12 rules of life

Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules of Life is a fascinating read. Just that I haven’t been able to get to it yet. Nonetheless, that doesn’t stop me from hearing about him from his admirers (or even himself!) so much so that I think I may have solid insights on what the book’s all about. Blame podcasts and social media for that, alright?

That said, I wanted to cover off a version of my 12 rules inspired (well, compiled and curated) by his book, a blog post and a podcast based on his book, and a stoic version of his rules. They’re all great, but I just wanted to document mine here so that decades later I can compare notes as to how much I’ve evolved from what I am today.

Phew! That’s a mouthful (it sure feels that way when you’re hammering away your thoughts on your phone), isn’t it? Here are the rules:

  1. Live every day as if it’s your last day. Because it just may be.
  2. Every person you meet is fundamentally a human being. Despite the arrogance, idiocy or indifference they display. Be kind.
  3. Read.
  4. Set high standards for yourself but don’t expect others to live by your set of standards
  5. Be open. Not opinionated.
  6. Ask “what would your <favorite hero> do?” when faced with a tough decision.
  7. Practice good spending habits (keep in touch with poverty).
  8. What’s the worst that could happen? If it’ll hurt others, don’t do it. If not, consider doing it.
  9. Keep a list of what you’ve learned from other people (and remember to thank them often).
  10. Get up early every day—as early as you can.
  11. Strive to get stronger. Everyday.
  12. Do what feels right for you. Say what feels the right thing to say.

I know, I know… some of them are copied from the stoic version. But I can’t help it. They resonate so well with me and the life that I am (and want to) leading!

What are your rules? Do you have any? If not, what are you waiting for? Others to make rules for you? That’s fine if imprisonment appeals to you. Real freedom lies in creating, breaking and mastering your own rules.

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