Jordan Peterson’s Ultimate Advice for Students and College Grads – STOP WASTING TIME


My experience is with people that we’re probably running at about 51% of our capacity. Something – I mean you can think about this yourselves. I often ask undergraduates: How many hours a day you waste, or how many hours a week you waste? And the classic answer is something like 4 to 6 hours a day, you know inefficient studying, watching things on YouTube that not only do you not want to watch – That you don’t even care about, that make you feel horrible about watching after you’re done. That’s probably four hours right there. Now, and you think – That’s 20-25 hours a week. It’s a hundred hours a month. That’s two and a half full work weeks. It’s half a year of work weeks per year and if your time is worth, $20 an hour, which is a radical underestimate, it’s probably more like $50 if you think about it in terms of deferred wages. If you’re wasting 20 hours a week… you’re wasting $50,000 a year, and you are doing that right now, and because you’re young wasting $50,000 is a way bigger catastrophe than it would be for me to waste it because I’m not gonna last nearly as long, and so if your life isn’t everything it could be, you could ask yourself. Well, what would happen if you just stopped wasting the opportunities that are in front of you? You’d be who knows how much more efficient? Ten times more efficient? 20 times more efficient? That’s the Pareto distribution. You have no idea how efficient efficient people get. It’s off the charts! Best thing you can do is teach people to write, because there’s no difference between that and thinking and one of the things that just blows me away about universities is that No one ever tells students why they should write something It’s like well you have to do this assignment well, why are you writing? Well, you need the grade it’s like no You need to learn to think Because thinking makes you act effectively in the world, thinking makes you win the battles you undertake and those could be battles for good things If you can think and speak and write you are Absolutely deadly Nothing can get in your way so that’s why you learn to write, it’s like when I can’t believe that people aren’t just told that it’s- it’s- it’s like It’s the most powerful weapon you can possibly provide someone with and I mean I know lots of people who have been staggeringly successful and watched them throughout my life I mean those people you don’t want to have an argument with them. They’ll just slash you into pieces and then not in the malevolent way. It’s like if you’re gonna make your point and they’re gonna make their point you better have your points Organized because otherwise you’re gonna look like and be an absolute idiot you are not going to get anywhere and if you can formulate your arguments coherently and make a presentation, if you can speak to people, if you can lay out a proposal, god, people give you money, they give you opportunities, you have influence Make a schedule and stick to it. Okay. So what’s the rule with the schedule? It’s not a bloody prison That’s the first thing that people do wrong they say well, I don’t like to have to follow a schedule It’s like well, what kind of schedule are you setting up. Well, I should- I have to do this, then I have to do this, then I have to do this, you know And then I just go play video games because who wants to do all these things that I have to do. It’s like wrong Set the schedule up So that you have the day you want. That’s the trick. It’s like okay I’ve got tomorrow, if I was gonna set it up so it was the best possible day I could have Practically speaking, what would it look like? well, then you schedule that and obviously there’s a bit of responsibility that’s good to go along with that because if you have any sense One of the things that you’re gonna insist upon is that at the end of the day You’re not in worse shape than you were then- then at the beginning of the day, right? Because that’s a stupid day If you have a bunch of those in a row, you just dig, you know You dig yourself a hole and then you bury yourself and it’s like sorry, that’s just not a good strategy. It’s a bad strategy so maybe 20% of your day has to be responsibility and obligation Or maybe it’s more than that depending on how far behind you are. But even that you can- you can ask yourself, okay? Well, I’ve got these responsibilities. I have to schedule these things in, what’s the right ratio of responsibility to reward. And you can ask yourself that just like you’d negotiate with someone who is working for you It’s like okay, you gotta work tomorrow Okay, so I want you to work tomorrow and you might say okay. Well, what are you gonna do for me That makes it likely that I’ll work for you? Well, you could ask yourself that you know, maybe you do an hour of responsibility and then you play a video game for 15 minutes. I don’t know, whatever turns your crank man, but you know You have to negotiate with yourself and not tyrannize yourself Like you’re negotiating with someone that you care for, that you would like to be productive and have a good life And- and that’s how you make the schedule It’s like and then you look at the day and you think well if I had that day, that would be good Great, you know and you- you’re useless and horrible, so you’ll probably only hit it with about seventy percent accuracy But that beats the hell out of zero. Right and if you hit it Even with fifty percent accuracy another rule is well aim for fifty one percent the next week or 50 and a half percent for God’s sake or because you’re gonna hit that position where things start to loop back positively and spiral you upward. Well, and if we all got our act together collectively and stop making things worse because that’s another thing people do all the time not Only do they not do what they should to make things better they actively attempt to make things worse because they’re spiteful or resentful or arrogant or deceitful or or homicidal or genocidal, or all of those things all Bundled together in an absolutely pathological package. If people stopped really really trying just to make things worse We have no idea how much better they would get just because of that So there’s this weird dynamic that’s part of the existential system of ideas between human vulnerability social judgment both of which are are major causes of suffering and the failure of individuals to adopt the Responsibility that they know they should adopt. It Isn’t merely that your fate depends on whether or not you get your act together and to what degree you decide that you’re going to Live out your own genuine being, it isn’t only your fate. It’s the fate of everyone that you’re networked with And so, you know you think well There’s nine billion, seven billion people in the world We’re going to peak at about nine billion, by the way And then it’ll decline rapidly but seven billion people in the world and who are you you’re just one little dust mite Among that seven billion and so it really doesn’t matter what you do or don’t do but that’s simply not the case It’s the wrong model because you’re at the center of a network. You’re a node in a network Of course, that’s even more true Now that we have social media you’ll- you’ll know you’ll know a thousand people, at least, over the course of your life and they’ll know a thousand people each and that puts you one