12 Rules for Life
by Jordan B. Peterson
Friendship is a two-way arrangement. You are not morally obliged to support someone who is making the world a worse place. You should choose people who want things to be better, not worse.
These are my informal notes from 12 Rules for Life. It contains a mix of key highlights as well as my own thoughts and lessons.
- It’s appropriate and praiseworthy to associate with people whose lives would be improved if they saw your life improve.
- Michelangelo’s great perfect marble David cries out to its observers: “You could be more than you are.”
- In case your internal voice makes you doubt the value of your endeavors, maybe it’s time to stop listen?
- Ask yourself for voluntary contribution, what would you be willing to do?
Pay attention to what bothers you.
- Could you fix it?
- Would you be willing to fix it?
- Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
- You have to say something, go somewhere, and do things, to get turned on. Otherwise you remain incomplete.
- Don’t say yes when it’s clearly time to say no.
- When you say untrue things you weaken your character.
- Don’t be a judge of the human race — cut yourself some slack.
- “What have I done wrong, and what can I do now to set things at least a little bit right?”
- Tomorrow, to to do as much good possible in the shortest period of time.