12 Rules for Life is a wonderful book written by clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson. Filled with wisdom and wit – the book includes information that I knew, did not know, and information I knew but did not know I knew.
5 of my favourite quotes from the book
- “Tell the truth – or, at least, don’t lie.”
- “If we start aiming at something different—something like “I want my life to be better”—our minds will start presenting us with new information, derived from the previously hidden world, to aid us in that pursuit… And after doing so, after improving, we might pursue something different or higher – something like, “I want whatever might be better than just my life being better.” And then we enter a more elevated and more complete reality.”
- “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.”
- “Perhaps you are overvaluing what you don’t have and undervaluing what you do.”
- “Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.”
The book is a stern, story-based, and entertaining self-help manual for young people that lays out a set of simple principles that can help us become more disciplined, behave better, act with integrity, and balance our lives while enjoying them as much as we can. I wish this book had been around to read when I was 18.
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
Drawing on his own work as a clinical psychologist and on lessons from humanity’s oldest myths and stories, Peterson offers 12 profound and realistic principles to live by. After all, as he reminds us, we each have a vital role to play in the unfolding destiny of the world.
Deep, rewarding and enlightening, 12 Rules for Life is a lifeboat built solidly for stormy seas: ancient wisdom applied to our contemporary problems.