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The Salary Theorem

Written by Nickel - 5 Comments

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Postulate 1: Knowledge is Power.

Postulate 2: Time is Money.

As anyone who has had a physics class knows: Power = Work / Time.

And since Knowledge = Power (Postulate 1) and Time = Money (Postulate 2)…

It is therefore true that: Knowledge = Work / Money.

Solving for Money, we get: Money = Work / Knowledge

Thus, as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity, regardless of the amount of Work done.

Published on June 12th, 2005 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Humor,Working

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Comments (scroll down to add your own):

  1. That theorem holds true in my office up to the Associate VP level. Only smart people tend to break though to VP level, so maybe there’s another theorem that takes that into account. :>

    Comment by Anonymous — Jun 13th 2005 @ 1:41 pm
  2. Haha, nice theorum. Too bad, in your sparkle of brilliance, you have assured yourself a life of poverty. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Anonymous — Jun 13th 2005 @ 8:45 pm
  3. I like it. ๐Ÿ™‚ So what you’re saying is that the less we learn, the more we earn? (No rhyme intended.)

    Sometimes it seems like the only thing you really need to know is how to convince people to give you money. Anything beyond that is, well, just fluff… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Anonymous — Sep 8th 2005 @ 10:27 pm
  4. Another way to look at this is the less Knowledge applied, the higher the cost (Money) for the same amount of Work.

    Comment by Anonymous — May 28th 2011 @ 12:41 pm
  5. i absolutely agree,
    if two people are paid the same and work the same,
    then the less knowledgeable is earning more money (relatively), or the more knowledgeable is earning less money(relatively), and it might be both :).

    Comment by Anonymous — Sep 10th 2012 @ 2:32 am

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