# Math Equation for Success in Life

## Math Equation for Success in Life

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%? What does that really mean? Have you ever been to a meeting or a conference where someone, perhaps your boss or the president of the company, asks you to give over 100%? Maybe, even 110%?

## How to be Successful

That got me to thinking (I've been known to do that from time to time), what actually makes up that 100% we are supposed to give in life?

Think of the letters in the alphabet represented as numbers:

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

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%.

Isn't that a great example? Your attitude is 100% of everything you do.

On the other hand:
B-U-L-L-S-*-*-T
2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

And look how far a** kissing will take you.
A-*-*-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 BULLS**T and A** KISSING that will put you over the top and guarantee your success.

I know what you're thinking. You don't want to use those last two behaviors in order to succeed. Okay. Let me put it this way. In addition to having that 100% positive attitude in order to succeed, you better sharpen up your politically correct behavior as well. You may not label it as I have but it is definitely what you should employ when the boss asks you after delivering his too wordy, too long, and too boring lecture to the troops: "Well, what did you think of my speech?"

During your pursuit of success, it is an asset also to be considered intelligent. Here is a very simple test to gauge your Intellect.

Take a look at the following video. Can you read what it says?

## Intelligence and Intellect

Did you understand the scrambled words in that video?

Only 55% of 100 people who read those words will understand them. What does that mean?

Simple. If you understand them, you are one of the 55%! And therefore more intelligent than the remaining 45%.

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msorensson 6 years ago

Yes, thank you, drbj, I agree, attitude is primary.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hello, msorensson, nice to meet you. You are absolutely right about attitude. Our attitude, whether we are aware of it or not, governs every thing we do and every success we achieve.

You're welcome.

Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Attitude you show as 100% which I agree but the other two words are definitely not the right attitude.

Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Wonderful hub, drbj --you've such a talent for giving a serious subject a light dose of humor. Thanks for another marvelous hub!!

Of course attitude is 100% - it's what a person brings to every thing going on within and every interpretation of what's going on without oneself. As you say - it is in effect and control whether or not we're aware of it. It's so intrinsic and central to a person's awareness, in fact, it's easy to confuse this ever-present subjectivity with objective "universal truth" as many people seem to. Trouble erupts when more than one subjective "universe" collides with another (out of the jillions roaming the Earth) in disagreement as to the objective universal truths! ;)

As to the "politically correct" ingredients, unfortunately in some areas of human interaction, those attitudes too often are the ones rewarded. It's nice to be retired from hose areas, isn't it?

I prefer the more "correct" attitudes of tolerance and honesty - but my career record may be testimony to their failure to achieve success those others more often do!

;)

Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

ps - perhaps I should have said that tolerance and honesty may be more "correct" ethically or morally, but are surely less "politically" so! hehe

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hello, hello. Yes, you are correct. Attitude IS 100% of all that we do. And I was also trying to show that the last two behaviors may not be the "right" ones but are often the expedient ones in many business environments.

Each one of us has the privilege of choosing to use them or not.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, you are spot on; often it's the PC behaviors that get rewarded but we still are in control of whether we choose to use them and in which circumstances we use them.

Have a great day.

Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I bet all of the hrbubes cluod raed the lsat vdieo bacesue we're sepical!

sheila b. 6 years ago

Giving more than 100% seems one would have to be giving 2 different things. That's where your kissing and bull come into play, right?

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Austinstar - You ARE clever. You and they are not only septical but asoblultey birllanit! Thanks for the igneouins cmomnet.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, sheila b.

That's nimble thinking. Would you like to be my new CPO? That's Chief Propaganda Officer.

GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA

Hi Good Doctor bj - I gave you at least 150% for this article, mostly because it was so mathematically precise about words so commonly used in toting stuff up for these analyses...

I thought about prior civilizations and attempted to apply your methods and reasoning to their written "alphabets." That did not work out very well. (What mathematical values can be assigned to hieroglyphic characters such as birds, fish, cats, and things like those?)

