecurities, whatever the fuck it is, it's very possible for you to fuck up and make mistakes. But those mistakes are HUGE. All of those dumb things. Those lefts when you should have went rights. All of those things, as long as they don't kill you, you can learn a lot from them.
Episode #326 of The JRE podcast @ -2:31:14
Joe: He’s got this attitude: 'Work hard to get there, Work harder to stay there’. So that’s what I think it is...
Melissa: Gratitude is amazing.
Joe: Yea, he’s got gratitude.
Melissa: Gratitude is a medicine. You can change your life with gratitude.
Joe: ...You're enforcing your opinion by exaggerating mine…
Ari: No. Because I want you to tell me what you think the problems are with TSA.
Joe: OK. The problems are with TSA, the same problems there are with any system where people get in any position of power over people. They automatically act like douche-bags. It’s the same as Security Guards.
Joe: I mean, it’s the same as Bouncers at Clubs.
Joe: It’s the same as some Cops.
Ari: Some Cops, yea.
Joe: It’s a difficult thing to have that kind of power over people and not abuse it and not be cunty about it.
Episode #322 of The JRE podcast @ -1:50:17
Neil: Do you realize that if you fall into a Black Hole, you'll see the entire future of the Universe unfold in front of you in a matter of moments - and you will emerge into another Space-Time created by the singularity of the Black Hole you just fell into?
Joe: You just broke the whole Internet. You just broke the whole internet right there!
Episode #310 of The JRE podcast @ -56:25
Joe: Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things. That's one of my favorite quotes. Its all about recognizing what it takes to really master something...really takes to get in tune with what is great with something.
Joe: I constantly work on improving my mind, I constantly work on improving my thinking and I think there's always room for improvement. There's always room for advancement. There's always room for, you know, theres always artistic improvement, theres personal improvement...I always stop and consider you know, all the different factors that come into place to make all of your thoughts and to make who you are, you know? - And that you can change those, and you can move those around and you can alter those. And its not a rapid thing, its something like - the way I describe it it's like, two ships (and I think I heard Tony Robins describe it this way and this is where I ganked this from) but, Tony Robins, (I'm pretty sure it was him), described; two boats moving in a parallel line right next to each other and that one boat takes a slight two degree turn to the right. Well, as those boats move forward, the one boat that took that slight two degree turn, in time, it's miles and miles away from that other boat. And that's what I kinda feel like, that these little changes that you make - and you know sometimes you'll fuck up and you'll get back in line with how you used to be and you don't like it and then you gotta turn again. You know, it's not an exact process...
Episode #104 of The JRE podcast @ -29:11
Michael: Have you ever dumped a friend like you would dump a girlfriend?
Michael: You have? Like a friend dump?
Joe: Yea, absolutely.
Michael: Of a guy not a girl?
Joe: Many times.
Michael: Of a dude?
Joe: Yup. Yea.
Michael: What did you say to him?
Joe: Can't hang out with you anymore. Negative.
Michael: Just, straight up?
Joe: Yea, there's some dudes that you may have good times with in the beginning. But then somewhere along the line as you get to know them better, their character flaws are exposed and they're not willing to be honest about it. So then every time you're hanging out with that person it becomes a problem. It becomes all around that person it becomes this persons character flaw that everybody has to like, sorta deal with. Whether it's jealousy, whether it's being overly aggressive, whether it's being dicky to women, whatever the fuck it is. You know, there's certain dudes that are not willing to look at reality and they're not willing to evolve. And the real problem is that if you surround yourself with someone like that, all your evolution stops as well as theirs. All your progress as a human being stops. As does theirs. So when you're out with them man, if they're acting cunty and douchy you're locked into this cunty and douchy life. You know. This is your crew. This is who you're hanging out with man. And if you don't surround yourself with like-minded people, you don't grow together. So when you're with someone that you feel is a roadblock to your own personal enlightenment, it's important for you to separate yourself from that person.
Joe: Here's the deal with your life. You can blame everybody for your problems in life, and you might be right, but you cant change that. What you can change is what you think and how you react and what power you give other peoples actions and thoughts - over you. You can keep from getting pissed off at them by using that energy for yourself. Using that energy for positive shit. Using that energy to try to accomplish shit.
