12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson

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Synopsis

12 Rules for Life: An antidote to chaos by Jordan Peterson is Jordan Peterson’s attempt to condense all his life advice into 12 rules.

Key Takeaways

Rule 1 - stand up straight with your shoulders back
Carrying yourself in the right posture not only changes other’s perception of you, it also has an effect on your body’s chemistry.
Rule 2 - treat yourself like you are someone you are responsible for helping
We need to first look after ourselves, before we have the capacity and capability to look after others.
Rule 3 - make friends with people who want the best for you
Friends or rather, relationships, play a big part in where we go in our lives. Choose them wisely.
Rule 4 - compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today
Everyone is unique. Therefore, it is pointless to compare yourself with someone else.
Rule 5 - do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them
Like any relationship, be open and honest with your child. Reward good behaviours and follow through with consequences for bad behaviour.
Rule 6 - set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world
The destructive behaviour we see is a reflection of that person’s chaotic inner self.
Rule 7 - pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)
Do the right thing. Don’t lie or be dishonest.
Rule 8 - tell the truth — or, at least, don’t lie
Lies only leads to more and bigger lies in an attempt to cover up the original lie. Leading to a state of indenial.
Rule 9 - assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t
We do not know everything. And we certainly do not know what it is like from the other person’s point of view without letting them describe it to us.
Rule 10 - be precise in your speech
Precision in details is important. Telling your doctor the exact symptoms you are experiencing will greatly help improve the doctor’s accuracy to diagnose your problem.
Rule 11 - do not bother children when they are skate-boarding
Children need room for growth.
Rule 12 - pet a cat when you encounter one on the street
Embrace the randomness that is the world and/or nature.

Extra Notes

Rule 11.11

Take caution when reading Rule 11.11. Where Peterson describes a toxic workplace where an individual is bullied by his senior coworkers, and that bullying progressively gets worse over time.

What those bullies did is illegal and outright disgusting. The key point here is, if you have read the previous rules and have a better understanding of the instinctual aspect of human beings. You should understand why the bullies behaved the way they did. And Peterson explains how one should respond to such cues.

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