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What do you know about the Law of Entropy? If you have heard of the law or not, it doesn’t matter. In these few paragraphs, you’ll see how the law of entropy can both help and hinder you.

The Law of Entropy states that all systems, if left unattended, run down. Unless new energy is provided, each organism deteriorates. What does this mean when applied to individuals, teams, relationships, organizations, and associations?

If these are left unattended, no new energy is provided and they will diminish.


Notable & Quotable

“I think you should always bear in mind that entropy is not on your side.” – Elon Musk

“No structure, even an artificial one, enjoys the process of entropy. It is the ultimate fate of everything, and everything resists it.” –Philip K. Dick

“Just as the constant increase of entropy is the basic law of the universe, so it is the basic law of life to be ever more highly structured and to struggle against entropy.” – Václav Havel

“Software is like entropy. It is difficult to grasp, weighs nothing, and obeys the second law of thermodynamics; i.e. it always increases.” – Norman Ralph Augustine


A marriage left to go on its own with no nurturing of each of the partner will become stagnant over time and because of this, 50 percent of first-time marriages fail completely and often end in divorce. Marriages don’t thrive just because two people are in love, compatible, or hold things in common – even if they get off to a fantastic start.

When there isn’t a conscious effort to inject new energy and vitality into the marriage – no matter how good the couple’s lives appear to be – harm will result. Without maintenance and adaptive involvement, the attention declines over time and old habits sneak back into relationships and organizations. The result? The impetus to move forward evaporates.

In business, if we assume that our systems, relationships, operations, sales, and marketing can be left unattended and unrefreshed, they will break. [quotesright]Machines do not work without maintenance, repair, and tuning, nor will we or our companies. [/quotesright]

"Some people harm their souls...without being exposed to great temptations. They simply let their souls wither not realizing that thoughts, which meant a great deal to them in their youth, have turned into meaningless sounds." – Albert Schweitzer

[quotes] “If you stop being scared, that's when entropy sets in, and you may as well go home.” – Tamsin Greig[/quotes]

Do you find that you’re asking yourself what to do to counteract personal and organizational entropy? Is there a way to make certain that your relationships with others, and with yourself, are well nurtured and thriving? What do you do within your teams or departments to keep creativity flowing, allowing the energy and drive to be tapped?

By paying attention and with proper care, you'll be able to keep the energy in your life flowing and growing for the remainder of your days. There are many more means and resources available today than ever before and often they're right at your fingertips.

Some ways to break the law of entropy include:

  • Having and reviewing Goals,
  • Exercising,
  • Going on date nights with your significant other,
  • Meditating,
  • Reflective journaling, and
  • Reviewing your metrics in business and your personal life.

Knowing What I Now Know – K.W.I.N.K. – is a great way to stop and reassesses your life in any and all areas that will insure that you can break the Law of Entropy.

Maybe, just maybe, the Law of Entropy is one law that you should seriously consider breaking!

by Coach Phil Gilkes