Then I got to thinking some more. Aha! That is what they are using in Washington. No wonder it is all such a mess.

Gus ;-O

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Congratulations, Gus, you have discovered the reason for all the DC confusion. We know they are using different standards for thinking. Intelligence is out. Verbosity is in - especially from teleprompters.

But now, thanks to your out-of-the-box thinking, I have to agree. They must be using a different alphabet. After dissing Arizona's courageous move to enforce federal laws already on the books, Pelosi and Holder confessed they hadn't read them. How could they? Their alphabet must be different.

Thanks for the visit and kind comments - always a pleasure to chat.

EllenGraeger 6 years ago from Madrid

Intelligence ??? Intelligence !!! And also "attitude", the most often used word in MLM in order to get an MLM philosophy hammered into thousands of networkers' heads.

And what about a professional intelligent attitude ? Doesn't it necessarily sometimes include the 118% and 103% words ?

May I go on asking ? Or do I use all the hub comments space ? drbj, you always get me started ! But anyway, I love the bovine equation for success.

Thank you, I knew cows were intelligent.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Ellen, m'dear, you warm the cockles of my heart. Thank you for your comments. Questions are the lifeblood of intelligent communication. Answers, of course, may be a different animal. And speaking of animals, happy you enjoyed the "successful" cow.

Although I thought I was writing this hub tongue in cheek, I must state I am not an advocate of brain-washing, oops, I mean MLM techniques. I am not advocating devious means like the bull and the kissing techniques.

I am merely stating the facts. In a corporate, or any other team environment, you and I both know that those behaviors exist and whether one chooses to use them or not is a matter of personal choice and one's as you so aptly put it, "professional intelligent attitude."

De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Absl.utely BRILLIANT! Loved this. Did not get the bus thing but I could easily read the jumbled up words, because I am dyslexic! :-)) THANK YOU FOR THIS! :-)))

Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

This was wonderful! I've never seen a formula for success so simply and brilliantly stated. I think I'm jealous--I wish I had thought of this! Behind the numbers, you are correct--it isn't enough to play the game--how you play it is watched and noticed. For better or worse.

I need to get to bed, but instead I will likely spend some time examining a numerical equivalent of many, many words.

Voted up and beautiful.

Mike

Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Great hub

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

De Greek - It takes an absolutely brilliant reader to recognize an absolutely brilliant piece of writing. Thank you, thank you for the accolade.

Don't worry about the bus - there's always another one.

Who knew dyslexia could come in handy?

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Mike for both the kind words and the understanding.

After a number of years working with wannabe managers (the PC term for them is "emerging" managers), I realized that sometimes their behavioral knowledge didn't quite measure up to their professional or technical skills. So the "attitude is 100%" came into play.

Two "brilliants" in a row? Wow! How can I possibly top that? Thank you, thank you.

Shil1978 6 years ago

Wonderful hub drb, certainly one of the more interesting hubs I've read of late, clever!

Voted up and rated!! Thanks for this read :)

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, Putz, for the visit and the "great."

Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder

It has been so long since I have been around a bus, the answer made no sense at first. :)

I love the way you added the words up. It is really too funny how some things work out. Absolutely love the picture at the beginning! It is great!

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hello, Shil 1978, how nice to meet you.

You are obviously discerning, discriminating and judicious as evidenced by your comments: "wonderful, interesting, clever, voted up and rated."

Thank you for your visit. If you like to laugh, visit my Crazy Laws and Weird Animals hubs, too. Thanks again, come back any time.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Ivorwen, hope you are having a pleasant weekend.

I can't remember the last time I rode a bus either but I do remember, vaguely, where the entry door was. But I admit, I didn't think of the door right off the bat. I figured it was just standing still so the door wasn't important.

Happy you enjoyed the word addition and delighted you found the cow cartoon as funny as I did. Thanks for the visit and the comments.

Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

drbj, Very clever hub. And, of course, attitude is everything! Great hub.

akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Cute, cute, cute - and hard work - that is always the answer I have found.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Pamela. That has always been my belief, too.

