Jordan Peterson on Responsibility and Meaning
“TREAT YOURSELF LIKE YOU ARE SOMEONE RESPONSIBLE FOR HELPING.”
It’s common for people to question why they are here. This question can lead to depression and a sense that the world is a terrible place. I’ve sure you’ve experienced that feeling, and you may even be going through it right now.
During these times you’ll commonly replay events in your life where you felt out of control or like everything was going wrong.
That reaction comes from a lack of purpose and responsibility for yourself. You’re lacking the goals you need to feel complete.
Instead, start making a road map for your life: the things you want to achieve, the family you want to have, etc.
It doesn’t have to be a perfect map. In fact, it won’t be. No one has the ultimate road map. But any direction is better than no direction. Without a start, you’re just going to stand there watching the world pass you by.
To dive further into this I’ve brought in a special guest: Dr. Jordan Peterson.
Dr. Peterson is a professor at the University of Toronto, a clinical psychologist and the author of the million-plus selling 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jan 2018, Penguin Books), which has been a Number 1 bestseller in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands and Brazil, and which is now slated to be translated into 40 languages.
He has become super popular in the last two years for his lectures which he records and puts on YouTube.
I had such an interesting interview with him that had so much important information, I actually split it into two episodes.
In this episode of The School of Greatness, we sit down and discuss why we admire sports figures, how any aim (even a bad one) is crucial for you to feel fulfilled, and a mindset tool you can use to motivate you to do hard things.
Learn how you can find the strength to live life you didn’t know you had, on Episode 664.
Some Questions I Ask:
How do you embody something in a shift of view? (7:23)
Why is there so much conflict in the world? (8:14)
A clear conscience is different than happiness? (11:06)
When we’re watching sports, what does it do for us? (15:51)
How do you fix your past traumas you can’t let go of? (21:22)
What do you mean by being reasonable with your goals? (23:18)
Why is it better to have a bad plan than to be in “No Man’s Land”? (27:15)
What are some examples of weaknesses people might have? (28:42)
What are three weaknesses, you know right now, you can still work on? (29:29)
Does a rationale mean a meaning? (37:14)
In This Episode You Will Learn:
How Dr. Peterson’s simplifies his philosophy (6:16)
The relationship between responsibility and meaning (9:56)
Why people are so interested in sports (13:13)
The reasons you need a noble cause (17:37)
The purpose of memory (20:17)
Why you need to be able to answer the seven questions (25:54)
What you have to do to move forward (31:06)
Why you should be exercising (32:48)
The reason people get stuck searching for their meaning (39:12)
Plus much, much more...