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Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.
What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant, and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure, and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith, and human nature while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its listeners.
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By Bobby n. on 02-02-18
This is my favorite self-help book I have ever read!
In this book, I found what I have been lying to myself about. I have been trying to climb my way up the dominance hierarchy by being successful in the world’s eyes. I’ve been trying to raise my status to make me more attractive to a potential wife. I’ve been doing this by being successful in business, eating healthy, reading books, working out, trying to gain fame, and becoming surface level friends with high status individuals. However, I realized in this book that a lot of it is a farce. I have mainly been doing these things to avoid doing the hard work that terrifies me: deep, meaning relationships. This book isn’t really about that, but a good part of it is about cleaning out your own closet before you try to save the world. I think anyone can read this book and realize another dragon they have been ignoring. I am going to start it again soon, and I have already made hard moves and had challenging conversations towards cleaning up my personal relationships. Maybe a year from now I will actually be someone that someone great wants to marry instead of just looking like someone who is. Thank you Jordan Peterson.
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By Free Debreuil on 01-24-18
The cure to find meaning in a meaningless world
If you could sum up 12 Rules for Life in three words, what would they be?
Ancient Modern Wisdom
Who was your favorite character and why?
The underdog lobster has to be the best. Some antidepressants and he's right back in the fight.
What about Jordan B. Peterson’s performance did you like?
I liked his intellectual honesty and also he is a good narrator.
What did you learn from 12 Rules for Life that you would use in your daily life?
If you do not run from your suffering, one day you will overcome it.
Venture into the unknown and slay the dragon of chaos.
Share the treasure.
And become some sort of hero.
How to live a meaningful life, in a practical way.
Any additional comments?
If you like Jordan Peterson, Jocko Willink has similar ideas from a very different perspective, also worth checking out.
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