person away from a million and two persons away from a billion and So that’s how you’re connected and the things you do they’re like dropping a stone in a pond The ripples move outward and they affect things in ways that you can’t fully comprehend and it means that the things that you do and that you don’t do are far more important than you think and So if you act that way of course the terror of realizing that is that it actually starts to matter what you do and you might say well that’s better than living a meaningless existence. It’s better for it to matter But I mean if you really asked yourself would you be so sure? If you had the choice I can live with no responsibility whatsoever, the price I pay is that nothing matters Or I can reverse it and everything matters But I have to take the responsibility that’s associated with that. It’s not so obvious to me that people would take the meaningful path Now when you say well nihilists suffer dreadfully because there’s no meaning in their life and they still suffer Yeah, but the advantage is they have no responsibility So that’s the payoff and I actually think that’s the motivation. To say well, I can’t help being nihilistic all my belief systems have collapsed It’s like yeah, maybe maybe you’ve just allowed them to collapse because it’s a hell of a lot easier than acting them out and The price you pay is a meaningless suffering but You can always whine about that and people will feel sorry for you and you have the option of taking the pathway of the martyr So that’s a pretty good deal all things considered especially when they are, when the alternative is to bear your burden properly and to live Forthrightly in the world. Well what Solzhenitsyn figured out and so many people in the twentieth century it’s not just him even though he’s the best example is that if you live a pathological life you Pathologize your society and if enough people do that, then it’s hell Really really and You can read the Gulag Archipelago if you have the forti- fortitude to do that and you’ll see exactly what hell is like and then you can decide if that’s a place you’d like to visit or even more importantly if it’s a life, if it’s a place you’d like to visit and Take all your family and friends because that’s what happened in the 20th century. No one can live without a routine You just, forget that, if you guys don’t have a routine I would recommend like you get one going because you cannot be mentally healthy without a routine You need to pick a time to get up. Whatever time you want But pick one and stick to it because otherwise you dysregulate your circadian rhythms, and they regulate your mood Plan a life you’d like to have and and you do that partly by Referring to social norms, that’s more or less Rescuing your father from the belly of the whale but the way, other way you do that is by having a little conversation with yourself About, as if you don’t really know who you are because you know what You’re like, you won’t do what you’re told. You won’t do what you tell yourself to do, you must have noticed that It’s like you’re a bad employee and a worse boss and both of those work, you know, for you You don’t know what you want to do And then when you tell yourself what to do, you don’t do it anyway So you should fire yourself and find someone else to beat but- but you know what My point is, is that you have to understand that you’re not your own servant so to speak. You’re someone that you have to negotiate with and that’s- and You’re someone that you want to present the opportunity of having a good life to and That’s hard for people because they don’t like themselves very much So, you know, they’re always like cracking the whip and then Procrastinating and cracking the whip and then procrastinating. It’s like god, it’s so boring and such a pathetic way of spending your time. I Think what you have to do and this is part of humility is you have to look around you within your sphere of influence like the direct sphere of influence and fix the things that announce themselves as in need of repair, but one of the main reasons that people don’t get what they want is because they don’t actually figure out what it is and The probability that you’re going to get what would be good for you Let’s say, which would even be better than what you want, right? Because you know, you might be what- wrong about what you want, easily, but maybe you could get what would really be good for you Well, why don’t you? Well, because you don’t try. You don’t think, okay here’s what I would like if I could have it and- and I don’t mean- I Don’t mean in a way that you manipulate the world to force it, to deliver you goods for status or something like that That isn’t what I mean. I mean something like Imagine that you were taking care of yourself like you were someone you actually cared for and then you thought okay I’m caring for this person. I would like things to go as well for them as possible What would their life have to be like in order for that to be the case? Well people don’t do that. They don’t sit down and think alright, you know, let’s- let’s figure it out. You’ve got a life, it’s hard obviously, it’s like Three years from now you can have what you need You’ve got to be careful about it. You can’t have everything, you can have what would be good for you But you have to figure out what it is and then you have to aim at it Well my experience with people has been is if they figure out what it is that would be good for them And then they aim at it, then they get it and it’s strange because they don’t necess- it’s a strange thing, it’s not quite that simple because, you know, you may formulate an idea about what would be good for you And then you take ten steps towards that and you find out that your formulation was a bit off and so you have to reformulate Your goal, you know, so you’re kind of going like this as You move towards the goal But a huge part of the reason that people fail is because they don’t ever set up the criteria for success and so since success is a very narrow line and very unlikely, the probability that you’re going to stumble on it randomly is zero and So there’s a proposition here and the proposition is if you actually want something You can have it. Now the question then would be well, what do you mean by actually want and The answer is that you reorient your life in every possible way To make the probability that that will occur as certain as possible and that’s a sacrificial idea, right? It’s like you don’t get everything, obviously you Obviously, but maybe you can have what you need and maybe all you have to do to get it is ask but asking isn’t a Whim or- or today’s wish it’s like you have to be deadly serious about it. You have to think Okay, like I’m taking stock of myself and if I was going to live properly in the world And I was going to set myself up Such that being would justify itself in my estimation and I don’t mean as a harsh judge Exactly what is it that I would aim at? Sit on your bed one day and ask yourself What’s- what remarkably stupid things am I doing on a regular basis to absolutely screw up my life and If you actually ask that question But you have to want to know the answer right because that’s actually what asking the question means It doesn’t mean just mouthing the words. It means you have to decide that you want to know You’ll figure that out so fast it’ll make your hair curl.

