Everyone has heard of Murphy’s first law: “If anything can go wrong, invariably it will.” But hardly anybody has even a foggy idea of who Murphy was. The search for Murphy’s notebooks led to a garage in Toledo, Ohio; an inventor’s junk loft in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania; and the home of a retired female blackmailer in Sarasota, Florida. It was learned that Murphy had no first name, that he never could hold a job, and that his writings were returned by the post office for insufficient postage. It seems everything Murphy wrote about had some explanation for why things go wrong. Consider a few more Murphy classics: Nothing is ever as simple as it first seems. Everything you decide to do costs more than first estimated. Every activity takes more time than you have. It’s easier to make a commitment or to get involved in something than to get out of it. Whatever you set out to do, something else must be done first. If you improve or tinker with something long enough, eventually it will break. By making something absolutely clear, somebody will be confused.You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, and that’s sufficient.
The Winner is always a part of the answer; The Loser is always a part of the problem. The Winner always has a program; The Loser always has an excuse. The Winner says, “Let me do it for you;” The Loser says, “That’s not my job.” The Winner sees an answer for every problem; The Loser sees a problem in every answer.The Winner says, “It may be difficult but it’s possible;” The Loser says, “It may be possible but it’s too difficult.”