Never, ever give more than 100%

April 25, 2014

This comes from two maths teachers with a combined total of 70 years’ experience.

It has an indisputable mathematical logic. It also made me laugh out loud.

This is a strictly mathematical viewpoint.

What makes 100%?

What does it mean to give more than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We’ve all been to meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%.

How about achieving 103%? Or 107%?

What makes up 100% in life? 

Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions. 


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 

is represented as 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 




8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98% 




11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96% 




1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100% 




2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103% 


being a company man




or a yes man.


1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118% 


However, to really get ahead, do whatever they tell you, no matter how illogical it is




So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty, that while hard work and knowledge will get you close, and attitude will get you there, it’s the bullshit, being a company man, ass-kissing and blind devotion that will put you over the top.

Now we know why some people are where they are today.

I rest my case.


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