40 Profound Life Rules from Jordan Peterson Everyone Should Know | High Existence

One of the wisest men on the planet shares his 40 greatest insights.

Many of you reading this will know and love Dr. Jordan B Peterson.

For those who don’t, I’m going to show you why you should.

Jordan Peterson is an award-winning lecturer at the University of Toronto, a practicing clinical psychologist, and the author of the revolutionary book on the psychology of religion Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief.

He is most famous, however, for his YouTube channel, which has 270,000+ subscribers. An insane amount considering most of his videos are over an hour long and cover very deep topics such as philosophy, mythology, psychology, and religion.

He is a man worth paying attention too.

On Quora, Jordan Peterson was asked this question:

“What are the most valuable things everyone should know?”

Instead of answering in a long essay, he wrote 40 maxims that I’ve presented below.

Before you read, keep in mind that these maxims are not your ordinary list of self-help tips.

They are simple. They are short. But they contain within each of them decades of study and thought.

Source: 40 Profound Life Rules from Jordan Peterson Everyone Should Know | High Existence

Hitching a Ride on the Cosmos | Menas Kafatos | Pulse | LinkedIn

The universe and the human brain have something important in common. The inner workings of both are invisible. At this moment you have no perception of what’s happening in your brain; neural activity is unknown to the mind of the person to whom the neurons belong without the invention of brain scans to reveal that activity, and then only crudely. Imagine, being a master of a house and not knowing or seeing what is inside the house.

Source: Hitching a Ride on the Cosmos | Menas Kafatos | Pulse | LinkedIn

Can Science Explain Who We Are by Deepak Chopra – YouTube

who you believe you are… — Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean

via who you believe you are… — Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean

“Got time? Spend it!”

“Got time? Spend it!”

An important insight into some of the things you can do when you have all the time in the world.

“Feed your brain.”

“Feed your brain.”

Different things can inspire us, motivate us, or make us think. The act of thinking alone is an exercise that allows our mind to explore alternative viewpoints, and gather new knowledge. Much like our bodies need nutrients, our minds also need stimulation. Think back to the last time you really stimulated your mind. What did you do?

I was fortunate enough to meet up with a few friends yesterday and meet someone who was a physicist. When I was younger, I used to love astronomy but I slowly let it fade into the background of life. Meeting this man was an opportunity to open my mind and have him try and fill it with what he knew. Our conversation turned to life, the universe and everything, and one of my friends asked him a complicated question: “What came before the big bang then?”

As a physicist who was used to some of these very complicated ideas, he tried to explain. “‘What came before?’ may not necessarily be the right question to ask.” And he proceeded to explain why. His reply was complicated, but he used many examples to eventually help us understand his reasoning. In the end, we were left with an image of our universe that was breathtaking, beautiful, and horrific at the same time.

Grasping these complex concepts took a bit of work. Occasionally we would ask him to give us a pause to process. But at the end of our discussion, all of us were left thinking. There was a kind of peaceful tranquility about having learned something new, and I could see it in his eyes too since he had just helped us all learn it (which had no doubt helped him process and articulate some otherwise very complication concepts).

Happiness can come from stimulation. But the feeling of “newness” doesn’t have to come from material possessions. It can come from new ideas, new perspectives, new experiences. Seek them out. A jolt of happiness and inspiration can be only one new idea away.

Brain Flash

Two of My Favourite Places for New Ideas
Ted – Ideas Worth Spreading

“Productivity can be its own reward.”

“Productivity can be its own reward.”

Our world is centered around productivity. At work, many of us are told to cram in as much work as we can into our hours to get as much done, so the cogs and wheels keep turning. Deadlines and timelines hang overhead ensuring that we stay on top of things and remain as productive as possible.

Recently, I’ve been noticing that productivity isn’t simply about avoiding missed deadlines, or getting things done. It can be a feeling of accomplishment as well. On days where I find myself less productive, I am sometimes left wishing I’d done more…but not because I will have more to do the next day, or because something was missed. I find myself wishing I’d done more simply because the feeling of making the most of every day can be a rewarding feeling on its own (there are a ton of entries about “letting go” and “taking it easy”, so on these days, that is how I should be approaching it).

Productivity isn’t just about how much work we fit into our work day. Its mostly about maximizing the things that you do in every minute of every day of your life. If you’re working, don’t be distracted by other more tempting things. If you’re relaxing, don’t be distracted by guilt, or work you COULD be doing.

That wonderful feeling of productivity stems from the fact that you can look back on a day and say: “I did my best”. THAT is the true definition of productivity, and that has its own rewards that can be isolated from the actual fruits of your labours. Meeting deadlines and getting things done is great, but looking back and knowing you were the best possible self and that you made the most of as many moments in the day, is an even greater reward.

Clock Productivity

“What do you believe in? What do you have faith in?”

“What do you believe in? What do you have faith in?”

While normally my entries encourage the exploration of WHY, this entry will return to the surface level and encourage you to ask yourself a simple question: “What do you believe in? what do you have faith in?” As adults, we have come face to face with so many realities that there are things we once believed that have moved from forward inspiration, to backward myth. We no longer believe in Santa Clause, the Tooth Fairy, Ghosts and so forth (many of us anyway). But if we have stopped believing in these, what do we believe in?

