Murphy's Commerce Laws
Just When We Thought Entrepreneurship Was A Sure Bet...
• The first 90% of a project takes 90% of the time, the last 10% takes the other 90% of the time.
• If you can't get your work done in the first 24 hours, work nights.
• A pat on the back is only a few inches from a kick in the pants.
• Don't be irreplaceable, if you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.
• It doesn't matter what you do, it only matters what you say you've done and what you say you're going to do.
• After any salary raise, you will have less money at the end of the month than you did before.
• The more crap you put up with, the more crap you are going to get.
• You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard.
• Eat one live toad first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.
• Never ask two questions in a business letter. The reply will discuss the one you are least interested in, and say nothing about the other.
• When the bosses talk about improving productivity, they are never talking about themselves.
• If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.
• There will always be beer cans rolling on the floor of your car when the boss asks for a ride home from the office.
• The boss is always right.
• Mother said there would be days like this, but she never said there would be so many.
• Keep your boss's boss off your boss's back.
• Everything can be filed under "miscellaneous".
• Never delay the ending of a meeting or the beginning of a cocktail hour.
• To err is human, to forgive is not company policy.
• In case of an atomic bomb attack, work rules will be temporarily suspended.
• Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing.
• Important letters that contain no errors will develop errors in the mail.
• The last person that quit or was fired will be the one held responsible for everything that goes wrong - until the next person quits or is fired.
• There is never enough time to do it right the first time, but there is always enough time to do it over.
• The more pretentious a corporate name, the smaller the
• If you are good, you will be assigned all the work. If you are really good, you will get out of it.
• You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops by your desk.
• If someone says he will do something "without fail", he won't.
• People who go to conferences are the ones who shouldn't.
• People are always available for work in the past tense.
• People don't make the same mistake twice, they make it three, four, or five times.
• If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done.
• At work, the authority of a person is inversely proportional to the number of pens that person is carrying.
• When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.
• You will always get the greatest recognition for the job you least like.
• No one gets sick on Wednesdays.
• Getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules.
• Following the rules will not get the job done.
• When confronted by a difficult problem you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question, "How would the Lone Ranger handle this?".
• No matter how much you do, you never do enough.
• The longer the title, the less important the job.
• Machines that have broken down will work perfectly when the repairman arrives.
• Progress is only made on alternate Tuesdays.
• An "acceptable" level of employment means that the government economist to whom it is acceptable still has a job.
• Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it only makes it worse.
• The employee who has performed his duties faithfully and without fault for 5 years will be given an increase of five cents per day in his pay - provided the profits allow it.
• All vacations and holidays create problems, except for one's own.
• Success is a matter of luck, just ask any failure.
• The value of any job task is inversely proportional to its deadline. Sent by Ray Geist
• When you see an item in the flyer, by the time you get to the store its either sold out or the price has doubled. Sent by Steve Barrett
• The person at the meeting or discussion who is right will be the person who is not listened and will later be blamed for coming up with the bad idea. Sent by Andrew Komarow
• Just when you have no cash, you are in great pain and got to the bank to find the bank computers offline. Sent by Sharifah
• Bills travel through the mail at twice as fast as checks.
• No man is an island, until it comes to paying the bills
The last two laws were sent by Magycke
• If you have a little extra money to blow, something will break, and cost more than that little extra. Sent by Karen
• If you don't want it, there is plenty of it; If you really need it, they're all out of it. The more you like a product, the more likely it will be discontinued. Sent by Barry Nord
• If you are shopping to find a certain thing, no matter how simple it may be, no matter where you go, you will find every conceivable thing except that which you are looking for.
Sent by Brian Shannon
• The one time you didn't make a copy of your 1040, that's the one the IRS did not receive. Sent by Bernadette
• I'm as good as my Employer Sent by Rajiv Kulkarni
• Slog all day and no-one notices, take a 5 minute breather to play Window's Solitaire and the boss silently appears behind you.
• All urgent and critical reports are handed out on Friday evening and are due first thing Monday morning.
• Zain's Nutcracker Law
The best time to ask for a raise is when everything has gone wrong and your boss is in a panic mode.
Corollary 1: Never ask for a raise after you have successfully completed a project.
Corollary 2: If you do it right the first time, you will not be asked to resolve the problem and therefore will not be in a position to ask for a raise.
• Expenses rise to exceed income. Sent by Bruce
• Just In Time inventory isn't Sent by Guillermo Zepeda
• In a line the biggest order is in the front, and the customer has coupons and wants to write a check.
• In a 24 hour store, there are 5 customers in the store and they always come to the register at the same time. (and again the customer with the largest order is the first one in line) - The last two laws were sent by Millie
• What you don't know, will cost you a lot of money.
Sent by Mark Perkins
• It is no disgrace to be poor, but it is awfully inconvenient. Sent by James Franklin
• When in trouble change the subject. However, this may lead the subject to another one of your offenses.
• When in trouble do what you can. If that fails try what you can't. If that fails give yourself an A for effort and run like hell with pride! - The last two laws were sent by Lenny Quites
• You pay peanuts and you get monkeys. In some organizations you pay doughnuts and you still get monkeys.
Sent by K. Balasubramanian
• The Customer is always unhappy about your product and service. - Sent by Kiran
• Little things make a lot more of a difference; but the little things don't get as much recognition. Sent by Simion
• The pressure of responsibility taking a difficult decision is the result of a division between its importance and the number of participant persons.
• Excess of analysis causes paralysis -The last two laws were sent by Asier Zabarte
• The quality of workmanship of any given object is inversely proportional to how useful it is.
• The quality of workmanship of any given object is inversely proportional to how well it works. - The last two laws were sent by Steven Halkett
One's willingness to do something is inversely proportional to:
A) the need for it to be done.
B) the number of people who are relying on that person to do it.
Sent by Kevin
• Ament's First Law of Corporate Survival:
When you see the shit is about to hit the fan, shut your mouth.
• Ament's Second Law of Corporate Survival: Duck. The last two laws were sent by Michael Ament
• Inverse Rule of Contracts: - The smaller the dollar amount of a contract the longer it will take to negotiate.
Sent by John Hughes
• Somers' Law of Management: One learns at least as much about management from poor managers as from good ones. Sent by John Somers
• The more complicated the job is the less time and useful information you will be given.
• If the salesperson says, "All you have to do is..." you know you're in trouble.
• When a customer says, "It's perfect except..." you know it will be necessary to rebuild the whole piece. The last three laws were sent by Robert Nicholson
• Assaf's Laws of Lines
o The number of open service windows at banks, post offices, airline counters, etc... always equals [n/2 - m], n being the total number of windows and m being a random number between 1 and the total number of windows minus 1.
o The simpler and quicker your transaction, the more complex and time-consuming the transaction of the person immediately ahead of you in the line. Sent by Francis Assaf
• When you stand at your counter for hours on end and then go to break, that's when the customer comes and rings the bell for help. Sent by Rebekah
• Any item that you want to purchase from a catalog will always be out of stock at the time you want to buy it. Sent by Robert Van Sile
• If your Check-Book and Bank-Balance Sheet agree... Re-Do-It... You Goofed Up This is from my own experience over the past 50+ years!
• "Billing Statements do not provide 'Actual Posting Dates' They reflect 'Accurate Posting Dates'"
This was contained within a reply from a Retail Credit Account Analyst of a major Banking Establishment
Sent by Clawd Hammer
• The severity of a sales problem is inversely proportional to the distance from nearest support office - Sent by Del Olds
From Murphy Laws Site