Lessons From "12 Rules For Life" - Jordan B. Peterson

15 Nov 2022

1. "Stand up straight with your shoulders back."

People will look down on you if you stand like a weakling. 

Stand with confidence and it will change your brain's chemistry. 

You will gain status easier. 

Women like it too.

2. "Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping."

People will move heaven and Earth to get their dog healthy but will then sit on the couch eating chips all day. 

Care for yourself like you care for your:


3. "Make friends with people who want the best for you."

Surround yourself with people who have dreams and are working towards them.

A lot of people will act like your friend until you make them look bad with your success - avoid these people.

4. "Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today."

Everyone is writing their own book (life), some are on chapter 20, some are on chapter 3.

We all have our own path.

Focus on your path.

5. "Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them."

Do not seek friendship with your child when they're young. 

They will lose all respect for you. 

Care for your child, but you must discipline them.

6. "Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world." 

Many people want to change the world but can't organize their laundry. 

Shifting blame on society is a waste of time. 

We as individuals are responsible for the problems of the world.

7. "Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)." 

Life is suffering and many people pursue the fast life:


In order for you to overcome the pain of life, you must find a larger-than-life dream to devote yourself to.

8. "Tell the truth - or, at least, don't lie."

Every time you lie a new reality spawns that you have to keep track of. 

It is harder to tell the truth in the short term but ALWAYS worth it in the long term.

9. "Assume that the person you're listening to might know something you don't." 

When you're talking with someone, don't just be waiting for your turn to talk. 

Listen to them. 

You can learn something from anyone.

10. "Be precise in your speech." 

Don't beat around the bush. 

And always be specific about your goals. 

If you can determine the details of the goals, they'll be easier to achieve.


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