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The 12 Rules of Life is set of rules to adhere by for social, mental and spiritual well being.

12 Rules for Life

12 Rules for Life

by Jordan B. Peterson


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Jordan B. Peterson: 12 Rules for Life

The 12 Rules of Life is a guide for anyone who craves for order, stability and a higher sense of purpose in life.

RULE 1: Stand up straight with your shoulders back.

Your posture can determine your societal status. If you appear to look weak, tired, or sloppy, you’ll be seen and treated as such. You’ll most likely be exploited, mistreated, or ripped off. Appear confident and you’ll be treated as a winner.

RULE 2: Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.

Fact: People are better at filling and properly administering prescription medication to their pets than to themselves.

You are important to other people, as much as to yourself. Consider the people who might depend on you, this might be you...

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

Don’t befriend someone because you think you can change his/her life. You might think you’re a strong, generous, well-put-together person who wants to do the right thing but you’ll end up doing more harm to yourself. Make friends with people who are already where you want...

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

When we compare ourselves to people who’ve excelled in a certain field or area of expertise. It does little good to us and often leaves us with the feeling of incompetence. Rather, we should compare our performance and effectiveness today to that of yesterday and always s...

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

Set clear rules for your children so they can be guided and know what’s the right thing to do and when. Most importantly, you don’t have to force them into doing things they don’t understand. Take time to make them understand why these rules are important and just how ben...

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

Before blaming the world for why it is what it is today ask yourself how you’ve contribute to it being a better place. If you cannot make your household clean, then don’t blame the community for being filthy. Always look within yourself before judging others for what they...

RULE 7: Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient).

Pursuing things that give us more meaning provides us with a sense of fulfillment and higher purpose. Do things that make you feel good and elevated. The sense of fulfillment you feel when the tree you planted five years ago is now home to over a hundred birds or a shade ...

RULE 8: Tell the truth—or, at least, don’t lie.

We’ve all lied at least once in our lives and have felt guilt for doing so. The problem with telling lies is how quickly it becomes a habit. It’s so easy to get out of a difficult situation with just a lie but the effects can be exponential. A single lie can make you lose your job, friends or bre...

RULE 9: Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t.

Rarely is listening done these days. If you’re going to listen to someone, at least listen attentively. Everyone needs to be heard and it’s how we think. Listening effectively, allows the person speaking to open up and express his/her thinking process, which can lead to some of the most amazing a...

RULE 10: Be precise in your speech.

Goals, when clarified become more attainable. Problems, when specified become easier to deal with. Being precise in your speech makes you sound less phony, more trustworthy, and honest. When engaged in or starting a conversation, try narrowing it down to a specific topic as it brings up unique in...

RULE 11: Do not bother children when they are skateboarding.

Danger is part of growing. Falling is not always as awful it sounds, sometimes it might just be an opportunity for us to progress into more resilient beings. There’s always a risk involved in growth and the path to mastery in any area of expertise is never safe as there will be hurdles and stumbl...

RULE 12: Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street.

Take advantage of the little opportunities you find anywhere and everywhere. Life is tough and that’s just how it is for everyone. Accept that suffering is an undeniable part of reality and life. Make the most of the happiness found in doing the little things.

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