12 Rules for Life $12 @ Target, Target and Amazon AU Prime


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Gripping, thought-provoking and deeply rewarding, 12 Rules for Life offers an antidote to the chaos in our lives: eternal truths applied to our modern problems.

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  • +87 votes

    12 rules for life $12 @ Target & Kmart

    Anyone interested in a group buy?

    I'm keen to get 4 rules for $4

    • +23 votes

      I’ll take 2, but I don’t want either
      Rule 7 - Self Help book are a waste of money
      Rule 8 - An easy way to make money is to write a Self Help, or How To Get Rich Quick book

      • +6 votes

        OK, I'll take Rule 7

      • +6 votes

        Rule 1 - You do not talk about self help club
        Rule 2 - If you take advice from me, without checking who I am or what I know, you deserve what you get.

    • +6 votes

      "Rules for life" is pretty simple, there's only one: don't die.

    • +24 votes

      Here they are for free:

      1) Stand up straight with your shoulders back
      2) Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping
      3) Make friends with people who want the best for you
      4) Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today
      5) Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them
      6) Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world
      7) Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)
      8) Tell the truth – or, at least, don't lie
      9) Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don't
      10) Be precise in your speech
      11) Do not bother children when they are skateboarding
      12) Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street

      • +2 votes

        spoiler alert!


        Sounds like the advice my old Grandmother would mumble😉

      • +4 votes

        6 is the one that should be ringing alarm bells for you. Firstly because no one has their house in perfect order. Certainly some people clearly do better than others but anyone who tells you their house is in perfect order is not to be trusted, and I'm including the author. 6 is how someone can dismiss and deflect valid criticism while pretending to be superior.

        Peterson has some really good ideas. But they're mixed in with a lot of BS. And he mistakes his ability to speak clearly and convincingly with the ability to reason in areas outside of his own expertise.

        A few of my other issues with his list.

        5 is really horrible advice if your kid is off the rails. Your job as a parent is to love and guide your child as best you can even if they do horrible things you despise. You'll have more control when you're young, but I'd love to see how he tackles the issue of a child who is under the influence of an addiction or has chosen a criminal lifestyle. Perhaps he tackles it well in the book. I don't want to bother reading it to find out. On the surface this soundbite sucks.

        8 is one where you have to use your judgement. Fair and honest dealing is a good first principle but there are lots of exceptions where the truth will do much more harm than good.

        11 is good advice. They'll probably beat you up and steal your wallet ;-)

        12 must be because he has a fetish for being scratched and bitten.

        • +1 vote

          Good valid points.

          #6 is particularly good to deflect any criticism - if you write a book like this. Just say "Read #6!"😉
          (Also handy for authoritarian groups to stop dissent!)
          Perfection is never possible, for mere mortals like us.

          Seems a repackaging of the Biblical "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone." (Creating a new phrase - that's worth gold for marketing & copyright. Already ordered the mug😀)

          However, many people are unaware of their own failings, but criticise others for lesser issues. It can be easier to see others problems, than deal with our own.

          Another way of saying #6 in common use, without demanding perfection - get your shit together. We can all benefit from dealing with our own issues.

          #12 seems just a repackaging of the age old recommendation to “Stop and smell the roses”🌹 Enjoy life!
          I play with cats & dogs, say hello to strangers I meet, & smell the flowers. Makes for a pleasant day. But watch out for claws & thorns😉


              @Wally: Yes - cats can be pretty scary!
              But we've lived with them for millennia.

              Cat faeces are a risk for Toxoplasmosis. And the parasite can be anywhere on the cat & ground.

              🚨Don't touch your face or let the cat touch your face & thoroughly wash hands afterwards🚨 Appropriate action when handling any animal, soil, other humans…

              Those most at risk of more than the flu-like symptoms: toxoplasmosis in the brain can be fatal in people with depleted immune defence and in fetuses, which can be infected through the mother.

              As for smelling the roses - watch out for bees if you're allergic to their stings!

              It's a scary world! I'm staying at home, locking the door & watching endless cat videos🐈😉


            @Infidel: I recommend reading the book before jumping to comments. Rule 12 has little to do with cats. It is quite an amazing chapter,I found


        Last 2 rules seem a bit strange, I'll have to buy the book to understand what he means


          You need to buy a book to explain such sayings?
          Just think about it for a while.
          If still in doubt, there's… Google - plenty of discussion & videos.

          Similar advice has been given out by many others, long before this book.

          The book & ebook is available at many libraries for free. My council library stocks 90 copies!


        Fossil-Fuel companies L-O-V-E "Rule 6"

        Example of "Rule 8" in use:

        • Liquid-Fuel, Molten Salt Reactors (MSR) = the Future of Nuclear Energy

        (Look Forward to &
        Expect 'em ~2030)



  • +12 votes

    Very important book here some of the actual rules :

    11) Do not bother children when they are skateboarding
    12) Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street

    I have to upvote Gramps to help some good folk:)

    If on Prime you can get it free on trial .

  • +16 votes

    I just finished reading this and loved it! His way of articulating each rule is fascinating

  • +13 votes

    Great book

  • +5 votes

    Why are there twelve rules when there are only Ten Commandments? I’m all for cutting corners wherever I can.

    • +3 votes

      There are many more than Ten Commandments.
      Religious scholars quote 613 commandments.
      But that's too much for us - so usually only refer to the top 10.

      • +4 votes

        Actually 614, which is generally igonred " thou shall not make any more commandments"


        New Testament squeezes it down to TWO:

        "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"

        Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

  • +28 votes

    One of the most influential psychologists of today, highly recommended book