Murphy’s Law has been the subject of scientific debate and comment for generations, with the concept first emerging in discussions from the late 1800s. It is best categorised as an example of the Second Law of Thermodynamics and is based on the observation that left to themselves, systems tend to become more disordered over time.
Murphy’s Law also suggests that it’s practically impossible to maintain perfect order in any given scenario, meaning that anything with the innate potential to go wrong ultimately will. This is how Murphy’s Law is best known, but the theory has a number of potential applications and can be internalised to influence our outlooks and pursuit of goals.
In this post, we’ll ask how Murphy’s Law ties into the pursuit of objectives and personal development, and whether creating the image of success is central to long-term attainment.
Dropping Buttered Toast – Practically Applying the Principles of Murphy’s Law
We’ll start with a simple analogy and one that has been used to explain Murphy’s Law for more than a century.
If you make toast every morning and proceed to drop it on the floor, Murphy’s Law dictates that sooner or later it will land buttered-side down.
While this counters the rules of probability, which theoretically stipulates that the bread could land buttered-side up every time that it lands, it simply argues that the worst-case scenario has the potential to unfold if the act is repeated endlessly and over a significant period of time.
One of the key conclusions here is that systems and actions influence end results. And Murphy’s Law simply considers the potential failings in any given circumstance.
If we continue to use the example of dropping buttered toast, we also see how changing the way in which this act is performed will impact on the relevant of Murphy’s Law, as controlling the angle and the height from which the bread is dropped could cause it to land the same way every single time.
How Does This Translate into the Attainment of Success?
If we internalise Murphy’s Law, we begin to see how it can influence our pursuit of personal and career aims.
Our actions in life all lead to consequences. When we pursue goals there is a myriad of things that can go wrong and derail our carefully laid plans. As Murphy’s Law plays out and we experience failures, however, the key lies in our ability to learn from these individual setbacks and change our actions to achieve better results.
If we extend this principle further, there’s a suggestion that creating the image of success can lend itself to future attainment.
In broad terms, there’s no doubt that presenting yourself as an ambitious, knowledgable and hungry individual can influence people’s perception of you, negating many of the issues or obstacles that can occur when applying for work or promotions. This automatically reduces the things that can go wrong when pursuing goals, while recognising the merit of Murphy’s Law and negating its influence.
From a practical perspective, creating the image of material success also makes it far easier to achieve certain types of growth and advancement.
Here’s an example. Having an Audi can help you to achieve an underlying goal of affording an upgraded model, for example, as it’s likely to boast greater resale value and can be traded in as part-exchange with specialist dealers. So long as you take care of the asset and have an Audi warranty, you can simultaneously tackle the issue of Murphy’s Law while also boosting your chances of attainment.
Although it’s almost impossible to prove or disprove the validity of Murphy’s Law, there’s no doubt that its basic premise makes perfect and undeniable sense.
It’s also worth internalising this theory and applying it to the pursuit of success, primarily by considering how the actions that we take can minimise risk and influence the end result.
This way, you can recognise the basic principles of Murphy’s Law and use them to your advantage, as you look to control how you pursue your goals in a way that directly prevents things from going wrong.