Monday, April 23, 2018

Notes From "12 Rules for Life" by Jordan Peterson

I took detailed notes on this book and reviewed it on my podcast, found here

Here is a link to the subreddit where the entire list of 42 rules that was the basis for the book is. 



Notes for “12 rules for life”

Rule 1: Stand up straight, with your shoulders back
  1. Get up at the same time, eat fat/protein rich breakfast.
  2. Acting dominant breeds serotonin release (fake it until you make it)
  3. Acting dominant leads people to see you as dominant, opening up more opportunities

Rule 2: Treat yourself like somebody you were responsible for helping
  1. Speak up for yourself as if you were doing so for others–don’t get bullied by yourself.
  2. We are made in God’s image, and thus have dignity
  3. Don’t make yourself merely happy,  but make yourself rather good. 

Rule 3: make friends with people who want the best for you
  1. People are tempted to hang out with people who are like them, don’t challenge them, because they don’t think they deserve better 
  2. Hanging out with lesser people usually brings you down rather than you bringing them up 

Rule 4: compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today. 
  1. It’s really hard today to be relatively good or successful compared to someone else
  2. We only see what we aim at. Therefore, aim at good things in life.
  3. Start small, better yourself in small ways and in small parts.

Rule 5: Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them. 
  1. Either you will discipline children, or the world will. Not disciplining leaves the world to eat them up.
  2. Ockhams razor: Limit the rules, and limit the force to enforce them. 
  3. Parents should come in pairs
  4. Parents should prepare their young for the real world

Rule 6: Set your house in perfect order, before you criticize the world 
  1. Start to stop doing what you know to be wrong. Clean up your life
  2. Wisdom of the ancients was hard won and should not be ignored. 

Rule 7:   Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient
  1. In a meaningless world, pursue hedonism. What else is there?
  2. Sacrifices are necessary to improve the future
  3. Never lie
  4. Avoid unnecessary suffering 

Rule 8: Tell the truth, or, at least, don’t lie 
  1. Taking the easy way out or telling the truth are vastly different ways through life. 
  2. When you lie, you weaken your character and ease more lying.

Rule 9: assume that the person your listening to knows something you don’t. 
  1. Letting people talk through stuff can be better than trying to talk
  2. Try to summarize what people have said before offering comment, and in this way you get to the gist of what was said, and avoid straw manning 
  3. When talking to a group, speak to the individual and work outwards as they represent the crowd

Rule 10: Be precise in your speech
  1. If you are lazy in your speech, small problems grow into big ones
  2. Sometimes speaking up and risking a fight is the most loving thing to do.
  3. There’s something in the woods and it might be a dragon but it might be a squirrel but if you don’t look it’s a dragon and you are a mouse!

Rule 11: Don’t bother kids while they are skateboarding
  1. Let children do dangerous things. Let them triumph over difficulty
  2. Men are being beaten in university, because they don’t fit the school structure. 
  3. Capitalism has lifted people out of poverty and greed all people, while ironically, communism led to the oppression and death of millions of people. 
  4. Group identity can be fractionated right down to the individual. Equality of outcome based on identity is untenable. 
  5. Women want men, not boys. Women want men who are stronger than they are. Men need to be able to flex their muscles, mentally and physically. 

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

  1. Sometimes what makes life worthwhile through suffering is the limitations that make us vulnerable, because without limits, life would be boring. 

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