Attitude is everything and everything starts with attitude.

Thanks for stopping by and your kind comment.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Good morning, a, If I may be so bold to use your first name.

I agree that hard work is essential to success but with a less than positive attitude some folks might not "stay the course."

Thank you for the "cute" comment. Cute is good.

prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

drbj, i redeemed myself hehe, thanks to the last video. I beat the two children here with me, my nephews here who are five and seven years old who always ride the school bus both pointed to the right directions and they are viewing the video with me, I cant figure it out hehehehe

Nice one, that's what I like in your hubs, you make me think, I like kissing with whom huhuhu, kissing make a difference, huh

attitude does

great hub, of course I like it very much, rated it up as awesome. Maita

Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

lol. A** kissing and bullsh*t...not all that surprising. Never saw the mathematical truth of it, but there it is. Hmm, for me personally, I'd like to think a little bit of hard work, a** kissing AND bullsh*t = 106% on average, and that's still pretty good.

Great and funny hub.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Maita. So your nephews knew the answer to the bus riddle but you beat them with the jumbled-up words. Thank goodness. Otherwise you might never have heard the end of it from them.

Delighted that I made you think - one of my favorite things to do. The other is to make you laugh.

Thank you for the rating and the "awesome" You're pretty awesome yourself.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Springboard, for the "great" and "funny" comment. I aim to please.

106% average with 3 behaviors? Not bad at all!

Thanks for stopping by.

Wanderlust 6 years ago from New York City

Very funny :)) LOL I have a Master degree in Mathematics, and always find math amusing :))

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, Wanderlust.

I must admit that math in high school was not amusing to me - Trig was the bane of my existence. So I'm impressed with your achievements.

But now I've learned many great ways to use math as long as I have a calculator with me. Happy you found my hub funny.

prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Nice information from you. I learn much from this hub. Thumbs up and thanks for share with us. Good work, my friend.

Prasetio

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Sherry, for the visit and the "great hub" comment. I predict you will be successful in every endeavor you undertake. How do I know? Because you realize the importance of attitude!

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hello, Prasetio.

Thank you for the very nice comments. It is always a pleasure to have you visit. And I love "thumbs up."

Cris A 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Absolutely brilliant! But you'd have to settle with an "awesome" rating. I should've majored in math! Haha

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Oh, Cris, you are definitely more than 100% but I love the "brilliant" and your sense of humor. Nice to make your acquaintance. Come back any time

wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K.

I was expecting to find an algerbraic equation, was very pleasently surprised! I often wondered how anyone could give more then 100%, now I know. Another great hub drbj, very much enjoyed it. :)

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Sometimes the phrases we use, like giving 110%, are less than meaningful when we analyze them. Happy you found ejoyment in the analysis.

katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Fantastic information. One I will share will all graduates I know and many others. Fab Math Equation for Success and so true. Thanks I needed that! Peace:)

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Katiem.

I love you for the "fantastic." Guess the "m" in your name stands for magnanimous. Delighted to have this shared with everyone who will listen. Peace to you, too.

Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

As always laugh out loud funy, and then the message really hits about what you really need in life, but I would say you need all of them to succeed.

So great hub. rated and all that good stuff, keep them coming like you always do.

WildIris 6 years ago

drbj~ I was having such a bad day before I read your Hub. FUN. Exceptional. I think I'm going back to preschool. Over thinking get me every time. Thumbs up. Beautiful mind at work. Thanks

chinweike 6 years ago from Glasgow, UK

What a wonderful and inspiring mathematician you are. I used to think i am good in mathematics.

thanks for giving out the formulae.

Cheers!

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Rebecca. Wow, "laugh out loud funny?" What more could anyone hope for? Thank you, thank you.

And with a message, too. Thank you, my dear Rebecca, I'm your fan, too.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hello, Wildiris. Thank you for the Thumbs up. It is entirely my pleasure. Sorry you were having a bad day but delighted I could provide some fun. That's what I like to do.

