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12 Rules for Life

Chinmay Anand's Key Ideas from 12 Rules for Life
by Jordan B. Peterson

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Understand yourself !

1. You can only find out what you actually believe (rather than what you think you believe) by watching how you act. You simply don’t know what you believe, before that. You are too complex to understand yourself.


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Complexity of existence.

2.Ideologies are substitutes for true knowledge, and ideologues are always dangerous when they come to power, because a simple-minded I-know-it-all approach is no match for the complexity of existence.


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Observe your move!

3.You must determine where you are going in your life, because you cannot get there unless you move in that direction. Random wandering will not move you forward. It will instead disappoint and frustrate you and make you anxious and unhappy and hard to get along with (and then resentful, and then vengeful, and then worse).


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See yourself & always !

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


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Where is the improvement?

5.In the West, we have been withdrawing from our tradition-, religion- and even nation-centred cultures, partly to decrease the danger of group conflict. But we are increasingly falling prey to the desperation of meaninglessness, and that is no improvement at all.


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Character beats Power !

6.The better ambitions have to do with the development of character and ability, rather than status and power. Status you can lose. You carry character with you wherever you go, and it allows you to prevail against adversity.


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Highest form of Wisdom.

7.listen to yourself and to those with whom you are speaking. Your wisdom then consists not of the knowledge you already have, but the continual search for knowledge, which is the highest form of wisdom.


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8.Always place your becoming above your current being.


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Declutter your mind !

9.People organize their brains with conversation. If they don't have anyone to tell their story to, they lose their minds. Like hoarders, they cannot unclutter themselves.


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Dream to fix yourself first.

10.It is my firm belief that the best way to fix the world—a handyman’s dream, if ever there was one—is to fix yourself.


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Make your vision Worth living.

11. What you aim at determines what you see.


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Do not weaken your Character.

12. If you betray yourself, if you say untrue things, if you act out a lie, you weaken your character.


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