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Book Summary: 12 Rules For Life Summary

Book Summary, Review & Quotes:12 Rules For Life

12 Rules For Life Book Review

  • Humorous, surprising and informative
  • Could be too religious for some, there are quite a number of bible reference
  • Life changing advice
  • Too preachy and long winded

Author Jordan Peterson Summary

12 Rules For Life Book Quotes

Dare to be dangerous. Encourage the serotonin to flow plentifully through the neural pathways desperate for its calming influence.

“He whose life has a why can bear almost any how.”

“Happy” is by no means synonymous with “good.”

The winners don’t take all, but they take most, and the bottom is not a good place to be.

Winning at everything might only mean that you’re not doing anything new or difficult.

Life is suffering. That’s clear. There is no more basic, irrefutable truth

To have meaning in your life is better than to have what you want

12 Rules For Life List

Rule 1: Stand Up Straight With Your Shoulders Back

To stand up straight with your shoulders back means building the ark that
protects the world from the flood,

Quit drooping and hunching around.

Speak your mind. Put your desires forward, as if you had a right to them

Rule 2: Treat Yourself like Someone You Are Responsible For Helping

You need to know where you are, so you can start to chart your course

Define who you are. Refine your personality. Choose your destination and articulate your Being

Rule 3: Make Friends With People Who Wants The Best Of You

It’s a good thing, not a selfish thing, to choose people who are good for you

If you surround yourself with people who support your upward aim, they will not tolerate your cynicism and destructiveness.

They will instead encourage you when you do good for yourself and others and punish you carefully when you do not.

Rule 4: Compare Yourself To Who You Were Yesterday Not to Who Someone Else Is Today

No matter how good you are at something, or how you rank your accomplishments, there is someone out there who makes you look incompetent.

Ask yourself…“What is it that is bothering me?” “Is that something I could fix?” and “Would I actually be willing to fix it?” If you find that the answer is “no,” to any or all of the questions, then look elsewhere. Aim lower.

Rule 5: Don’t Let Your Children Do Anything That Makes You Hate Them

You love your kids, after all. If their actions make you dislike them, think
what an effect they will have on other people, who care much less about them than you.

Those other people will punish them, severely, by omission or commission. Don’t allow that to happen.

Better to let your little monsters know what is desirable and what is not, so they become sophisticated denizens of the world outside the family.

Rule 6: Set Your House In Perfect Order Before You Criticize The World

Start to stop doing what you know to be wrong. Start stopping today. Don’t waste time questioning how you know that what you’re doing is wrong, if you are certain that it is.

Inopportune questioning can confuse, without enlightening, as well as deflecting you from action.

You can know that something is wrong or right without knowing why.

Rule 7: Pursue What Is Meaningful Not What Is Expedient

Expedience is the following of blind impulse. It’s short-term gain. It’s narrow, and selfish. It lies to get its way.

Meaning is its mature replacement. Meaning emerges when impulses are regulated, organized and unified.

Meaning trumps expedience. Meaning gratifies all impulses, now and forever. That’s why we can detect it.

To have meaning in your life is better than to have what you want, because you may neither know what you want, nor what you truly need.

Rule 8: Tell The Truth or At Least Don’t Lie

To tell the truth is to bring the most habitable reality into Being. Truth builds edifices that can stand a thousand years.

Truth is the ultimate, inexhaustible natural resource. It’s the light in the darkness.

Rule 9: Assume The Person You’re Listening To Know Something You Don’t

It’s amazing what people will tell you if you listen. Sometimes if you listen to
people they will even tell you what’s wrong with them.

Sometimes they will even tell you how they plan to fix it. Sometimes that helps you fix something wrong with yourself.

Routinely summarize what people have said to you, and ask them if you have understood properly.

If you listen, instead, without premature judgment, people will generally tell you everything they are thinking—and with very little deceit. People will tell you the most amazing, absurd, interesting things.


Rule 10: Be Precise In Your Speech

You must determine where you have been in your life, so that you can know where you are now. If you don’t know where you are, precisely, then you could be anywhere.

You must determine where you are going in your life, because you cannot get there unless you move in that direction.

Say what you mean, so that you can find out what you mean. Act out what you say, so you can find out what happens.

Then pay attention. Note your errors. Articulate them. Strive to correct them. That is how you discover the meaning of your life.

Rule 11: Don’t Bother Children When They Are Skateboarding

Women don’t want boys. They want men. They want someone to contend with; someone to grapple with. If they’re tough, they want someone tougher. If they’re smart, they want someone smarter.

The spirit that interferes when boys are trying to become men is, therefore, no more
friend to woman than it is to man.

Rule 12: Pet A Cat or Dog When you Encounter One On The Street

People can survive through much pain and loss. But to persevere they must see the good in Being. If they lose that, they are truly lost.

Steal ten or twenty minutes to do some little ridiculous thing that distracts you or reminds you that you can laugh at the absurdity of existence

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