Peter Diamandis’ Laws: The Creed of the Persistent and Passionate Mind

One of my oldest friends, Steve, came to visit me in Chicago last month. During the visit, we went to the MSI (Museum of Science and Industry). In one of the permanent sections, Fast Forward… Inventing the Future laws, we saw Peter Diamandis’ Laws. This exhibit got me excited. Not only because I had found a new role model, but because his laws are so perfectly modeled after our current, disruptive, culture.

Peter is the founder of the X Prize Foundation, as well as an entrepreneur and innovator looking to accelerate the progress of humanity. Here are the laws he uses to change the world:

  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 be conquered with persistence, confidence and a bulldozer when necessary
  • Copyright, 1986, 2009, Peter H. Diamandis, All Rights Reserved. Laws #14 & #18 by Todd B. Hawley #19 Adopted from Alan Kay #26 by Byron K. Lichtenberg. #27 by Gregg E.

#3 Multiple Projects Leads to Multiple Successes

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, have multiple irons in the fire, etc. This law has been restated in different ways, which is one of the reasons I like it so much. I am someone who is building a react app while working  for a company through UpWork right before I build an Amazon Alexa Skill and then I’ll do research on Aubrey de Gray extending human life through biological gerontology before bed. The more projects you give yourself permission to start, the more you learn where your passions lie.

#22 The Day Before Something is a Breakthrough it’s a Crazy Idea.

Right now we’re in a time where things become possible overnight. We have a prosthetic hippocampus, games that use brain activity to play and win, as well as full exoskeletons to encourage movement despite handicaps. Rather than call something impossible, in the 21st century we are instead challenged to think of what it would take to make things possible. Technology enables us to solve problems which have eluded humanity for centuries.

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