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Dan Bilzerian - Pleasure Is Not Happiness

Dan Bilzerian - Pleasure Is Not Happiness

Dan Bilzerian

Daniel Brandon Bilzerian (born December 7, 1980) is an American actor, internet personality, and gambler. He is best known for his lavish lifestyle. The son of corporate takeover specialist Paul Bilzerian and Terri Steffen. He is the brother of fellow poker player Adam Bilzerian. He is of Armenian descent through his father. His father was a corporate raider on Wall Street who set up trust funds for both of his sons. Bilzerian entered the Navy SEAL training program in 2000; however, after several attempts, he did not graduate. He was reportedly dropped from the program for a “safety violation on the shooting range.” Bilzerian subsequently enrolled at the University of Florida, majoring in Business and Criminology.

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Does Dan Bilzerian like London?

Dan Bilzerian, unsurprisingly, doesn’t describe himself as a ‘city guy’. Probably because there’s not enough room for jet-skis and firing assault rifles. He elaborates that while he prefers London to New York, the expense of the British city turns Dan off. Describing London as ‘more expensive than Los Angeles’ with more authentic people.

“Unapologetically Myself”.

Responding to a quote of one of Bilzerian’s favourite authors, Henry David Theroux: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” He describes himself as “unapologetically myself”, ever his own man. Dan admires celebrities like Cardi B for speaking their mind and not adhering to ‘political correctness’.

Headlines such as “Dan Bilzerian throws porn-star off a roof”, “Dan Bilzerian arrested at LAX on federal bomb-making charges”, Dan admits, are designed to grab attention. And that a great deal of the attention he attracts are as a result of these exaggerated out-of-context stories that don’t necessarily report the news authentically. Bilzerian agrees that such a culture is being monopolised by such figures as Donald Trump to maintain popularity.

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With 44 million people watching his lavish antics, Dan believes the Dan Bilzerian phenomenon comes down to his audience’s envy of his lifestyle. Describing it as ‘unfortunate’ that the average person does what they’re told to do by society. Eluding to the idea that ‘stepping outside the box’ would lead people to a more exciting life.

Social media was ‘just a tool to get laid’.

When Bilzerian is described as a ‘social media genius’ and asked how it was done, Dan explains that it all began as a convenient way to ‘get laid’. An objective that he was less successful in during high school and, of course, Navy SEAL training. He elaborates that he became a “flashy lunatic” as a result of not getting enough attention as a child. Growing up in a wealthy family, Dan explains that his father chose not to indulge in the fast boats, fancy cars and expensive watches, but his neighbours did. So, when he made his own money, he couldn’t resist the temptation.

Fame is isolating.

“The more the spotlight is on you, the more you don’t want it.” Dan says echoing the sentiment of many in the spotlight. Adding his own spin on this, he says “Just going out is such a production… You need security, you know you’re going to have to take a bunch a pictures and talk to people. And if you go out and you’re fucking high, you don’t wanna talk to a bunch of strangers. You know?” He describes having considered swimming around a group of fans while tripping on magic mushrooms on a peninsula in the Greek island of Mykonos.

Dan Bilzerian on magic mushrooms.

Reflecting on a piece of philosophy Dan posted on his instagram from Alan Watts, he exclaims: “Pleasure seeking is not the same as going after happiness.” and “Later in life, you start to realise that doing shit for other people makes you more stoked than buying shit for yourself.” He then goes on to describe Watts’ view of God as a collective essence of everyone and everything. While on the topic of God and the divine, Dan reveals his self-awareness saying that “Chasing money and girls is not what brings you happiness, but I still fucking do it”.

When asked where he does find happiness, Dan Bilzerian lists; adventure, building things, helping others, surfing, being out in the sun, working out, and of course, sex. Dan describes the best day of his life which was spent on a beach taking magic mushrooms with his best friends.

Chapters

00:00 | Trailer
04:15 | Dan Bilzerian on London
06:05 | Henry David Theroux
10:26 | Dan Bilzerian’s Social Strategy
11:43 | A self described “flashy lunatic”
12:32 | Is Bilzerian true to himself?
14:04 | Pleasure vs. happiness
17:04 | What makes Dan happy
18:32 | The best day of his life
19:31 | The downside of being rich
27:16 | Dan Bilzerian on drugs
35:05 | The state of social media
42:01 | Bilzerian’s social media marketing
44:35 | Money and girls are like a black hole
56:49 | Poker playing business acumen
1:09:34 | How to spend time with women
1:11:28 | Bilzerian’s advice on women
1:16:56 | Dan’s one rule for relationships
1:23:23 | Dan’s Bilzerian’s childhood in Tampa
1:27:24 | Dan Bilzerian: Navy SEAL
1:32:47 | Will Dan have children?
1:33:45 | CBD Brand, Ignite
1:34:24 | Dan’s daily practice
1:35:18 | Dan’s superpower
1:37:49 | What scares Dan Bilzerian?
1:40:00 | Surprises fromv Dan Bilzerian
1:42:20 | Does Dan Bilzerian give to charity?
1:42:52 | What keeps Dan awake at night?
1:49:07 | Best advice Dan ever received
1:49:50 | Advice to the 20 year olds watching
1:51:11 | Brian’s summing up

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