Episode Number: 1127
Episode Guest: Jesse Itzler
Original Airdate: June 5, 2018
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Guest Bio: Jesse Itzler is an entrepreneur, author, and founder of The 100 Mile Group. His new book Living with the Monks is available now.
Topics Discussed: Why he branded himself The 100-Mile Man (he ran a 100-mile race many years ago); Miss America scrapping swimsuit competition; Living with the Monks book; Jesse talks about what it was like living with monks of the New Skete Monasteries for 15 days; meditating; The Art of Raising a Puppy book; talking to monks who have lived as monks for decades; monks take a pledge of celibacy, poverty, obedience, and stability; the monks make money by raising and selling dogs; dog behavior; his responsibilities at the monastery; are there dumb breeds of dogs; how the monks got into training dogs; what monks do for fun; he wanted to quit at day seven; he felt proud for sticking it out for 15 days; the monks watch the news one night per week; why is checking out from society a romantic notion; the monks let him live with them because of another book he wrote, Living with a SEAL; reading while living as monk; he settled into being a monk around day seven; isolation tanks; all his decisions were made for him while living as a monk; becoming aware of his relationship with time; he couldn’t live as a monk on a regular basis; he wants to do things to build up his “life resume”; spending more time with his parents; using his phone less after living with monks; he sleeps 6-7 hours per day; he keeps about three hours per day for himself; talk about climbing a mountain in bad weather; carving out time in his life to go on adventures; saying “no” to people who want to use his time; he used to watch a lot of football, but has since cut back because he sees it as a waste of time; organizing his time; aging and thinking of life as a clock that’s ticking; he used to be a rapper; he wrote a song for the New York Knicks; people who have everything want youth; writing a song for the Dallas Mavericks after the Knicks; (1:00:00) bad contracts in the music business; Steven Tyler podcast; Music Modernization Act; audio books; he hopes his book Living with the Monks will make people look at their lives differently; doing difficult things is important; talk about running a 100-mile marathon; running the 100-mile marathon changed his life; routines can be good but are also a rut; recovering after the marathon; his toenails fell off; he regrets he didn’t finish the race victoriously; he was in a wheelchair for days afterwards and didn’t feel normal for weeks; he became a fruitarian (eating only fruit) after the marathon; Fit for Life book; what the monks eat in the monastery; he lost 17 lbs. in the two weeks with the monks; the monks are committed to the lifestyle and feel like that’s their calling; what the monk’s backgrounds were; how happy are Americans; quantifying your happiness; identifying what makes you unhappy; Joe has eliminated things that make him unhappy from his life; people are fuel and can give you negative or positive energy; being around happy, successful people can make you a better person; we learn through struggle; the sadness of losers; Joe doesn’t think people should seek comfort, but rather lessons/struggle; when you don’t do anything you feel like shit; camaraderie, love, family, friendship, struggle, testing yourself, and learning are imperative for being a happy person; doing difficult things and improving over time is important; Joe thinks the mind needs lessons and tasks; Jesse talks about being challenged to do 100 pull-ups by David Goggins, who was living with him for 30 days; going for a 10-mile run in a blizzard; bathing in a frozen lake; more talk about David Goggins and the challenges he had Jesse do while living with him; he almost died in a steam room; steam room vs. sauna; he would do challenges before big meetings and go into them sweating; more monk talk; how Goggins would wake him up in the morning; what his wife thought; he was in great shape after the month with Goggins; learning to be a listener; hard days make relaxation feel earned; feeling proud after accomplishing a challenge.
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