Your comment about pre-school really hit the mark with me. Sometimes I think our entire lives are just advanced pre-school.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Cheers back at you, chinweike. How nice to meet you. Delighted you enjoyed my mathematical formula. Follow the guidelines and I guarantee you success. Promise.

jiberish 6 years ago from florida

Very funny and insightful. I love games. Thanks for sharing!

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Jiberish, you're welcome. It's my pleasure to share. Happy you found this funny and insightful. I love games, too. Take a look at my hub on the Pig Personality Test. Think you will enjoy it, too. Let me know whatcha think.

billyaustindillon 6 years ago

drbj I love the touch of humor to 'getting off the couch and doing it' - shows it can be done.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, Billy, it works just as well getting off the chair and out of the recliner, too.

Always appreciate your visits and gracious humor.

James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Very clever you are. I enjoyed your Hub today. Thank you for this pleasure.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

James - Your pleasure is my pleasure. Delighted you enjoyed this hub and thank you for the "clever" comment. My ego thanks you, too.

habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Funny, but so true!

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, habee. We could say that about our lives sometimes, too, couldn't we? Funny but so true!

Thanks for dropping by; it's my pleasure.

Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

Well I was a bit worried about that bus before I read the reason for the correct answer...in Australia of course entry doors are on the opposite side! Phew...[thought to be honest I never even thought about entry doors]

A diverting hub drbj..

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Jane - you are an honest woman and much to be admired. You could have kept me in the dark and not mentioned you hadn't thought about the entry door.

It's very nice to meet you and thank you for the "diverting" comment. Come back any time. The entry door is always open.

suny51 6 years ago

so kissing is better than knowledge even if you leave "A" out of it,yes I say yes that proves it,that's why I dont carry my knowledge while roaming around.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

suny51 - you are so right. I learned early in my corporate life that you can learn more by keeping your mouth shut and your ears open. Nice to hear you agree.

Someone, I don't remember who, once said: "God gave us two ears and only one mouth so we would listen twice as much as we speak." Right on!

psychicdog.net 6 years ago

This hub was full of B-U-L-L-S-*-*-T drbj. Arriving as late as I did, I am perfectly placed to see the hub actually proved the very premise it rests on - that B-U-L-L-S-*-*-T is successful. Well done!

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, psychicdog. If any of us ever doubted for one minute the efficacy of BULL****, all you have to do is listen to our leaders explain how they plan to solve our problems, i.e., healthcare, Medicare, job loss, oil spills, etc. etc. etc.

I wasn't sure where you were going with your comment but the "Well done" is music to my ears. Thank you.

Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

I really enjoyed this hub, drbj. It really makes me think, attitude is everything, and it's true about those other embellishments people often employ to get ahead, pity hard work and knowledge don't profit in the same way b.S. and a** kissing does. I really enjoyed the video, the bus one really got me, I liked the reading one, because I could read it. It's amazing how our minds works. Really neat hub, I rated it up.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, thank you, Internetwriter, for your gracious comments. Whether we call it networking, social interaction or bull s**t, it's what often makes the world go round, especially in business.

Happy you enjoyed the videos - they are fun. Come back any time!

epigramman 6 years ago

okay here is my numbers game - a brand new top ten for you my friend -

10. obviously you have good taste - it takes one to know one.

9. your hubs are world class because you have plenty of it yourself - class that is!

8. you have an open mind

7. and open heart

6. you have passion and you share your compassion

5. your sense of humor could move a mountain - let's see David Copperfield try that one!

4. you are a creative anomaly

3. you have an eclectic taste in writing and it shows in your hub kingdom.

1. well quite simply there is just no one like you!

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

epi - I have to tell you, I have been fortunate to hear praise in my life but none of it, absolutely none of it, came even near to being as unbelievably creative, as excessively adulatory, as lavish and priceless as well as hysterically funny as your top ten list. I shall cherish it and you.

You have won my heart. Visit whenever and wherever and keep producing those magically poetical hubs.

SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Okay, I am hooked. Your alphabet numbering system is all too wonderful. It was with delight that I read this hub. I loved it. So clever and I work in a school where attitude is what it is all about. Thank you so much. I was not able to figure out the bus thing, even after I was given the explanation. I felt like a big dummy. However, I was able to read every word of the mixed up sentences and that made me feel superior again. Wonderful work. Had to bookmark. Marked as up and funny and awesome!

Oh yeah! I almost forgot, the Bovine Equation for Success is hysterical.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, thank you, Steve, for enjoying this hub and telling me about it in such a praiseworthy manner. It was my pleasure.

I have always believed that attitude is number one in achieving happiness and success. Everything else will then fall in line.

And if you have to use additional tools, diplomatically, then so be it.

Delighted you like my cow - I laugh at her every time I come back to this hub to read and comment.

Wrath Warbone 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

Hi, This is the most enjoyable article I've read in two years or more! Thanks.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Wrath - I don't know what to say - and that in itself is extremely unusual. I mean I'm bowled over by your superlative compliment. But then perhaps you have been confined (?) without reading material for two years.

So I'll simply say, "thank you, thank you," and ask if you would like me to speak to the governor on your behalf. :)

Wrath Warbone 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

That's too funny, and not far from the truth! lol!

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Now, Wrath, that sounds like material for another hub. Let me know when you decide to tell all.

Wrath Warbone 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

As soon as my back pension gets in. lol!

noorin 6 years ago from Canada

lol @ the bus video... I have to admit, I didn't figure it out =( hehe but like u said who is 2 say it isn't backing up, besides 4 some reason it would have never crossed my mind that this bus actually had an entrance somewhere. The other video wouldn't work on my computer, any how enjoyed the article and the equations are entertaining.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, noorin, how nice to meet you. The funniest thing about the bus video, to me, is how easily grade school youngsters got the answers and how difficult it was for us grown-ups to figure it out.

Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

I'm still not sure how old you are, but I can say with a fair amount of certainty that you are old enough to know yourself, yet young enough to have a good laugh at life's idiosyncrasies. Hat's off to you!!

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, susie, I hope I can remain young enough at heart for the rest of my life to continue to laugh at most of the issues life throws at us.

BTW - I sent you to the wrong hub. Forgive me. Think I'm beginning to suffer from CRS - Can't Remember S--t. The correct hub is "Comments and Traffic."

PaperNotes 6 years ago

In life sometimes we wish that we can use a calculator to accurately compute everything but that is not how it should be.

I love the bus video.

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Speaking of calculators, PaperNotes, many school systems allow students to use calculators for math problems, and I'm afraid generations of children will be growing up with little to no math skills. Imagine them trying to figure out how much their bill should be in a store or restaurant when they forget their calculator. Or trying to reconcile a checkbook - many of them today don't have a clue about how to do that.

The bus video is one of my favorites, too.

rockstar 5 years ago

nice.......i love it

drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you for loving it, rockstar. Now I love you!

albock 4 years ago

That bus video is unfair. It is a totally vague drawing of a bus. If it were a more detailed drawing anyone of us would have gotten the correct answer. How can i expect such a poorly detailed drawing to have a detail like the entry door, when it doesn't even have a windshield? And I've never seen a bus that looks the same on both ends. Only kids got the "correct" answer because they don't think of things like that. So don't feel bad if you got this wrong, it's a totally unfair question for such a poor drawing.

drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Well, albock, the drawing may be unfair! But Life is unfair! Think of the detail-less drawing as a 'life lesson.' And don't beat yourself up about it. Thanks for the visit.

shanmarie 20 months ago from Texas

I can read the video, but it hurts my brain! Kinda like trying to understsnd the crazy examples my cognitive psychology professor once used to equate the human mind to a computer. LOL. Actually, this makes more sense. His concept made sense, but not his examples. He had a mind hard to follow.

drbj 20 months ago from south Florida Author

Please don't hurt that creative brain of yours, shanmarie. I knew you would be able to decipher the video. Shame on that professor for being hard to follow in class. That was his fault - not yours nor other students.