12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Author: Jordan B. Peterson

Rating: 6/10

12 practical rules for life.

Even though I like to listen to Jordan Peterson’s interviews, and some of his world views even resonate with me, I’m still not quite sure that this book needs to be 416 pages long, hence lower than average rating.

File under “the books that should’ve been a blog post.”

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Highlights

Rule 1: Stand up straight with your shoulders back (make your body/mind honest, straight and strong).

Rule 2: Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping (be honest with yourself about your shortcomings and fix them)

Rule 3: Make friends with people who want the best for you (seek and keep honest, good friends).

Rule 4: Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today (focus only on your honest achievements).

Rule 5: Don’t let children do things that make you dislike them (be honest with your kids about life, and prepare them for it).

Rule 6: Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world (be honest with the world about your shortcomings before bashing its imperfection).

Rule 7: Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient (live life being honest with your feelings).

Rule 8: Tell the truth—or, at least, don’t lie (say only honest statements).

Rule 9: Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t (converse with an honest intention to learn).

Rule 10: Be Precise in Your Speech (make honestly condensed messages)

Rule 11: Don’t bother children when they are skateboarding (let less experienced people make honest efforts in risk-taking).

Rule 12: Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street (respect other beings – human included – that made honest efforts, despite how low their status is).

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