Joe Rogan, Not Motivated by $250M Success, Exposes the “Bottomless Pit” of Desires

Published 02/20/2024, 12:01 PM EST

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Joe Rogan, in his recent podcast, revealed that he is not really motivated by money. The 56-year-old invited Will Storr, a former journalist and author, for a candid chat. During the conversation, the UFC color commentator made a claim which might shock his fans.

Rogan recently bagged a $250 million deal with Spotify and even after bagging such a massive deal, the 56-year-old claimed that money is not the motivating factor for him. But why does he feel like that? So, without any further ado, let us find out the reason behind Rogan’s recent claim.

Joe Rogan doesn’t find happiness from monetary success anymore


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The Joe Rogan podcast is famous for bringing up unique topics in its podcast. It is also famous for hosting people from different professions. This time around the #2012 episode hosted the writer of “The Status Game: On Human Life and How to Play It,” Will Storr. During the chat, the 56-year-old made a point about human desires and how it is limitless. According to him, the people are never satisfied and are constantly trying to get more in terms of success and wealth.


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He said: ” I am not that motivated by money. It’s just a natural desire that people have. It never ends its a bottomless pit. It’s a game you can never win. And I think it’s designed to make human beings create Aliens. This is my thought.”

In contrast to this podcast, the 56-year-old in his last podcast discussed California. The standup comedian invited the quarterback for the New York Jets Aaron Rodgers in his #2099 episode and shared with him why did he move out from California. What prompted the 56-year-old to move to Austin?


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What is the reason for Joe Rogan moving out of California?

UFC 298 was hosted in California, Anaheim, and Joe Rogan was part of the event. Rogan resided in California for more than 25 years and decided to move in 2020 because of the strict COVID-19 policies. The UFC color commentator shared that California tends to exert control on its residents in an excessive manner. He also did not agree with the recent Nicotine laws and shared his discontent. Before the event, while speaking to Rodgers he mentioned why he would never move back to California. 

He said: “I guess one of the rare times I go back to that communist shithole commonly known as California,”.  Rogan further added: “That fucking place is so crazy. You know, you can’t get these(Flavoured Nicotine). I had a friend of mine, my friend Moshe, was here the other day, and he’s like, “Oh, you have flavored. You can’t get flavored nicotine. Imagine you can’t get flavored nicotine.”


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Rogan not only was affected by the restrictions but was also affected by the COVID situation in California. Do you feel it was the right decision to leave California for Texas? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by:

Anirban Chatterjee


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Anirban Chatterjee is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Anirban holds an MBA in Sports Management and is an athlete himself. After stints in notable organizations as a professional writer, Anirban pivoted to covering UFC, ONE Championship, and other premiere MMA promoters.
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Joyita Das