JORDAN B PETERSON LIFE ADVICE
Jordan B Peterson On Work Ethic
Show up on time.
Aim for promotion on the basis of your productivity and utility.
Be generous with sharing credit.
Make sure your goals at work line up with your goals in life.
Don’t be afraid to be your own advocate.
Listen carefully and tell the truth.
Eat a protein and fat rich breakfast every day.
Don’t sacrifice medium and long-term progress to expediency.
Get up early.
Do a couple of unpleasant but necessary tasks every day.
Read as much as you can.
Take your vacations.
Do the things you say you will do.
Take your coworkers to lunch.
Don’t sacrifice yourself to the point of resentment.
Learn to say „no“ when it is necessary.
Work hard on expanding and maintaining your social networks.
Put yourself in a position of strength before you negotiate.
Do not participate in office gossip.
Delegate enough to develop your juniors.
Learn to speak publicly.
Write clearly, carefully and concisely.
Buy clothes that are slightly better than you can afford.
Learn that responsibility and opportunity are synonymous.
Have an updated CV on hand at all times.
If you have to switch companies to advance your career, don’t be stopped by fear.
Fire people who demotivate others.
Let your juniors know when they do something particularly well.
Take some time off when your opportunities start to feel like obligations.
Have a home life.
Learn the difference between real work and pseudo-work.
Protect your time.
Surround yourself with straightforward, productive people.
Ask a question if you don’t know something.
Object to stupid new rules.
Jordan B Peterson On A Healthy Family
Encourage children through play.
Promote the best in people.
Keep the sacred fire burning.
Guard the women and children from harm.
Confront the eternal adversary.
Build the crystal palace.
Confront death with courage and return.
Dare to cut down a tree.
Offer your sons up as a sacrifice to God.
Protect your daughters from exploitation.
Store up wealth for the future.
Consult the ancestral spirits.
Read great books.
Speak the truth about unpleasant things.
Pay close attention.
Make a worthy temple for the Lord.
Keep the howling winds of winter at bay.
Stand up for the oppressed.
Provide a warm and secure home.
Be a prince of peace.
Don’t be too civilized.
Organize yourself with other men
Be faithful to your wife.
Be hospitable to friends and strangers.
Rout the wolves and chase the lions so the shepherds can eat.
Establish a destination – and a path.
Bring heaven to earth.
Take on the sins of the world.
Dig the wells and mine the gold and copper.
Gather everyone to the banquet.
Grow up and take responsibility.
Resist pride in all things.
Jordan B Peterson On Interacting With Society
Tell the truth.
Do not do things that you hate.
Act so that you can tell the truth about how you act.
Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient.
If you have to choose, be the one who does things, instead of the one who is seen to do things.
Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you need to know. Listen to them hard enough so that they will share it with you.
Plan and work diligently to maintain the romance in your relationships.
Be careful who you share good news with.
Be careful who you share bad news with.
Make at least one thing better every single place you go.
Imagine who you could be, and then aim single-mindedly at that.
Do not allow yourself to become arrogant or resentful.
Try to make one room in your house as beautiful as possible.
Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
Work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing and see what happens.
If old memories still make you cry, write them down carefully and completely.
Maintain your connections with people.
Do not carelessly denigrate social institutions or artistic achievement.
Treat yourself as if you were someone that you are responsible for helping.
Ask someone to do you a small favour, so that he or she can ask you to do one in the future.
Make friends with people who want the best for you.
Do not try to rescue someone who does not want to be rescued, and be very careful about rescuing someone who does.
Nothing well done is insignificant.
Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.
Dress like the person you want to be.
Be precise in your speech.
Stand up straight with your shoulders back.
Don’t avoid something frightening if it stands in your way — and don’t do unnecessarily dangerous things.
Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.
Do not transform your wife into a maid.
Do not hide unwanted things in the fog.
Notice that opportunity lurks where responsibility has been abdicated.
Read something written by someone great.
Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street.
Do not bother children when they are skateboarding.
Don’t let bullies get away with it.
Write a letter to the government if you see something that needs fixing — and propose a solution.
Remember that what you do not yet know is more important than what you already know.
Be grateful in spite of your suffering.
Jordan B Peterson On Meaningful Engagement
First, you might presume that you don’t know what the good life might be for you. You can guess, of course, and you can apply some practical generalizations (you need an intimate relationship, a meaningful career or occupation, reasonable health, and so on), but it is more productive to assume ignorance, initially.
Then, watch yourself for two weeks — as if (1) you don’t know who you are and (2) you are someone you are charged with caring for. Then notice, day to day, when you are engaged in an activity that is meaningful. During such a state, you will not be self-conscious, and you will not be aware of the passage of time. Also notice when you are engaged in an activity that makes you ashamed, or weakens you. This will often happen when you are saying or doing something that is false, to live up to some idea you have of yourself, or want other people to have of you.
Then, after the two week period, start doing more of the former, and less of the latter. It is also very helpful, when starting this process, to be very careful to tell the truth because, if you don’t, you will cloud your vision and it will be impossible for you to determine what is good for you and what is not.
You may well be surprised by what you find out about yourself.
Jordan B Peterson On Cultivating Oneself
To write well, you need first to know what you are talking about. Thus, you have to do your research. To do that, you have to know how to read, what to read, and where to find it. Then you have to be able to generate information, so that your writing is creative, and edit it, so that you separate the wheat from the chaff. Then you have to be able to organize your argument, at the level of the word, the sentence, the paragraph and the essay itself. If you can do that, you can organize your thoughts and, in consequence, your brain. Then you can help organize other brains, and other structures.
