I really struggled to come up with a rating for this book. Ultimately, the rating I gave it (6/10), is a reflection of the poor organization and flow of this book. There is good information here, but I found the book unnecessarily bloated and cluttered.
The main problem I have with it is the poor flow. This seems to be a result of a few things:
- The book feels disjointed - there should be more than 12 rules, and more sections, and the book would be much clearer.
- At the same time, many sections feel meandering, and the connections that Peterson tries to make often don’t make sense to me, to the point that I have to re-read repeatedly, and ultimately just make me frustrated.
- Despite the complicated sections that could be broken up, some rules could have been summarized in a much shorter form, and indeed, Peterson originally came up with the list in a much shorter form for Quora - at times it feels like this.
Overall, there are great sections, and a large amount of information in the book. In my opinion, the organization just makes it far too difficult to actually absorb it.
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