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The Eponymous Principles of Management : The Murphy’s Law and Its Variants – The 14 variation Laws of Murphy

If you will search for a variation of Murphy’s Law, then you will never be disappointed, because you will definitely land up on more than one such variations. However, if our, apparently never ending,  discussion on Murphy’s Law has to end, it better end on the note of its 14 variation laws, and cover all other possible variations within these 14 laws..

Murphy’s First Law:  Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

Murphy’s Second Law:  Nothing is as easy as it looks.

Murphy’s Third Law:  Everything takes longer than you think it will.

Murphy’s Fourth Law:  If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.

Corollary : If there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it will happen then.

Murphy’s Fifth Law:  If anything simply cannot go wrong, it will anyway.

Murphy’s Sixth Law:  If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.

Murphy’s Seventh Law:  Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.

Murphy’s Eighth Law:  If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

Murphy’s Ninth Law:  Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.

Murphy’s Tenth Law:  Mother nature is a bitch.

Murphy’s Eleventh Law:  It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

Murphy’s Twelfth Law:  Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done first.

Murphy’s Thirteenth Law:  Every solution breeds new problems.

Murphy’s Fourteenth Law:  If anything can’t go wrong on its own, someone will make it go wrong.

These variations of the law simply rub in the message that Stewart’s corollary of Murphy’s Law has stated:

Murphy’s Law may be delayed or suspended for an indefinite period of time, provided that such delay or suspension will result in a greater catastrophe at a later date.

So here is to wish that Murphy’s Law affects you in a way which can cause the damage that you can control……………… But would THE Murphy’s Law will allow that wish to come true?

We keep our fingers crossed, and……


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