Today is day two in a series of posts dissecting Joe Rogan’s speech about discomfort and success. Click here to go to the first post in the series. The video is full of so much gold that I’m taking the next few days to go through it bit by bit. Yesterday, we talked about how act of reaching a goal is much more difficult than the act of maintaining a goal, yet most of us give up because of our fear and associations with discomfort.

My second aha moment of this video comes around 1:52. Joe talks about how often your level of success correlates to how much discomfort you can tolerate, saying “Discomfort is your friend.” The animation by After Skool really sums it up. As your level of discomfort goes up, so does your level of success.

This reminds me of an exercise I read about in “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss. In this exercise, he instructs you to go to a crowded public place and lay down on the ground for 30 seconds or a couple of minutes.

When I first read this exercise, I immediately felt uncomfortable. “No, I don’t want to do that! It’s dirty. People will think I’m crazy. This exercise is stupid.” I dismissed it and moved on. But the whole point of the exercise is to help you push past discomfort. The more you practice being in a situation of discomfort, the more it becomes normal to you.

“Discomfort is your friend.” Meaning, if your goal doesn’t make you sweat, you’re not dreaming big enough. Furthermore,

“You must be willing to do the things today others won’t do in order to have the things tomorrow others won’t have.”  –Les Brown

Are you willing to do the things others won’t do to create the level of success in your life that others will never have? What things are keeping you from making discomfort your friend?


If you haven’t read the first post in this series: Pushing past discomfort

If you haven’t watched the video (or would like to watch it again, like me):

Before you watch the video, be forewarned that the F bomb is used liberally. If kids are around, best to put on some headphones or wait until they’re in bed. If foul language bothers you, you can just skip the video, but that would be a darn shame to miss out on how much great content is packed into a mere seven minutes.