“An expert is someone who can tell you exactly how it can’t be done.”
“If it were easy, it would have been done already.”
-Peter Diamandis, Laws # 21 and #23 of “Peter’s Laws”
Born in the Bronx to Greek immigrants, some might say that Peter Diamandis is an over-achiever. An engineer, physician, author and entrepreneur, it’s hard to say for which accomplishment he might be best known. Some of this multi-career highlights include:
Founder and chairman of the X-Prize Foundation, a non-profit organization that designs and manages incentivized public competitions for the purpose of motivating technological “breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.” The multi-million dollar prizes incentivize achievements in space exploration, ocean health, alternative energy solutions, sustainability, learning, and more. The Board of Trustees include Elon Musk, James Cameron, Larry Page, and Arianna Huffington, among others.
Co-founder and chairman of Singularity University, which has been described as “where the world’s brightest minds convene to attack the world’s toughest challenges.” (Singularity’s other co-founder is Ray Kurzweil, futurist and director of engineering at Google.)Based in Silicon Valley in California, SU offers courses focused on helping leaders, technologists, entrepreneurs, executives, and entrepreneurs understand and navigate the opportunities and challenges of “exponential technologies.”
Co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think which challenges the notion that the world is going to hell in a handbasket, and gives endless evidence for hope, even optimism. Citing developments in technology, agriculture, healthcare and more, the book shows how, if we have the personal and political wills to allow it, our future is as bright as we want it to be. (You can download the first chapter for free by clicking on the title link.)
Co-founder of the International Space University,launched at a 1987 convention at MIT with the support of the major space agencies. In 1994, the university’s central campus moved to the Strasbourg region of France in 1994, following a competition for host city. ISU offered the first Master of Science in Space Studies and the first MS in Space Management, and offers several shorter courses of study as well.
CEO of the Zero-Gravity Corporation, which offers the “Zero-G Experience,” a weightless ride in a specially modified Boeing 727. With testimonials from Buzz Aldrin, Stephen Hawking, and Martha Stewart, the flights appeal to thrill-seekers, space enthusiasts, and researchers alike.
Diamandis is also and founder of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, an organization with chapters in ten countries, and co-founder and vice chairman of Space Adventures, the only company to have sent private citizens into space. Additionally, Diamandis is the founder of the Rocket Racing League,which aims to bring the excitement of NASCAR racing and space age technology together, and co-founder of Planetary Resources, a company with ambitions to mine asteroids with robotic space missions.
In addition to these accomplishments, Diamandis earned a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT and an M.D. from Harvard. An impressive resume for anyone, Diamandis is only 52 years old and just getting started on the impact he aims to have on the world.
How does Peter do it all!? He doesn’t operate by the same set of rules that the average Joe lives by. As a matter of fact, he has been identifying and naming a whole set of new rules for many years. The list continues to grow, and has become known as “Peter’s Laws.”
Peter shared these laws with us at his paradigm-shifting Abundance 360 Summit in California last month (yes, he founded that too), and we’re sharing our favorites with you below! In a post on the X-Prize blog, Diamandis explains how the Laws started:
While I was a graduate student at MIT and working on a startup I called International Space University, one of my co-founders, Todd Hawley, put a copy of Murphy’s Laws on the office wall.
Do you know Murphy’s Law?: “If anything can go wrong, it will.”
Just think of how awful it would be to actually believe this nonsense?
My reaction when I saw the Murphy’s Law poster was first to laugh out loud, then to get angry.
I went to the white board behind my desk and wrote: “If anything can go wrong, Fix It! (To hell with Murphy!)”
Then above the quote wrote, “Peter’s Law”.
Over the years that followed, I started collecting “Laws”… principals and truisms that led me (and others I studied) to be successful.
Today, Peter has 28 of these laws. Some of our favorites are below, and you can download a printable list of all 28 at Diamandis.com.
#1. If anything can go wrong, Fix It!… to hell with Murphy!
#2. When given a choice, take both!
#10. When faced without a challenge, make one.
#11. “No” simply means begin again at one level higher.
#13. When in doubt: THINK!
#14. Patience is a virtue, but persistence to the point of success is a blessing. (compliments of Todd Hawley)
#17. The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!
#20. If you think it is impossible, then it is… for you.
#22. The day before something is a breakthrough it’s a crazy idea.
#25. Fail early, fail often, fail forward!
#27. The world’s most precious resource is the persistent and passionate human mind. (compliments of Gregg E. Maryniak)
Want a copy of all 28 of Peter’s Laws? Grab your high-definition illustrated, printable copy of the whole list here.
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