Navigating the Complexities of Self and Society: Insights from Jordan Peterson | GratitudeSeries 41/60

In the 21st century, no self-respecting man can bypass the influence of Jordan Peterson, whose work, particularly "12 Rules for Life," has been pivotal in my personal and professional growth. Peterson's book began as a response to a simple question on Quora about life's most valuable lessons. Delving into history and sacred texts, he framed life's meaning around character development in the face of suffering, proposing a balance between order and chaos​​.

Each rule in Peterson's book resonates with a particular aspect of my journey. "Stand up straight with your shoulders back" speaks to the importance of posture and presence, reflecting dominance and confidence, much like lobsters in their social hierarchy​​. "Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping" and "Make friends with people who want the best for you" echo the need for self-care and nurturing relationships that propel us forward​​.

Peterson's advice to "Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today" aligns with my belief in personal growth and self-improvement, a principle that has guided me through challenging times​​. The rules "Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them" and "Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world" remind us of the importance of personal responsibility and the impact of our actions on those around us​​.

"Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)" and "Tell the truth—or, at least, don’t lie" have been particularly influential, encouraging me to seek purpose and authenticity in all my endeavors​​. "Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t" and "Be precise in your speech" emphasize the value of open communication and learning from others​​.

In "Do not bother children when they are skateboarding" and "Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street," Peterson speaks to the importance of embracing life's challenges and finding joy in small moments, lessons that have been instrumental in my own journey​​.

Peterson's recent speech at the Alliance for Responsible Citizenship resonated deeply with me, particularly his emphasis on taking responsibility for oneself as the foundation for a meaningful life. His vision aligns with what we're striving for at TheInternetOfValue - owning and responsibly using our data for personal and community growth.

In conclusion, Peterson's rules have been a beacon, guiding me to a higher plane of existence. They have been handwritten on stick notes on my wall, a constant reminder of the path I've chosen. They underscore the essence of TheInternetOfValue and the Wellbeing Protocol, affirming the importance of responsibility, growth, and well-being in our interconnected world.


  1. Peterson, J. B. (Year). 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. Publisher. URL

  2. The Internet of Value. (Year). TheInternetOfValue. URL

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