Jordan Peterson

12 Rules for Life

An Antidote to Chaos

12 Rules for Life Summary

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is a 2018 self-help book by Canadian clinical psychologist and psychology professor Jordan Peterson. The book provides life advice through essays on abstract ethical principles, psychology, mythology, religion, and personal anecdotes.

Who is this book for?

  • Readers who are interested in persuasive and leadership-oriented books.
  • People who need to use persuasion to generate sales or inspire change.
  • Anyone interested to learn how to use why to get desired results.

Meet the author

Jordan Bernt Peterson (born June 12, 1962) is a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His main areas of study are in abnormal, social, and personality psychology, with a particular interest in the psychology of religious and ideological belief, and the assessment and improvement of personality and performance.

12 Rules for Life Summary

Fix Your Posture, Care For Yourself And Help Others

The way you reflect on how people see you, so elevate yourself, and people will perceive you highly and treat you with respect and in better ways. Carrying yourself highly will also raise your self-esteem. You may have been having terrible problems in your life, but as you physically carry yourself in good posture, it elevates you, and people view you distinctly as of high status.

Taking care of yourself concerning your health and wellbeing will enable you to take care of other people’s needs and rewarding yourself for the unpleasant tasks you achieved. Make it your primary mission in this life for caring for yourself. Taking care of yourself helps in identifying the needs of others and serving them perfectly well. Serve others the way you serve yourself and, most importantly, do not neglect.

Have A Circle of People Who Are in Support of Your Success And Stop Comparing Your Success With Others 

Allow people who believe in you and are in support of carrying you to high status in life than you have. Avoid mediocrely and people who do not delight in your success. Have sincere people with good intentions in your life. Have good people that will still have faith in you even when you stopped believing in yourself. Cut them of your life are the can be lethal to your success and a significant obstacle in achieving much in life. 

Avoid comparing yourself to what other people have achieved or are doing. Define your own goals and move at your own pace to make sure you achieve it. It does not matter what your friends or people around you have achieved. Stop stressing yourself and work on your goals to ensure you succeed in your ways.

Avoid people who will always want you to support them without reciprocating the same. There should be no obligation that ties you to helping people who themselves into trouble. Have acquaintances who are above you so that you can be able to learn from them and admire what they have achieved

Stop Accusing the World and take control of your life

Life is full of challenges, and we all go through difficult times. However, difficult times give us chances to learn and reorganize our lives better. Stop blaming others for the bad things happening in your life. Be open-minded and take life lessons. Have control of yourself, think positively, and forge forward towards achieving your objectives. 

 Bad times do not last forever. Always remember all people experience bad things though the intensity may differ. Do everything in your power to solve the problems in your life. Before pointing a finger towards others, question your responsibility in all that is happening, and act on it.

Question yourself on what you may be doing wrong that predisposes you to the problems you are having. Change the way you do things and soldiers ahead for good times to come.

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“It took untold generations to get you where you are. A little gratitude might be in order. If you’re going to insist on bending the world to your way, you better have your reasons.” 

― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

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