A Review of “12 Essential Rules for Life” by Jordan Peterson

Are you tired of feeling lost and directionless in life? Well, have no fear, because Jordan Peterson is here to save the day with his book “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.” This book is a must-read for anyone looking to gain a little perspective and direction in their life. It’s not a magic solution to all your problems, but it’s a great starting point for anyone looking to take control of their life and become the best version of themselves.

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First off, let me give you a little background on Dr. Peterson. He’s a clinical psychologist, professor, and all-around life guru who has made a name for himself with his no-nonsense approach to self-improvement. In “12 Rules for Life,” he lays out a clear and concise roadmap for how to live a fulfilling and meaningful life, using storytelling and personal anecdotes to illustrate his points, making the book relatable and enjoyable to read.

The book is divided into 12 chapters, each one focusing on a different rule for life. From “Stand up straight with your shoulders back” to “Do not bother children when they are skateboarding,” Peterson’s rules are a mixture of the practical and the profound. He delves into topics like the importance of taking responsibility for your actions, the dangers of identity politics, and the power of storytelling.

Now, I know what you might be thinking, “But wait, a book about rules sounds boring and restrictive.” Au contraire, my friend. Peterson’s rules are more like guidelines for how to navigate the complexities of life. He encourages readers to think for themselves and find their own path, rather than blindly following a set of rules.

One of the things I appreciated most about this book is Peterson’s ability to take complex ideas and make them accessible to a wide audience. He uses storytelling and personal anecdotes to illustrate his points, making the book a relatable and enjoyable read.

Key takeaways from Jordan Peterson’s Book

  1. “Stand up straight with your shoulders back” – This is the first rule and it sets the tone for the whole book. Peterson argues that our posture and body language can have a profound impact on our mental state. By standing tall and confident, we can change our mindset and become more resilient in the face of adversity.
  2. “Treat yourself like you would someone you are responsible for helping” – This rule is all about self-care and self-compassion. Peterson encourages us to be kind and patient with ourselves, instead of constantly criticizing and berating ourselves.
  3. “Make at least one thing better every single place you go” – This rule is about taking responsibility for our actions and making a positive impact in the world. Peterson argues that even small actions can make a big difference over time.
  4. “Compare yourself with who you were yesterday, not with who someone else is today” – This rule is about avoiding the trap of comparing ourselves to others and focusing on our own progress and growth.
  5. “Do not bother children when they are skate-boarding” – This rule is about respecting boundaries and allowing others to pursue their passions without interference.
  6. “Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street” – This rule is about the importance of taking time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life and finding joy in small moments.
  7. “Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)” – This rule is about setting goals and prioritizing what is truly important to us, rather than just chasing after what is easy or convenient.
  8. “Tell the truth, or at least, don’t lie” – This rule is about the importance of honesty and integrity in our relationships and interactions with others. Peterson emphasizes that lying and deceit can cause more harm than good in the long run.
  1. “Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t” – This rule is about humility and open-mindedness. Peterson encourages us to approach conversations and interactions with curiosity and a willingness to learn from others.
  2. “Be grateful in spite of your suffering” – This rule is about finding gratitude and positivity in difficult times. Peterson argues that suffering can be a powerful tool for personal growth and transformation if we approach it with a positive attitude.
  3. “Do not do things that you hate” – This rule is about avoiding self-sabotage and pursuing activities that bring us joy and fulfillment. Peterson encourages us to take inventory of our activities and eliminate those that drain us or make us unhappy.
  4. “Peterson’s last rule is about the importance of creating something that will outlast you” – This rule is about leaving a legacy and making a lasting impact on the world. Peterson argues that we all have the potential to create something meaningful that will outlive us, whether it be a work of art, a business, or a family.

My Thought

Overall, “12 Essential Rules for Life” by Jordan Peterson is a thought-provoking and powerful book that will leave you feeling inspired and motivated to take control of your life. Peterson’s no-nonsense approach to self-improvement is refreshing and relatable, making it a must-read for anyone looking to gain a little perspective and direction in their life. So, stand up straight with your shoulders back and get ready to take on the world with the wisdom of Jordan Peterson by your side.

Stay positive, follow these rules and you’ll be amazed by how much they can improve your life. Good luck on your journey and remember – you are worth it!

Cheers,

eBongBong

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