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Joe Rogan and The Madness of Excellence

Below is a podcast from Joe Rogan where he talks about excellence as an athlete (be aware of the foul language). It is worth a listen, particularly if you are an athlete or coach.

Throughout the discussion, Rogan speaks about how super athletes share a certain sense of madness in terms of how they prepare and compete. Many world class athletes are obsessed with being the best and staying the best. Such an extreme level of commitment isn’t for everyone, but it is the reality in most cases.

To be the best, you need to eat, sleep, and dream it. There are no shortcuts and there is always someone close behind who is trying to pass you. Doing what everyone else does will leave you like everyone else. At some point, you must decide if you want to separate yourself from the pack. If that’s your choice, be willing to work for it, day after day. Wishing on a star won’t get you anywhere.

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle

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7 Comments so far

  1. BeachBody Coach August 2nd, 2012 9:38 am

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  2. Kevin Ryan August 2nd, 2012 10:32 am

    I subscribe to his podcast and have to say that there is a great deal of wonderful information in a free thinking and speaking forum. Every once in a while there are matters discussed that are off in the sky, but it’s always, always entertaining. If you haven’t done so already, check out the older as well as the newer podcasts. The one with Bas Rutten in particular is an absolute hoot.

  3. Eric August 2nd, 2012 2:36 pm

    You would have to look pretty hard to find a more obsessed or driven athlete than former Olympic gold medalist freestyle wrestler Dan Gable. Gable would literally leave in the middle of movie he was watching with friends to go work out instead. People would say while Gable was attending college at the University of Iowa he would literally run to each class. Like many heroes Gable’s life was full of tragedy and hardships. His older sister, Diane was raped and murdered May 31, 1964 in the Gable home while Dan and his parents were on vacation. Gable is perhaps the greatest Olympic wrestler ever and maybe one of the top Olympic athletes ever right alongside Nadia Comaneci, Mark Spitz, Michael Phelps, Teofilo Stevenson, Vasily Alexeev, Al Oerter, and others. Gable is probably one of the fittest athletes in history without a doubt.

  4. Eric August 2nd, 2012 2:40 pm

    oops, Gable wrestled at Iowa State and not Univ of Iowa.

  5. dan August 9th, 2012 11:04 am

    i have never seen another person work towards a goal with great effort and discipline.

  6. mharden August 9th, 2012 11:14 am

    this was a cool vid, mj was my hero when i was younger. it actually made me go subscribe to joe rogans podcast, then i saw they were between 2-3 hours long! nm, ha

  7. Will August 23rd, 2012 2:49 pm


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