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12 Rules For Life - Book 3/52 (2020) - 2020/01/21

Written by a clinical psychologist and psychology professor, a self-help book on how to conduct yourself, which encourages you to take responsibility for your life.

Book link: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos - Jordan B. Peterson.

Included quite a few comparisons of religious and mythological stories with I felt was a bit much by the end. I had originally tried to read this a while ago on Kindle but stopped for this reason, but it was easier to push through on the audible version.

The actual rules:

  1. Stand up straight with your shoulders back
  2. Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping
  3. Make friends with people who want the best for you
  4. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today
  5. Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them
  6. Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world
  7. Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)
  8. Tell the truth – or, at least, don’t lie
  9. Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t
  10. Be precise in your speech
  11. Do not bother children when they are skateboarding
  12. Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street

I don’t think many people could disagree with the rules on principle, though many will require reading the relevant chapter to understand what the rule is meant to be getting at, e.g. “Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street” = notice and enjoy the little things.

It felt a little repetitive in some stages, but otherwise came across as an honest and thought provoking book, including many of the authors personal experiences in relation to some of the rules.