Episode #98 of The JRE podcast @ -39:37
Joe: ... As long as you're doing what you want to do. That's, I think, If there's one thing that you an harp on in this life, it's that; don't do a bunch of shit that you don't really wanna do beause you're not sure if you can do what you wanna do because if you do what you wanna do it's hard and you might not make it and, fuck man. You're going to live a life of second guessing and failure, and you're never going to believe in yourself. You're gonna know that you never went after the one thing that you really truly wanted. Whatever the fuck it is man. Whether it's being a Solar Panel Scientist, whether its being a guy who writes fuckin Classical Music, whatever the fuck it is man. You just just gotta find what that thing is.
Duncan: Yea, there's a...I always do this. I'm sorry to always quote the Bhagavad Gita.
Joe: That's one of the most awesome things to quote ever.
Duncan: There is a quote in the Bhagavad Gita that goes; 'It's better to be a honest Street Sweeper than a dishonest King'. Or, 'it's very dangerous to follow another mans path' ...So the idea is, exactly what you said; you should do what you're drawn to not what you think you should be doing. You should do the thing that you're attracted to doing. That's who you are, that's who you're meant to be.
Episode #120 of The JRE podcast @ -1:19:37
Jason: Apparently it has to do with your self awareness. Your lateral prefrontal cortex. The same thing that turns off when people are in flow states. When Rappers are free-styling.
Duncan: Ooh, right.
Jason: The self editing, the self consciousness disappears.
Duncan: Cool, right.
Jason: And we love transcending our self-consciousness because its the moment in which we see that there's an infinite amount of subjective experiences that we can have. We can be Indiana Jones, we can be, you know, anybody we want, you know, we're not bound by our individuated state, which as amazing as it is, is still limited.
Episode #369 of The JRE podcast @ -47:23
Joe: ...It might be completely off base, but if it's right even a little bit, they're doing you a service. Cause they're pointing out holes in your game. And it might be fair, and it might not be fair too. You gotta deal with that too. But that's part of the game. And eventually. Hopefully. We all hope for some form of personal sovergnty. Where no-matter what anybody says about you, or how anybody describes you - that's a better way of putting it - you know who you are, and you're alright. And like, all they're doing is exposing this need to detract from another person, this need to diminish another person. Which is a massive weakness. - That we've all been guilty of.
Aubrey: For sure. And along with that, it's also learning to take the praise, not to seriously either.
Joe: Yes. Don't get lost.
Aubrey: You can't get your tires to pumped up and really buy into that whole thing. That'll lead you down a stray weird path of ego and feeding off that kind of energy and that's no good either. Detractors or to much praise, just appreciate it for what it is, but really judge yourself by your own criteria. You know, only you know really, if you did your best. If you put out the maximum effort to try and achieve the result, and only you should be able to judge yourself.
Episode #367 of The JRE podcast @ -1:37:15
Neal: ...I think a lot of people on the right are born on Third Base and think they hit a triple.
Joe: That's a very good way of putting it.
Neal: Well that's an old phrase...
Episode #131 of The JRE podcast @ -1:47:02
Jason: You know the scene in the Matrix when he's in the hotel room and they're about to give him the pill?
Jason: Ok, that's the craziest part of the movie. So he says:
We too are in that decrepit hotel room with Lawrence Fishburn's Morpheus, who is really speaking to us when he addresses Neo, the ever-wooden Keanu Reeves:
You know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your whole life, felt that something is wrong with the world. You don't know what, but it's there like a splinter in your mind, [driving you mad].
Establishing the itch -- which I suppose most of us share, however we interpret it -- Morpheus offers to scratch. He will give Neo "nothing more" than knowledge of the truth (ie, no solution to the problems posed by the truth).
And then he goes on and he says:
So like the serpent in the Garden of Eden, [which the Nag Hammadi codex "The Secret Book of John" claims was a liberating Christ in disguise], Morpheus offers Neo a pill. Neo, of course, swallows the molecular package, which is really the most heroic act in the film. For Neo must then pass [face] his own Cartesian "passage through madness," melting into a mirror that alludes not only to Lewis Carroll but to the mystic-psychotic collapse and disappearance of the externalized ego that stabilizes our inner void. As Neo phases out of the Matrix, he opens up, however briefly, the fractured bardo that is the secret thrill of every fan of the "false reality" genre: the moment when baseline reality dissolves but no new reality [world] has yet emerged in its pixelating wake.
Duncan: Wow, cool. That's great man. That's trippy
Episode #369 of The JRE podcast @ -42:40