Perhaps you are overvaluing what you don’t have and undervaluing what you do.
Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
I have been a fan of Jordan Peterson’s for a very long time. The man is a living legend. His book “12 Rules for Life” sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Very few things are more enjoyable in life than watching him crush his opponents with unbeatable logic. His lectures get more views every year, despite the fact that he covers the same topics, slightly adjusted. Without any further ado, here’s why I choose to live by Jordan Peterson’s rules:
- He is an expert in his field. As a clinical psychologist, JP has gathered enough knowledge and experience to be considered a top professional. His academic career contributed massively to establishing his professional authority. I trust the information provided by Jordan Peterson is reliable and essential.
- He is human. Jordan Peterson has had depression since he was 13. He knows what it’s like to be human. Moreover, he is not ashamed of being vulnerable. And I, for one, am ready to take advice from one who is not just a robot full of information but who understands the complexity of being human.
- The rules are on the low-effort-high-impact side of the spectrum. It takes time to form a habit, but once you’re done, it starts working for you. The return on your investment is almost immediate and also long-term, provided that you keep to your habits. I started with the first rule and tried to keep my back straight. Although challenging, it’s not impossible. The best part is that I don’t even think about it nowadays, and I never hunch.
- They cultivate self-discipline. When you don’t want to make your bed in the morning, but you push through and do it anyway, you build character. The same happens when you get up instead of hitting the snooze button or doing the dishes right after you’ve had your meal. Back in the day, I used to think I was a weak man. And I was not wrong. Listening to Professor Peterson’s lectures and reading “12 Rules for Life” several times, I willingly became more disciplined. And that made me stronger. Every time we do something we don’t like, but which is good for us, we become a little stronger.
- They make me more organized. Well, after all, the book claims to be an antidote to chaos. And it does deliver. I learned from JP that cleaning and decluttering my room would help me think better, see things more clearly. I was struggling to make an important life decision at some point. And my place was an absolute mess because I was frustrated all the time and kept tossing my clothes around, and everything seemed to be in my way. In hindsight, it was the other way around: the messy room was stopping me from thinking clearly. So instead of panicking, I started cleaning and organizing. And by the end of the day, I had a clean room and the best decision.
I can go on forever about how Jordan Peterson and his work changed my life for the better. However, that’s not my goal. I am sharing because it is valuable. Modern literature is full of verbose stories that teach you nothing. Read 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, or watch one of Peterson’s lectures. You will gain value you didn’t know existed.