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Creed of the Sociopathic Obsessive Compulsive

I posted this once beforre and had a hard time finding it, so I am re-posting. One last NECC observation - the people I tend to respect the most are all  Sociopathic Obsessive Compulsives. Sorry, but you know the shoe fits.

Peter's Laws (The Creed of the Sociopathic Obsessive Compulsive)

  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 and 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 beat them, join them, and then beat them.
  8. If it's worth doing, it's got to be done now!
  9. If you can't win, change the rules.
  10. If you can't change the rules, then ignore them.
  11. Perfection is not optional.
  12. When faced without a challenge, make one.
  13. "No" simply means begin again at one level higher.
  14. Don't walk when you can run.
  15. Bureaucracy is a challenge to be conquered with a righteous attitude, a tolerance for stupidity, and a bulldozer when necessary.
  16. When in doubt, THINK!
  17. Patience is a virtue, but persistence to the point of success is a blessing.
  18. The squeaky wheel gets replaced.
  19. The faster you move, the slower time passes, the longer you live!

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Reader Comments (15)

Doug, I love these. I shared them with my team, and then sent them to another team I work with.


June 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMiguel Guhlin

Great! They are not original with me, but I don't know who the original "Peter" was.

Missed you at NECC!


June 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Johnson

my uncle has this creed on his wall. its so big that you can stay a mile and see it. he is one of you.

January 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkimone Leiba

Hi Kimone,

Obviously your uncle is a very wise man!

I have an old poster of this as well on my office wall.

All the best,


January 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Johnson

The original Peter is Peter Diamandis, the man with the civilian space flight mission. He definitely lives by these laws.

April 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

Hi Taylor,

Very nice to know. Thanks!


April 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Johnson

Actually I have seen it attributed to Dr. Peter Safar, the father of resuscitation.

September 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCroaker260

Oh yes, the version I have has 22 laws.
here are the final ones:

20. Death is not the enemy but occasionally needs help with timing
21. When on thin ice, dance
22. It's up to us to save the world

September 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCroaker260

Thanks, Croaker, for this info and for the additional rules as well.

All the best,


September 18, 2008 | Registered CommenterDoug Johnson

Croaker and Doug: The original Peter was not Peter Safar. The PeterĀ“s Laws were given to Peter Safar, because they fitted so well. The were then extended by law 20-22. I seem to have misplaced the copy Peter Safar gave to me, but I think No 20 is a quote by or is jokingly attributed to Peter de Winter (?), No 21 by/to John Snyder (?) and 22 (here I am sure) Safar himself. best wishes Philip

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

I should have looked this up before: here are all the facts:

best wishes philip

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

This is awesome and the frosting on the awesome cake is that I got here via a facebook post by a high school student :)

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Many years ago, my husband bought me the creed on a large poster ... but being the S.O.C. that I am, I immediately retyped it to delete the one rule I didn't like, and framed it so it's visible while I'm at my desk. Thanks so much for making it available online!

October 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Carabelli

Hi Janet,

Glad you found it. I have that big poster on my office door - clearly visible at all times.

Out of curiosity, what law did you not like?


October 25, 2011 | Registered CommenterDoug Johnson

At the Science Museum in Chicago they have this creed posted except they have a #20 which says: The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!

May 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMeowwow

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