Your Mind Bandwidth

Joe Rogan, in a conversation with Nikki Glaser:

JOE: The way I look at it, your mind, you have a certain amount of bandwidth.

This is why I don’t read Instagram comments or Twitter comments or YouTube comments. I don’t have time. If I read them, it’s an accident. But to seek them out and go—like, you have bandwidth. I don’t spend time wondering why I hate things or hating things or hating on someone or being jealous.

Let’s call it units. You have a 100 units of bandwidth in your mind. So that means there’s a 100 units you can spend on things you care about. Or, you can let your mind be occupied by some stupid Twitter feud that you’re in with some idiot that you don’t even know.

You could spend 30% of your mind bandwidth on this. And then you only have 70% for the things you love!

And then maybe you’re involved in some relationship with someone who’s an idiot, and you’re arguing back and forth—well, there’s another 30% gone!

Now you have 40% left.

You have 40% for the things you love, instead of 100%.

But if you only concentrate on the things you care about, that matter, that mean something to you, and learn how to do that—like you were talking about meditation…

NIKKI: Yeah.

JOE: It’s a form of meditation. You’re learning how to avoid the little road bumps and the ditches on the side of the road…

NIKKI: …that can suck your bandwidth.

JOE: That can suck your bandwidth!

NIKKI: You can give them just a little bit and go “Ok, no no no—”, or you could lean in.

JOE: Like how you were saying when you stopped drinking… all of a sudden, your career took off. You started doing well.

NIKKI: More bandwidth.

JOE: You had more bandwidth. And you had less problems. This problem that you had that was rotting you away, no longer existed!

So now all of a sudden it frees up your time, and you realize “Oh my god, there’s so many funny things that I could talk about, and I have so much energy, and I’m so healthy. I can just go on stage and have fun.”

And then, you’re killing it!

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Software Simulation

Interesting tidbit from the Joe Rogan podcast with Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert:

Joe Rogan: Human memory is really flawed…

Scott Adams: Well, if you wanna go real deep real fast, you just gave me a good opening… I am a proponent of the “we are all a software simulation” view of reality. That would also explain why memories are so screwed up. The explanation would be that the past doesn’t exist – until you need it. In other words, the past writes itself on demand… because if we’re software, you wouldn’t have everything in the universe pre-programmed just in case you needed it – it would take up too much resources.

Source: Joe Rogan podcast, episode #874

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