Peter Diamandis in his recent book Bold (2015)
outlines Peter's laws
. Peter's laws are conceived as a motivational antidote to the oft-quoted Murphy's law
- that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Peter's laws
fit with the overall theme of Bold
, as it follows up on his previous best-seller Abundance
by outlining not only why we should be optimistic
about the future, but why we should also be bold
in the face of our exponential technologies to realize our unlimited potential for growth.Peter's Laws - The Creed of the Persistent and Passionate Mind
1. If anything can go wrong, fix it! (To hell with Murphy!
2. When given a choice - take both!
3. Multiple projects lead to multiple successes.
4. Start at the top, then work your way up.
5. Do it by the book... but be the author!
6. When forced to compromise, ask for more.
7. If you can't win, change the rules.
8. If you can't change the rules, ignore them.
9. Perfection is not optional.
10. When faced without a challenge - make one.
11. No simply means begin one level higher.
12. Don't walk when you can run.
13. When in doubt: THINK!
14. Patience is a virtue, but persistence to the point of success is a blessing.
15. The squeaky wheel gets replaced.
16. The faster you move, the slower time passes, the longer you live.
17. The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.
18. The ratio of something to nothing is infinite.
19. You get what you incentivize.
20. If you think it is impossible, then it is for you.
21. An expert is someone who can tell you exactly how something can't be done.
22. The day before something is a breakthrough, it's a crazy idea.
23. If it was easy, it would have been done already.
24. Without a target you'll miss it every time.
25. Fail early, fail often, fail forward!
26. If you can't measure it, you can't improve it.
27. The world's most precious resource is the persistent and passionate human mind.
28. Bureaucracy is an obstacle to be conquered with persistence, confidence and a bulldozer when necessary.