100 thoughts on “Jordan Peterson’s Ultimate Advice for Students and College Grads – STOP WASTING TIME”

  1. Very shallow advice for novices. Simply it's pop psychology. The speaker doesn't even take into account one works a lot and doesn't waste his time and as a result he gets nothings simply because life is not so simple. I've seen a lot of people who are hard-working whereas other people are too lazy, but the latter are much more successful than the the first. Life is not fair, but the point is that it's more reasonable to give wiser advice, but it's simply pop psychology.

  2. I understand your point, but I am not a god damn enterprise, i cannot put a price in all my day time, it is just insane, if I were able to put a price to my time it could let me put a price in my life. If my life has a price, I am a slave, right? The problem in my point of view is that the people waste their lifes trying to be sucessfull and famous and all this bull shit, but they never trully deep think: is this what I really wanna do? and even more than it, a fucking deeper question: what is be sucessfull? Do I need to shit money for this? or I just need enough money to give me freedom to do what I want and "waste" my time as I want?

  3. I love Jordan Peterson. This video is great. Thank you to who worked to create it. Could you add the blue collar workers to it who help make the world go around ? I know construction people, electricians, plumbers, iron workers, engineers, etc. who build and make and maintain what we all take for granted. Thank you

  4. Jordan Peterson thank you you're the best universities do not want you to write because they don't want you to think they want you to pass tests

  5. Best thing you can do is download that App that limits your time on Facebook, Youtube and social Media..it 's a Google Store Extension..check into it

  6. life's a juggle, some times we have to make changes due to family commitments. we don't all have an individual approach to things as we grow.id be pretty ignorant if i just focused on myself and what i had to do or wanted to do.

  7. It's a shame he gets as much flack as he does. It seems to me that he genuinely just wants to light a fire under the consciousness of people. He's trying to show people that many of our struggles can only be overcome from within. Hes done fantastic things for many people around the world just from these clips alone. I couldn't even imagine having a one on one with him.