Do we believe in ourselves? Do we place our belief entirely in an external element, whether it is another person, or a deity? Take a moment to stop and ask yourself this question. Is there anything that you believe in? If so, take the strongest thing that you believed in at any point in your life…does it even compare? I’ve heard many describe “faith” as something that requires the most powerful of “beliefs” (I am sure others may disagree). Often, faith can be tied to religion, or God. Is it possible to believe in an idea/concept/analogy so strongly that it compares to that level of faith? I certainly think it is possible. But does faith require us to avoid exploring the question WHY, and seeking proof? Is faith simply wishful thinking brought into reality?

Sun in Hands

The journey of self-exploration is transfinite, an ocean so vast and so deep that exploring it entirely is almost impossible (imagine then how difficult it is to truly understand someone ELSE). But once you go deep enough, many things that “just were” become explainable (and as a caution, our explanations are often refined later on as we have more evidence). I’ve seen many adults question the world around them, ask WHY, which is an intellectual and spiritual exercise. But asking WHY has for some people cracked the foundations of the things they believed in because they discovered things were not as they originally believed.

Are there things that you now believe in that you did not believe in before? Has the quest to uncover the WHYs of life given you new things to believe in, while shattering old ones? If so, are these new beliefs more or less powerful than previous ones? Do you believe in them strongly? Are there things you wished you believed in more? What would it take for you to believe in them again? How do you define faith? Is it different from “belief”?

Many questions, many without answers. The ocean is always deeper than we expect…

Believe Shore

“Rather than brushing aside, ask WHY.”

“Rather than brushing aside, ask WHY.”

There are many things that we do and say throughout the day. Often, it’s just a product of our habits, and personality. Every once in a while though, we do or say something that seems to catch us off guard. It may sound like something we wouldn’t normally say, or it may be an action we wouldn’t usually take. Whatever it is, a small bit of reflection or introspection can be a great benefit when it happens.

Take a look at what you said or did that seemed ‘out of character’. When you have a chance to pause, do so, and ask yourself why you think you did/said what you did. Are you feeling more inspired than usual? Are you feeling more drained? Have the circumstances in your life recently changed? Has anything changed in the last few months? Spend a quiet few minutes reflecting on these questions, on yourself, on your surroundings, and you will slowly discover the WHY. After that, you can determine if the WHY is something to watch out for, or something to nourish.


While you want to reflect, you DO NOT want to obsess. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, sometimes it takes time to process our actions and circumstances on a subconscious level. Sometimes when the incident is still fresh, we are overwhelmed by it and can’t think properly. For this reason it may be a good idea to take a few quick notes to reflect on later. And if your reflection doesn’t really come up with an answer, then accept that fact for the time being and move on. Dwelling unnecessarily can become frustrating, so its important to know yourself well enough to back off or move on.

Sometimes we just have very good, or very bad days that can momentarily make us break out of our regular patterns. And that’s all right too. There may not be a deeper layer to this break in pattern, and if that is the case, then simply move on. But if there is something to be learned, something wonderful that can be integrated, then you should make an effort to do so.

We may just have good/bad days. But sometimes, our reactions could be the start of something new, something wonderful. Understanding it is the first step to determining what to do (if anything) with it.

“Rather than indulging in habit, try something new.”

“Rather than indulging in habit, try something new.”

The other day I was at a library looking through their DVD section for a Friday night “no brainer” movie to wind down the week with. The usual movies stood out. Somewhere in the back of my mind, a list of blockbuster movie titles was slowly being scanned through, seeing if I would find any of the titles on the shelf. Lo and behold, there were at least 3 of them right in front of me. Immediately, I reached forward for them when I saw another title from a movie I hadn’t ever heard of before. “The Man From Earth” did not look like a blockbuster at all, and it was a bit of a change from the usually upbeat movies I watch at the end of the week. Still, deciding to shake things up a bit, I took the movie out and instead of watching my regular “no brainer” action or adventure flick, I watched this movie instead. By the end of the movie, my mind was racing…but not with the adrenalin that most “cheap thrill” action movies leave you with. This left me pondering possibilities I hadn’t ever considered, and that was better than any adrenalin rush. It was different. It was exciting.

Different Crayon

Routine is a fantastic thing to have. It brings order and stability and discipline to life. It helps us relax when the rest of the world seems to be chaotic. But for all of its benefits, it also has its downsides. Relying too much on routine can eventually become comfortable, and can be preferable to trying something new.

It’s important to shake things up just a bit, even if it’s minor, just to stimulate your senses, and look at things from a different perspective. If you have a set routine for winding down for the night, try shifting things around a bit. If not, try something entirely new. Instead of watching the usual youtube clips, try a TED talk (www.ted.com) instead. Instead of reading on your ipad, pick up a book and read it. Instead of jogging on a treadmill, go outside if possible. Instead of seeing your usual movies, try something different.

If you shake things up just a little bit, you will find hidden surprises that you could have never expected. That and, everyone should watch “The Man From Earth” at least once 😉