Maximum Time And Optimal Way To Study
- Don’t study more than 7.5 hours a day. You will just wear yourself out. More won’t help. You can’t learn when you are exhausted.
- Take a day off per week. Do something you like on that day. You are in this for the long haul, so you can’t wear yourself out. That would be counter-productive. Your job is to learn, not to prematurely die trying.
- Make a plan. What knowledge is most critical in each of the subjects? First, concentrate only on that. Imagine that you are first planning to obtain the easiest 50% in each study area.
- Study from low to high resolution. Familiarize yourself with the central ideas of the study areas. Then, and only then, concentrate on the details. This means that you have to broadly outline the study domain, as if you were summarizing it in essay format. I have produced a guide to such an outlining process here:
- Nap. A lot. Study for 2.5 hours. Take a break. Eat something. Do something mindless, like watching a Simpson’s episode. Then have a nap. That will refresh you, and also increase the probability that you will remember what you have studied. Sleeping helps consolidate memory.
- Study one topic for 2.5 hours. Then switch to another. Continue.
- Read. Then put down the book. Then summarize what you have read. Don’t look at what you were reading when you summarize. You have to practice recall, not repeatedly expose yourself to the same material. You are practicing remembering. That’s what makes you good at remembering. Going over the material ad nauseum won’t work. It just feels like work, without any of the actual difficulty of work (or the benefits). Don’t highlight or underline or anything useless and self-deceptive like that.
The most straightforward way to increase your energy at the end of the day is to have a brief nap — 20 to 45 minutes, sometimes longer. This will add 3-4 hours of productive time to your evening.
Jordan B Peterson On Opening Fire
1. There is no sense making unnecessary enemies. Life is hard and time is short enough to justify adroitly side-stepping ideological arguments and counter-arguments whenever you can. So, if you can shut up, it is often best to do so.
2. It is useful to stop talking if the person you are speaking to is not listening. When that happens the two of you are not in the same place and communication is not possible. When you continue speaking under such circumstances you are generally trying to push fate in a direction it is not currently willing to go.
Standard Human Life Checklist
1. Do you have a circle of friends, including at least one or two people that you can really talk to?
2. Do you have a close, intimate, romantic relationship?
3. Do you have a meaningful job, or educational path, or serious personal interest (or some combination thereof)?
4. Have you avoided problems with drugs or alcohol?
5. Do you have a realistic, meaningful plan for the future?
6. Are you in good physical health?
7. Do you have at least a necessary minimum of economic resources?
What Law Is For
If you are wronged, then you may feel a moral obligation to seek revenge. Imagine, for example, that your daughter or wife is raped. A functioning criminal justice system will help relieve you of that obligation (partly by acting on your account; partly by forbidding you to take revenge). By doing so, it will help ensure that every wrong, accidental or purposeful, does not launch an escalating war of retribution.
Jordan B Peterson On IQ And EQ
IQ is the most well-validated concept in the social sciences, bar none. It is an excellent predictor of academic performance, creativity, ability to abstract, processing speed, learning ability and general life success.
There are other traits that are important to general success, including conscientiousness, which is an excellent predictor of grades, managerial and administrative ability, and life outcomes, on the more conservative side.
It should also be noted that IQ is five or more times as powerful a predictor as even good personality trait predictors such as conscientiousness. The true relationship between grades, for example, and IQ might be as high as r = .50 or even .60 (accounting for 25-36% of the variance in grades). Conscientiousness, however, probably tops out at around r = .30, and is more typically reported as r = .25 (say, 5 to 9% of the variance in grades). There is nothing that will provide you with a bigger advantage in life than a high IQ. Nothing. To repeat it: NOTHING.
This is why academic psychologists almost never measure it. If you measure it along with your putatively „new“ measure, IQ will kill your ambitions. For the career minded, this is a no go zone. So people prefer to talk about multiple intelligences and EQ, and all these things that do not exist. PERIOD.
There is no such thing as EQ. Let me repeat that: „There is NO SUCH THING AS EQ.“ The idea was popularized by a journalist, Daniel Goleman, not a psychologist. You can’t just invent a trait. You have to define it and measure it and distinguish it from other traits and use it to predict the important ways that people vary.
Hell and Heaven
Hell is the worst corner of the underworld. The underworld is where you go when something tragic and unexpected happens in your life, and shatters your dreams. It is the place of confusion and disillusionment. Everyone has been to the underworld — and some do not come back. Hell is the corner you end up in when you are so confused and disillusioned that you become arrogant, resentful — and then cruel and vengeful. To be in hell is to wish for the eradication of existence, for the sake of revenge.
The Kingdom of Heaven is spread out upon the earth, but men do not see it. What does this mean? Heaven and hell exist now. We move between them, constantly. Some people are in hell. You can see them, if you pay attention, when you are walking down any major street in any city. Most people are in heaven, some of the time — but they are not fully conscious of it, because they don’t know to think that way (and they don’t know that they should strive above all to stay there).
From my perspective, both heaven and hell are real places, and people journey through each, occasionally — sometimes even during the same day. But people don’t really notice. A conscious person has noticed hell, and strives to avoid being there. A malevolent person works assiduously to increase the domain of hell. A good person improves the quality of experience whenever that is possible, for himself and others, and aims at that consciously.
Pay Attention and Speak True