What does it mean to give more than 100%?

Tuesday 23 November 2010, 7.58am HKT

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 more than 100%. How about giving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?

Let’s try a little mathing to answer these questions.

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If we represent the alphabet with numerical values, thus:

A=1 B=-2 C=3 D=4 E=5 F=6 G=7 H=8 I=9 J=10 K=11 L=12 M=13

N=14 O=15 P=16 Q=17 R=18 S=19 T=20 U=21 V=22 W=23 X=24 Y=25 Z=26

Then the words,

HARDWORK = 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

KNOWLEDGE = 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%


ATTITUDE = 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

BULLSHIT = 2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

But look how far ass-kissing will get you:

ASSKISSING = 1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

We can therefore conclude with mathematical certainty,

While hard work and knowledge will get you close,

And attitude will get you there,

It’s bullshit and ass-licking that will put you over the top.

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Remember, some people are alive simply because


2 Responses to “What does it mean to give more than 100%?”

  1. Ketan said

    Hahaha! Too good! Really funny! Sharing over Twitter. :)


  2. Kagi said

    That saying always just makes us feel tired. When 100% perfection is merely the expectation, you do not get any appreciation of anything you do unless it is enough to stress you into an early grave (almost literally, in my case) and only get criticism/complaints/rage if you can’t manage that perfection. No matter what you do, how much you give your all, it’s never good enough. You have to be more perfect that perfect if you want any words of praise or ‘you’re doing/have done a good job here.’

    We grew up like this because my dad is one of those people who believes in the ‘always give 110%’ maxim, and ended up in a series of mostly abusive low wage jobs that take advantage of the same factor. I am now physically disabled as well as suffering from severe anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder, and even with meds and therapy, it’s become clear that we are never going to work again, not more than light part time anyway.

    I often wonder how much the stress in our life because of this ‘perfectionist principle’ has contributed to our various mental health issues. I suspect it is rather a lot, though being on the autism spectrum means we have a high tendency to struggle with anxiety and depression to begin with, so perhaps the point is moot.

    (I apologise for confusing pronouns, we are a functioning multiple system and while I am the ‘fronting’ personality, usually the face and voice and can speak for the All (the collective), I tend to switch back and forth with personal and collective pronouns.)


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