Coincidence or Not?

Coincidence or not

You may have seen this motivational masterpiece. It’s a favorite among performance consultants. 

It goes as follows:

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
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:

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

AND:

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

Both are important, but fall just short of 100%

BUT…

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

So the moral of the story is that if you have the right attitude, you will achieve 100 percent of your potential. 

It sure looks great on paper. To test the mystical value of this proposition, I’ve written a short script to first create words that are between 2-12 character long that add up to the value of 100 and then find which of these is found in a dictionary. 

As might be expected, the script generated hundreds of valid words (see the short sample below just for the letter A). It turns out that many of them are not very motivational.

A N E U R I S M
1 20 20 9 20 21 4 5 100%
B O Y C O T T  
1 20 20 9 20 21 4   100%

The problem with all of these leadership gimmicks is that they fail to understand the fundamentals of human performance, chiefly that nothing in nature functions at 100% efficiency. In actuality, anything that’s operational at the 70 percentile range is outstanding. 

Anyone with doubts should consult Frederick Brooks’ Mythical Man-Month.

Word

Letter Values

Sum

Abrogative

1 + 2 + 18 + 15 + 7 + 1 + 20 + 9 + 22 + 5

100

Acromegaly

1 + 3 + 18 + 15 + 13 + 5 + 7 + 1 + 12 + 25

100

Affectation

1 + 6 + 6 + 5 + 3 + 20 + 1 + 20 + 9 + 15 + 14

100

Alienation

1 + 12 + 9 + 14 + 5 + 1 + 20 + 9 + 15 + 14

100

Anchoritic

1 + 14 + 3 + 8 + 15 + 18 + 9 + 20 + 9 + 3

100

Anglophobia

1 + 14 + 7 + 12 + 15 + 16 + 8 + 15 + 2 + 9 + 1

100

Anorchism

1 + 14 + 15 + 18 + 3 + 8 + 9 + 19 + 13

100

Aryanism

1 + 18 + 25 + 1 + 14 + 9 + 19 + 13

100

Asbestos

1 + 19 + 2 + 5 + 19 + 20 + 15 + 19

100

 

© Copyright 2017 Yaacov Apelbaum, All Rights Reserved.

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