I’ve heard it attributed to Napoleon and to Russians. Maybe they learned it from each other, eh? Basically if you have nothing to lose, things get easier. Or once you’ve started a thing, you might as well finish it. Any other meanings? The coworkers enjoyed this one pretty thoroughly as they were leaving, with one proclaiming aloud “I am the wet man!”
The sign was messed with again this week. Based on the letters I had available and the position they were in when I got to them one morning, I believe that they spelled out BE A WANG, which is actually kind of funny when you think about the advice that it started out as. Again, no letters stolen, though the W was somewhat chipped.