Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 11:18:21 -0700
Dilbert's Salary Law: Engineers Vs. Managers
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Engineers and scientists will never make as much money as business
managers. Now we have a mathematical proof that explains why
this is true:
Postulate 1: Knowledge is Power.
Postulate 2: Time is Money.
As every engineer knows,
Work
---------- = Power
Time
Since Knowledge = Power, and Time = Money, we have:
Work
---------- = Knowledge
Money
Solving for Money, we get:
Work
---------- = Money
Knowledge
Thus, as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity
regardless of the amount of Work done.
Conclusion: The Less you Know, the More you Make.
Note: It has been speculated that the reason why Bill Gates dropped
out of Harvard's math program was because he stumbled upon this proof
as an undergraduate, and dedicated the rest of his career to the
pursuit of ignorance.
[1997.jul.30]
After applying some simple algebra to some trite phrases and cliches a new
understanding can be reached of the secret to wealth and success.
>
> Here it goes.
> Knowledge is Power
> Time is Money and as every engineer knows,
Power is Work over Time.
>
> So, substituting algebraic equations for these time worn bits of
> wisdom, we get:
>
> K = P (1)
> T = M (2)
> P = W/T (3)
>
> Now, do a few simple substitutions:
>
> Put W/T in for P in equation (1), which yields:
> K = W/T (4)
>
> Put M in for T into equation (4), which yields:
>
> K = W/M (5)
> Now we've got something. Expanding back into English, we get:
>
> Knowledge equals Work over Money.
>
> What this MEANS is that:
>
> 1. The More You Know, the More Work You Do, and
> 2. The More You Know, the Less Money You Make.
>
> Solving for Money, we get:
>
> M = W/K (6)
>
> Money equals Work Over Knowledge.
>
> From equation (6) we see that Money approaches infinity as Knowledge
approaches 0, regardless of the Work done.
>
> What THIS MEANS is:
>
> The More you Make, the Less you Know.
>
> Solving for Work, we get
>
> W = M K (7)
>
> Work equals Money times Knowledge
>
> From equation (7) we see that Work approaches 0 as Knowledge
> approaches 0.
>
> What THIS MEANS is:
> The stupid rich do little or no work.
>
> Working out the socioeconomic implications of this breakthrough is
> left as an exercise for the reader
>
>
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> Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off now.