Valuable Things

There’s an answer on Quora, to the question:

What are the most valuable things everyone should know?

I like some of the points in the answer and I slowly get interested in what Jordan Peterson has to say, whether in his books, podcasts or YouTube videos.

In the answer, Jordan listed “things” that are valuable. I picked the things that highly resonated with me and removed those that does not necessarily apply to me right now.

I recognize these values as my own and strive to live by them. I’m far from embodying all of them, for now.

Here’s the list:

  • Always 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.
  • Pay attention.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Maintain your connections with people.
  • Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.
  • 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.
  • Don’t let bullies get away with it.
  • Remember that what you do not yet know is more important than what you already know.
  • Be grateful in spite of your suffering.

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