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  • Writer's pictureThomas Ashcroft

What 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos Means for me.

Written in 2018, Jordan Petersen released his book was very warmly received. It has effectively escalated him into a well-known and well-followed individual. Some think he is quite polarising.


Personally, I think he is amazing and that the world has taken him out of context.


In his book, Jordan offers a thought-provoking perspective to navigate the complex world in a descriptive way that helps the audience understand in much simpler terms.

 

Stand up straight with your shoulders back: This rule encourages individuals to embody confidence and assertiveness, both physically and metaphorically. For me, This means that maintaining good posture shows the world how you want to be seen. You are confident in yourself and that shows to the external world. The positive reinforcement of projecting that confidence.

 

Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping: Peterson emphasises the importance of self-care and self-compassion. By valuing and taking care of oneself, individuals can better contribute to the well-being of others and society as a whole. For me, Recognise the importance of self-care and prioritise your well-being. By nurturing and valuing yourself, you can better contribute to the welfare of others. It reminds you to extend the same kindness, compassion, and support to yourself as you would to someone you care about.

 

Make friends with people who want the best for you: Surrounding oneself with positive and supportive individuals fosters personal growth and encourages the pursuit of meaningful relationships. Choosing friends who genuinely care about one's well-being helps create an environment conducive to self-improvement. For me, Surround yourself with positive and supportive individuals who genuinely care about your growth and well-being. Building relationships with such people encourages personal development, provides a strong support system, and fosters an environment of mutual growth and empowerment.

 

Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today: Rather than falling into the trap of constant comparison to others, this rule suggests focusing on personal progress. By setting realistic goals and striving for self-improvement, individuals can experience a sense of fulfilment and avoid unnecessary feelings of inadequacy. For me, Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today: Focus on your personal progress and growth rather than constantly comparing yourself to others. By setting achievable goals and striving to become a better version of yourself each day, you can measure your success based on your individual journey and avoid feelings of inadequacy.

 

Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them: Parenting advice lies at the core of this rule. Peterson stresses the importance of setting boundaries and instilling discipline in children. By guiding them with love and structure, parents can raise responsible and well-adjusted individuals. For me, Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them: As a parent, it means setting boundaries and instilling discipline while showing love and guidance. By creating a nurturing environment for your children, you can help them develop into responsible, respectful, and well-rounded individuals.

 

Set your house in perfect order before you criticise the world: Before attempting to change or criticise the external world, individuals should first take responsibility for their own lives. This rule encourages introspection and personal growth as a foundation for effecting positive change in the broader society. For me, set your house in perfect order before you criticise the world: Before seeking to change or critique the world around you, take responsibility for your own life. This rule encourages introspection and self-improvement, ensuring that you have a solid foundation from which to enact positive change and contribute to the betterment of society.

 

Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient): Choosing a path aligned with personal values and aspirations leads to a more fulfilling life. Peterson advocates for pursuing meaningful endeavours, even if they require effort and sacrifice, as they provide a deeper sense of purpose and satisfaction. For me, Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient): Identify and pursue endeavours that align with your values and bring you a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Prioritize long-term meaning and personal growth over short-term convenience or superficial gains. By engaging in meaningful pursuits, you can lead a more satisfying and purpose-driven life.

 

Tell the truth—or, at least, don't lie: Honesty forms the basis of trust and meaningful relationships. This rule underscores the importance of integrity and the avoidance of deceit. Peterson emphasizes the transformative power of truth, both in personal interactions and society at large. For me, Tell the truth—or, at least, don't lie: Embrace honesty and integrity in your interactions with others and yourself. Upholding truthfulness builds trust, strengthens relationships, and fosters personal growth. It also enables you to confront reality, face challenges head-on, and live an authentic and fulfilling life.

 

Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don't: Active and open-minded listening is crucial for personal growth and understanding. By approaching conversations with humility and receptiveness, individuals can learn from others and broaden their perspectives. For me, Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don't: Approach conversations with an open mind and a willingness to learn from others. Embracing this mindset allows you to gain new perspectives, expand your knowledge, and deepen your understanding of the world. It fosters empathy, collaboration, and personal growth.

 

Be precise in your speech: Clear and precise communication facilitates effective expression and understanding. This rule highlights the significance of choosing words carefully and articulating thoughts accurately, reducing the likelihood of miscommunication and conflict. For me, Be precise in your speech: Choose your words carefully and communicate clearly to enhance understanding and minimise misinterpretation. Precise speech promotes effective communication, helps you express your thoughts and emotions accurately, and minimises misunderstandings or conflicts.

 

Do not bother children when they are skateboarding: Metaphorically, this rule emphasises the importance of allowing children to explore and take calculated risks. It advocates for providing young individuals with opportunities for growth, autonomy, and the development of their unique abilities. For me, Do not bother children when they are skateboarding: Encourage children to explore, take calculated risks, and develop their unique skills and interests. This rule advocates for providing them with opportunities for growth, autonomy, and self-discovery. It reminds you to support their individuality and foster an environment that nurtures their passions.

 

Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street: Symbolising the appreciation of simple pleasures, this rule encourages individuals to find moments of joy and appreciate the beauty and goodness in everyday life. For me, Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street: This rule encourages you to appreciate the small joys and beauty in life. It serves as a reminder to find moments of happiness, to be present in the simple pleasures, and to cultivate gratitude for the little things that bring you joy and contentment.

If you haven't already, give it a read. It's worth it no matter what your view of Jordan are.

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