Rules for living & inspiration for change, from globally renowned psychologist Jordan Peterson

You know those polarising people you meet in life. The kind of people who are equally loved and hated owing to the strength of their beliefs.

Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson is most certainly one of those people. Loved by many, disliked by many others. Peterson’s views find him sitting on the bleeding edge of society, often.

Whilst best known as author of New York Times best seller 12 Rules for Life: An antidote to Chaos, it was an interview Peterson was featured in recently that really captured my attention. For all the right reasons.

When posed with the question:

“What do you say to those viewers that don’t pursue their dreams and are locked in their careers because they are too afraid to take risks and pursue something meaningful?”

Peterson offers some sage advice for anyone who finds themselves in this position.  

You can watch the brief interview here:

In the interview Peterson speaks of the importance of “imagining you were taking care of yourself like you were someone you cared for” when making big life decisions.

Explaining that you have a “moral obligation” to set goals. To develop a vision for how your life could be better, rather than paying the ultimate price that comes with remaining locked into a role or a career that makes you miserable.

If you find yourself in a job which is “killing your soul” to quote Peterson, it might be time to get your escape route planned. In its most basic form, here are some simple steps you can follow to pursue a more meaningful role or career.

  1. Consider your options: there are an abundance of opportunities out there for anyone willing to look
  1. Fill knowledge gaps: a certificate, license or short course could be the only thing standing between you and a better role with more financial reward  
  1. Update your resume: don’t sell yourself short. Make sure your potential future employer knows about all of your relevant skills and experience
  1. Overcome your fear of being interviewed: in this instance, practice most certainly makes perfect. Role play with a friend, spouse or even ideally an experienced recruiter (like me 😉)
  1. Sharpen your social skills: get comfortable putting yourself out there. Is that stranger you just ‘snuck past’ at your kid’s soccer match a prospective future employer?

As someone who works week-in, week-out to help professionals from Newcastle and the Central Coast find new and exciting roles – I know just how daunting quitting your job can be.

But if you find yourself sitting on the fence, unsure of what to do, I’ll leave you with the following quote to consider.

“You should be afraid of talking risks and pursuing something meaningful. But you should be more afraid of staying where you are if it’s making you miserable…the clock is ticking.”

Jordan Peterson

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