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What Are the 12 Rules for Life?

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

Jordan Peterson’s 12 rules for life are:

  • Rule 1: Stand Up Straight With Your Shoulders Back.
  • Rule 2: Treat Yourself Like Someone You Are Responsible for Helping.
  • Rule 3: Make Friends With People Who Want the Best for You.
  • Rule 4: Compare Yourself to Who You Were Yesterday, Not to Who Someone Else Is Today.
  • Rule 5: Do Not Let Your Children Do Anything That Makes You Dislike Them.
  • Rule 6: Set Your House in Perfect Order Before You Criticize the World.
  • Rule 7: Pursue What Is Meaningful (Not What Is Expedient).
  • Rule 8: Tell the Truth – Or, at Least, Don’t Lie.
  • Rule 9: Assume That the Person You Are Listening to Might Know Something You Don’t.
  • Rule 10: Be Precise in Your Speech.
  • Rule 11: Do Not Bother Children When They Are Skateboarding.
  • Rule 12: Pet a Cat When You Encounter One on the Street.

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