A Corollary Bypass

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 everyone knows, Power is Work divided by Time.

So, substituting algebraic equations for these time worn bits of wisdom, we get:

K = P
T = M
P = W/T

Now, do a few simple substitutions:

  • Put W/T in for P in the first equation, which yields:

    K = W/T

  • Put M in for T into a new equation, which yields:

    K = W/M

Now we’ve got something. Expanding back into English, we get:

Knowledge equals Work divided by Money.

What this MEANS is that:

  1. The More You Know, the More Work You Do,


  2. The More You Know, the Less Money You Make.

Solving for Money, we get:
M = W/K

Money equals Work divided by Knowledge.

From this last equation we see that Money approaches infinity as Knowledge approaches 0, regardless of the Work done.


The More you Make, the Less you Know.

Solving for Work, we get:

W = M x K

Work equals Money times Knowledge

From this equation we see that Work approaches 0 as Knowledge approaches 0.


The stupid rich do little or no work.

Working out the socioeconomic implications of this breakthrough is left as an exercise for the reader.