Murphy’s Law – the Positive Side

May 20, 2014

in Positive Events

Murphy’s Law is often stated in some version of the following form: “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong”. But that is only the negative side of Murphy’s Law. The law really should be stated, “whatever can happen, will happen”, which seems to be a somewhat fundamental rule of the Universe. So the positive side of Murphy’s Law is: “whatever can go right, will go right”.

Our universe seems to try everything, throwing all the random spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks. This is how cosmology works. This is how evolution works. This is what Murphy’s Law describes.

We use the negative side of Murphy’s Law to keep us on our toes, to stay alert against failures and breakdowns. It’s a good thing to be prepared for negative events. But it’s an even better thing to be prepared for positive events. Remember: whatever can go right, will go right! That’s an astounding statement.

In a negative event process; something goes wrong, we recognize that something is wrong, we take action to minimize damage or loss, we take action to correct the process, we clean up any mess. All too often, when something goes right, we just sit back and celebrate. The positive event process should be similar to the negative event process; something goes right, we recognize that something is right, we take action to maximize our gain, we take action to preserve the process state, we use the gain/profit to create new/more production.

The positive side of Murphy’s Law dictates that we should develop Contingency Planning for positive events as well as for negative events.

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