  8. Even if all ppls would stop wasting time nobody ain’t gonna have these 50,000 he’s talking about lol he is forgetting that everything in this world is milking us like pay your apartment food medical treatment card if theres such thing in your country and lot more maybe even he does lol 😂 in the other things I agree ppls should fucking move their asses and graduate and do the best just the cruel reality is that not all ppls can be rich or do the same profession to make a lot that’s all

  9. Jordan is talking about efficiency but in reality his video is strongly inefficient. How many pictures are shown that bring nothing….He didn't show concrete applications of his points….He doesn't tell you how to study efficiently. Use your video time and the time of people efficiently. You could have done this video with the same content in 8 minutes!

  10. Jordan should take his own advice and manage some of his time studying about children who are born with two sets of genitalia and the intersexual people that they are, instead of talking about things he willingly doesn't understand. Then he won't have to act so butthurt about the idea of having respect for other people.
    Hell, if he'd have just managed his time to read the new rules at his workplace he might have understood what they actually said instead of throwing a temper tantrum over a perception of them that he invented himself.
    This dood's a fucking loser pandering to mob mentalities.
    You're all illiterate af for entertaining this idiot

  11. I think it is the biggest disgrace for colleges to charge these outrageous costs that they will take a lifetime to pay off and will prevent them from buying a house or have a decent life

  12. No wife no family because the women are riding the cock carousel
    No job no career no responsibilities because of affirmative action and illegal immigration
    so what do you want people to be motivated about doctor
    Come out of your hightower 'start leading crusade!

  13. I first watched this video with a 1.71 college GPA back in November. I’ve climbed to a 2.84 in 2 semesters and have become a better/more productive person in every aspect of my life. It’s something i think about as the turning point in my life. Proof is sort of in the pudding here. Listen to the man and follow through and you really can accomplish amazing things.

  14. From 8:04 to 8:24 really hits my heart, because I spent my whole life denying God — not because of the biblical narratives, but really because of the moral responsibility. There's something so degrading about being responsible enough to refrain from certian pleasures while noticing that my being is inherently flawed. It really takes a lot to appreciate some 'Heavenly' grace because of natural inclinations that only leads to temporary desires I'm spiraling down to a spiritual death.

    Its not until now that I've realized that if I focus my efforts & responsibilities on the appreciation of the blessings in my life, i will tend to understand how to love myself, the people around me, or even God Himself.

    This is so humbling.

  15. only few questions: what in our society is actually called productivity?
    does it fit to the imaginations of what productivity SHOULD be?
    how is society organised in this context?
    isnt it this "productivity" of the society, that kills all life on this planet in full awareness of it?^^

    so, is this self-optimisation in this society an expression of our pure ideology?
    is jordan peterson an ideologist?

  16. My doubt is, is this the way to be successful or is it this the way to be a capitalism slave, employed in a company where the owner is relaxing playing golf at the Bahamas and you working with all your schedule and shit,
    like a workaholic, with no free time, no holidays, just to permit to your boss doing that life!?

  17. For me what motivated me is the price tag of what it would be if I was being paid for time-wasting…. not on my time matey!

  18. No one is watching something on you tube they don’t wanna watch, well maybe this video, I cannot listen it to the end

  19. What is a waste of time man? spend time playing music then become professional.Spend time playing sports then become athlet. People spend time clubing and dancing they become bardenders or pro dancers or managers. Do whatever you want. This person spent his time talking all the time never worked in a real company guess what…he become a youtube persona playing the Messiah Counselor.

  20. can confirm. ever since i made a realistic yet productive schedule they day before.(with a 5 minute gap on each specific activity). i have been more productive than i have ever been.

  21. motivate your self to become a better slave, if you like doing something that is not productive you shouldn't do that cause its "wasting your time", so get to work and earn alot of money for people who already have millions or billions, suck it up cause some billioner needs another yacht or a mansion cause his wife took his first mansion in divorce

  22. As long as you know you are a mess, accept, surrender, wait until you have the will.
    Be sure that someday your mind will have the upper hand. This is how it works.

  23. I have points though, in a corrupt society like where I am from this might bring adverse results. So this works may be in USA. Being smart or hardworking is pointless where I am from.

  24. The thing is "wasting time" merely refers to using time for yourself, to take a break, to not run after the money. This is very important time. You are not a machine that can work 24/7 so waste some of your time or you will get sick!

