Joe Rogan

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Joe Rogan is an American comedian who is also known for his television roles and book, but he could be a valuable professor, too!

Students who attend Harvard Business School could benefit from his lectures, by teaching them important lessons that will help them succeed in their future endeavors.

1. He is a successful entrepreneur.

Many professors have spent their entire careers in academia. They may be excellent teachers and know their subject well, but they don’t have real-world experience in the subject they are teaching. Instead, their expertise may be in theory. Harvard Business School uses the case method in its curriculum, and Joe Rogan certainly has enough examples to discuss with students.

His successful business ventures include the following.

  • Marketing his name through social media, podcasts, and the internet.
  • Growing his online presence through his online store, discussion forums and website.
  • Partnering with an online seller of dietary supplements and fitness equipment.

2. He knows how to take risks.

The future is always uncertain, and risk is involved in all kinds of business transactions from opening up a small business to investing in new opportunities to forming partnerships. Risk analysis involves calculating the risk associated with a choice and deciding whether to follow through. Taking on risk is scary, but necessary for business success.

Joe Rogan could lend his first-hand experience in risk management because of his ability to handle risk. He was the host of Fear Factor, a reality TV show, and is a stand-up comedian. He is also an entrepreneur. The respective risks involved with these ventures include failing on national television, looking silly on stage, and losing a lot of money.

In addition, Joe Rogan has learned discipline in his Tae Kwon Do career, which includes a U.S. Open Tae Kwon Do Championship in the lightweight division and Grand Championship overall. Discipline allows entrepreneurs to make rational decisions without rushing into anything foolish.

3. He can think on his feet.

What do you do when you’re in the middle of business negotiations and the other party throws a curveball at you? You need to respond immediately to an unexpected offer, and your answer can make or break the deal. If you’re lucky, you were a student of Joe Rogan’s, and you learned how to think fast.

Between being a stand-up comedian, a reality TV host, and a color commentator for the UFC, Joe Rogan has plenty of practice thinking quickly. If he taught at Harvard Business School, he could teach students how to think fast. He could lecture on his strategies for staying calm and weighing the options to get positive results in any situation.

4. He has people skills.

Your career in business isn’t only dependent on your book smarts. Your ability to read people and accommodate them can play a major role in your success. Good people skills enable you to do the following.

  • Determine your ability to negotiate and make profitable deals.
  • Motivate people to do their best for you.
  • Resolve conflicts within your business.
  • Assess abilities to find the right people for the job.

Stand up comedians like Joe Rogan need to have good people skills in order to read their audiences. They may need to quickly adjust their delivery if they see that the audience is not engaged.

5. He has cultivated many skills.

Business people can specialize, but a wide skill base can help in many cases. For example, someone planning to start a restaurant franchise needs to know about supply management, managing multiple locations, food trends, and marketing.

Joe Rogan could serve as an example to Harvard Business School students because of his many roles. They include the following.

  • Stand up comedian.
  • Television host.
  • Color commentator for UFC.
  • Podcaster
  • Actor

7. He is funny.

This is obvious. It is also seemingly unrelated to business. It’s not, though. Harvard Business School could use a funny professor. After 16 years of grade school and college, a two-year MBA or multi-year doctoral program can start to feel pretty long, especially if most of the instructors are academics.

Harvard Business School could benefit from students who love coming to class for these reasons.

  • They’ll be more motivated to do better in school and will probably land better jobs after graduating, which will be good for the program’s statistics and recruitment.
  • Successful students may end up making more money because of their hard work in school, and they may give back to the school.
  • Students who loved their academic experience may be more likely to spread the word and give Harvard an even better reputation.

Joe Rogan’s long list of credentials doesn’t include an MBA or an academic appointment, but that could easily change. His range of skills, ability to deal with pressure, and entertaining qualities could make him an excellent professor to contribute to Harvard Business School.