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28 Rules

We all have experienced Murphy’s Law in our sports organization. You have either a big sport competition, seminar or trip, and a small thing happens, and sets off a whole chain of other problems and obstacles.

I personally do not believe in superstition, but I have mentioned “Murphy Law” in the past on numerous occasions. The best way to explain this law is like “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”.

Well, recently I listened to a presentation of Peter Diamandis, who does not believe in such a law. In fact, he wrote 28 Rules who are too good not to share.


Read everyone of them, and just remember them next time you fall into a negative spiral.

  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, then ignore them.
  9. Perfection is not optional.
  10. When faced without a challenge, make one.
  11. “No” simply means begin again at 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 it can’t be done.
  22. The day before something is a breakthrough, it’s a crazy idea.
  23. If it were 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 conquer with persistence, confidence and a bulldozer when necessary.

Copyright, 1986, 2009, Peter H. Diamandis, All Rights Reserved.

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