  25. Never seen such a nonsense.. Nobody is able to work more than 10 hours a day with his brain. If you study more than 10h you may even get sick. The poor man his whole live is only work 🙁

  26. Just remember you will never come back to this moment this very second so what were you doing in that moment

  27. How many hours do humans need to devote to mindless activities? Not 50 hours but maybe 30. The mind needs down-time

  28. Things i learned
    1. Dont waste time
    2. Don't underestimate the little things it makes a difference in the world

  29. Why he said that the once the population reach 10Billion it will decline rapidly ? Anybody have any clue 😧

  30. I hate this development in society that we are forced to be effective (earn money)in every aspect of our lifes to be able to compete with people who work their asses of no matter how senseless or even anti-social the outcome of their job is or who start this life which is made more and more into a competition with much more money from their birth on. this bullshit ruins us all.

  31. and … what is the prize at the end of the tunnel Jordy? immortality? i will lay here, relaxed, until immortality invented.

  32. "What would do the person I wish to become?"
    If you read me : focus on the big toxic thing in your life.
    Cut the time you dedicate to it by half.
    Choose a thing to do you always wanted to do.
    Then leave toxicity and embrace all obstacles that lead to your goal <3
    Me: i told myself i don't wanna be a 40ys old man complaining about a stupid job and I applied to a school i always wanted to apply to : an art school it totally improved my life imo.

  33. There are always such meaningless ASSHOLES who dislike such meaningful videos. And I think this is the best way i start writing.

  34. All I watch is YouTube! I need to STOP STOP STOP! 😭 its making me cry on realising how much life I'm missing… I NEED HELP TO STOP THIS! I dont have many hobbies, my mom says she's broke and we cant do ANYTHING, I want to get a pet ferret but I dont know how to get the money,I might give up on drawing because it just gets me upset (because it's bad), my body is to weak and unmotivated, I like video games but my mom's internet on the ps4 had the password changed by someone else and the only games we have now are fortnite and Trove… I also like swimming but we dont have a pool, I like playing on trampolines but we also dont have that, I like painting things but we dont have any good paint, I love going on Adventures but my mom is too "broke" (even tho we wouldn't even go anywere when she HAD money)

  35. WHEN I WHEN TO STUDIES MOST STUDENTS WASTE TIME PARTYING AND I STUDYING…….. MOST COULD NOT READ AND UNDERSTAND … BUT ME WHEN IN READING AT 5 000 WPM AND 90 PERCENT …. MY LEVEL OF ENGLISH WAS SUPERIOR THAN EVEN AFTER THEY DID 4 YEARS , MOST HAD TO STUDY ENGLISH WHEN ENTERING

  36. A thorough, clear, concise and actionable summary:

    1. Daily Scheduling

    a. Schedule for the day you want (to be very efficient).

    b. Negotiate with yourself the best balance of opportunity, enjoyment and health.

    c. Does this plan care for me?

    d. What junk can I eliminate?

    2. Schedule Review:

    a. How accurate was my plan?

    b. How can I improve its accuracy?

    c. Did it improve me?

    3. Scheduling over time

    a. Set goals for yourself (in all aspects).

    b. Modify your goals as you develop.

    c. Keep a routine (for health and productivity).

    d. Improve things within your sphere of influence.

    4. Your Influence

    a. Writing (and learning how to) strongly develops how you think, discuss and influence.

    b. We are all nodes in a network that influence and effect each other (and therefore matter).

  37. While i agree with most of it, i don't believe that watching a youtube video occasionally is a bad thing. Look if you are working let's say 8 hours a day as a software developer you need sometimes this 30 minutes watching youtube to relax and get everything out of the way.

  38. Dropped out of college. Make jack for money. Curious to try certain things but I've seen multiple failures by many friends and it cost them big time. A few got lucky. Had one friend who was going to quit his job because they wouldn't give him day shifts initially. They called him back the next day and offered him a promotion with an 8 dollar per hour pay raise. Wtf. Thats not supposed to happen.

    When the recession hit in 2008, I lost my job and then my car. Started walking 5 miles one way to apply for jobs. Nothing. I only ended up getting a job on a whim from a friend about a year later. So luck was on my side for that. I guess hard work MAY pay off. But there is a healthy dose of luck with it when it comes to the job market.

  39. I myself fucked my life, I failed in college and my friends are making a lot of money and I am unemployed and having a great competition to get 1/3 of what they are making

  40. It’s so arbitrary and sarcastic when you watch video about stop wasting your time while you actually wasting your time

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