For those of us that have been following Jordan Petersons work, are well aware of his ‘gotcha’ moments and his positions on various societal and political issues that have thrust him into the limelight in recent years.

His work on the improvement of the individual and his insistence on individuals voluntarily taking on responsibility in order to develop meaning in their lives, often takes a backseat when he appears in the media.

There are many people who are aware of Jordan Peterson as a result of stances on, predominantly political issues, and those who don’t hold similar views, to their detriment, completely disregard his self-help advice.

For those of us that do follow his work, we are well aware of his foundational grounding as a clinical psychologist. As much as he is painted as a highly politicised figure, his grounding is on improvement of the individual. He is of the firm belief that before anyone attempts to try and sort out the ills of the world, they need to have their room in order. If you can’t sort out your own life, how on earth are you going to be able to sort out much more complex issues such as those facing society as a whole?

In the insightful video below, Jordan Peterson speaks about how it is necessary for people, young people in particular, to accept that growing up is a part of life. This ‘growing up’ comes at a cost, but the longer you put off ‘growing up’, the bigger the cost will be, when you are eventually forced to do so. You can only put this off for a limited period of time before you are involuntarily placed in a position where you have no choice.

He speaks about what advice he would give to his 16 year old self. He speaks about how people shouldn’t dismiss opportunities for growth, as miniscule as they may appear. Work on the principle of being in a better place today than you were yesterday. If you constantly do what you need to do each day, you will have a much more meaningful and harmonious life relative to a life in which you are constantly doing things that you know you shouldn’t.

Make a list of things you do each day and decide if these activities are harmful or helpful. Work on minimizing the harmful activities in favour of the helpful ones. This isn’t to say this is going to be easy. It isn’t. But daily progress is crucial for growth. When you go to sleep at night, aim to be in a better position than when you woke up that morning.

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