An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Mathematics of Success

Got this from Jeshi. Thought was very interesting and apt in the real world!

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From a strictly mathematical viewpoint it goes like this:

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 have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?
Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:

If:
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.

Then:

H-A-R-D-W-O-R- K
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

and

K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

But,

A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

And,

B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T
2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

AND,

A-S-S-K-I-S-S-I-N-G
1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

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 and Ass kissing that will put you over the top !!

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4 Comments
  1. Anurag says

    See all the guys who are sucessful in life. It is only those guys who have the two qualities mentioned. The real worker is working silently and doesnot have the time to brag about his qualities in his resume.

    Into the trash goes his resume.

    Well the reality I think is nothing suceeds like success. Can you tell me one person who has planned and was successful?

    Success happens. And then even the most bullshit story becomes a success story. And all the idiots try to emulate it.

    Probably Gita comes true here, “Karam Kar Phal Ki Icha Na Kar”. Those who do the Karma without looking for the ‘phala’ of success succeed. But those who keep the ‘Phala’ as the target get it not.

    Sometimes I get confused whether to have a goal and follow it or simply give my best,For isn’t the Goal the ‘phala’.

  2. Desh says

    Anurag:

    Here is my take on this:

    1. Gita doesnt say “Phala ki iccha mat kar” – it says “Phala se Aasakti mat rakh” – these are two different things. Aasakti means no attachment. When you realize that a Goal or result or event is a temporary phenomenon, then you realize that success AND failure are just fleeting. Personally, I have seen this to be VERY true. The way I have managed this is – by increasing the “temporal space” of my analysis of an event.. and immediately it seems absolutely insignificant!! Even the worst time of my life – and you have been witness of those times up close – seem so insignificant now in the long term analysis.. that Aaasakti – or getting affected by the Sorrow/Frustration or the elation of subsequent success in my life has seemed useless!!

    That is why it is important that Gita very clearly says that Yogi is a person who neither eats a lot.. nor too little.. who is neither very elated at success not sad at sorrow.. he is always “balanced” with equanimity. It is tough and there havent been many people – except perhaps Vishwa – whom I have seen to be so balanced but it is a worthwhile aim to follow.

    2. Success is more about attitude and I agree with that here. I have seen enough number of people in my life who would not have the right attitude to future and so they couldnt “make” it.

    Success here is in the worldly definitional sense! And it has very little, if anything, to do with Happiness!!

    Hey Paddy why dont you write your thoughts as a blog too..??

    Cheers,
    -desh

  3. Anurag says

    See all the guys who are sucessful in life. It is only those guys who have the two qualities mentioned. The real worker is working silently and doesnot have the time to brag about his qualities in his resume.

    Into the trash goes his resume.

    Well the reality I think is nothing suceeds like success. Can you tell me one person who has planned and was successful?

    Success happens. And then even the most bullshit story becomes a success story. And all the idiots try to emulate it.

    Probably Gita comes true here, “Karam Kar Phal Ki Icha Na Kar”. Those who do the Karma without looking for the ‘phala’ of success succeed. But those who keep the ‘Phala’ as the target get it not.

    Sometimes I get confused whether to have a goal and follow it or simply give my best,For isn’t the Goal the ‘phala’.

  4. Desh says

    Anurag:

    Here is my take on this:

    1. Gita doesnt say “Phala ki iccha mat kar” – it says “Phala se Aasakti mat rakh” – these are two different things. Aasakti means no attachment. When you realize that a Goal or result or event is a temporary phenomenon, then you realize that success AND failure are just fleeting. Personally, I have seen this to be VERY true. The way I have managed this is – by increasing the “temporal space” of my analysis of an event.. and immediately it seems absolutely insignificant!! Even the worst time of my life – and you have been witness of those times up close – seem so insignificant now in the long term analysis.. that Aaasakti – or getting affected by the Sorrow/Frustration or the elation of subsequent success in my life has seemed useless!!

    That is why it is important that Gita very clearly says that Yogi is a person who neither eats a lot.. nor too little.. who is neither very elated at success not sad at sorrow.. he is always “balanced” with equanimity. It is tough and there havent been many people – except perhaps Vishwa – whom I have seen to be so balanced but it is a worthwhile aim to follow.

    2. Success is more about attitude and I agree with that here. I have seen enough number of people in my life who would not have the right attitude to future and so they couldnt “make” it.

    Success here is in the worldly definitional sense! And it has very little, if anything, to do with Happiness!!

    Hey Paddy why dont you write your thoughts as a blog too..??

    Cheers,
    -desh

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