People’s Daily: The Difference of Just A Little More Effort

Currently the #4 hottest microblog post of the hour on Sina Weibo…

From Sina Weibo:

@人民日报: The people who work just a bit harder than you have actually already flung you far away [are actually already far ahead of you]! Good morning!

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Comments from Sina Weibo:

蓝枫世纪:

Must work a bit harder!!

J__Ning:

Bullshit.

姜馨一:

Why is it multiplication? Not addition?

杨志鹏__:

Actually, it should use multiplication, not exponentiation.

貳劉孖:

This should be addition, not multiplication, bro.

海滨支行薛天志:

The author’s intelligence has problems.

禅达酒馆儿:

Hahaha, everyone has seen through that it should be addition. Was your mathematics taught by a physical education teacher?

六弦法师:

This story tells us: No matter how hard diaosi work, they’ll never catch up to the tall, rich, and handsome.

奔跑者的守护:

Why is it multiplication and not addition? If it is calculated like this, as long as there is one day where nothing is done–numerical value of 0–then the result of the entire year would be 0? Doesn’t addition (or strictly-speaking weighted algebraic sum) make more sense?

南轩墨兮:

The author’s intelligence series. 1.01 to the 365 power means every day is 101% of the effort of the previous day, which is to say every day is 1% improvement on yesterday. How likely this is everyone can hehe together. As for 0.99 to the 365 power, every day becomes 99% of the previous day. The author believes our brains are all damaged components, each day worse than the previous one. PS: Improving every day would be addition.

贱民1982:

Sigh, just looking for trouble, could you be stupider? Even humanities students have gone through middle school, okay?

老刺猬的天涯:

Bullshit calculation, what should be addition is calculated with multiplication. If so, then 30 years of 0.99 work would be equivalent to not having worked at all…

What do you think? Stupid attempt at inspiration? Or nitpicky netizens?

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  • mr.wiener

    Wut?

    • vincent
      • mr.wiener

        gag me with a spoon! Tastes certainly have changed.
        Long time no see Vincent. Happy New years bro, to you and yours.

        • vincent

          Hey thanks Mark hope all is well with you and the missus, seems 2014 will be a good year :D

      • xuedi

        hahaha !!! awesome !!! you made my day ….

        • vincent

          I’m glad to hear that :D

    • Sleepy

      Why is it multiplication and not addition? If it is calculated like this, as long as there is one day where nothing is done–numerical value of 0–then the result of the entire year would be 0? Doesn’t addition (or strictly-speaking weighted algebraic sum) make more sense?

      There it is. Weighted algebraic sum. Duh…

      • mr.wiener

        Wut?

      • North-eastern

        Wut? Wut?

  • North-eastern

    And that’s how you work harder, not smarter.

  • masonman

    Gayest shit I’ve seen in months

  • Zappa Frank

    .

  • Wow Renminribao can’t even report this shit with honesty and accuracy

  • mei mei

    interesting

    • Stefan Xu

      You’re really beautiful. :)
      妳真的很美!

      • mei mei

        aww thank you
        you’re cute too

        • Cauffiel

          You’ll have to excuse him, chinasmack readers don’t talk to pretty girls very often.

          • Truestorybro

            Because usually they are dudes.

          • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

            Considering the fact that half the photos from East Asia are either photoshopped or taken on their phones (which can make you look better than you are) and then the make-up, she may not look as presented.

            I’ve met people who look better in their photos than in real life all over the world. I just feel for the people who look good in real-life but aren’t very photogentic.

          • Cauffiel

            Why? I’d rather be stunning in real life and look like crap in photos than vice versa.

          • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

            Well, in Asia, you need to send a photo along with your CV/Resume. I don’t know if this is about looks or many people sharing the same name or both.

          • Cauffiel

            Haha… ok, I see. Photographs are more important here. I wonder, do Chinese schools have year books?

  • David

    It was supposed to show how working a little extra hard over others adds up over a year to be a huge difference. This was to inspire people to work hard in their everyday lives. While it is true that the difference does add up over time, the calculations meant to show how much of a difference there was were incorrect. As the netizens pointed out it should have been addition (for more effort each day of the year) not multiplication.

  • Taoran

    The fact that stuff like this can get very popular only shows that the vast majority of people don’t understand even the most elementary basics of mathematics.
    Fortunately, many of the quoted chinese commenters see through it.

  • Aero

    So much negativity. It’s just a simple idea to help motivate people. The idea? Putting in a little extra effort each day can really make a difference. The distance between you and those who do less will only magnify as time passes. Yes, the numbers don’t make sense literally but why be so analytical about it? In my opinion, the concept is better illustrated through exponents to metaphorically show the magnitude of working harder. It makes perfect sense!

    • Nessquick Choco

      in china, maybe …

    • Cauffiel

      It is a simple, positive message, and its torn to shreds by people who can’t handle the idea that their life failures are their own fault, or the idea that they have the ability to change it.

  • Aero

    So much negativity. It’s just a simple idea to help motivate people. The idea? Putting in a little extra effort each day can really make a difference. The distance between you and those who do less will only magnify as time passes. Yes, the numbers don’t make sense literally but why be so analytical about it? In my opinion, the concept is better illustrated through exponents to metaphorically show the magnitude of working harder. It makes perfect sense.

  • Zen

    Mark Twain once said,

    “It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.” — Mark Twain

    Quite fit you.

  • FYIADragoon

    How do I series function? hohoho…

  • Zen

    I reply here because your post still waiting moderation.

    No. You have your interpretation and I have mine. Aside from the motivational equation, if you think every effort is just a simple multiplication,

    look around your circle of friends, close friends whom you know quite well enough that you remember what they do during your high school, college year and so on.

    If every effort you spent in the past 1 year is simple like multiplication, everybody can be exactly like you after 1 year later, don’t you think?

    My interpretation and calculation is the EFFORT we have divested in so many activities during the past year do not amount to simple multiplication. They all factor in Who you are, and Where you are right now because they all add up to every fiber of your knowledge, your body, your thinking, your action, your behavior, your choice, your decision. Even just a little effort of “reading” a good book can change your outlook on life. That’s what it is called “Compounding” effect.

    That’s why
    (1.01)^365 is more accurate to describe the effort rather than 1.01 x 365 that is way more simple.

    To give you the credit, yes, that multiplication works if you were to walk 1.01 miles a day and I were to walk 0.99 mile a day. After 1 year, yes, there won’t be no much difference in terms of miles we have walked. But this is the absolute distance we are talking about.

    When it comes to “EFFORT”, there’s no absolute term.

  • Alan Dale Brown

    In a way, this math isn’t incorrect, as long as you you know exactly what it means. If you work 1% harder than you did the day before, and keep doing that for 365 days (no breaks!) , by the end of the year, you’ll be working 37.8 times as hard as you were at the beginning of the year. You would also be very, very tired.

    Now, if you were working 1% harder than you did yesterday – and stopped at that – at the end of the year, you’ll get 1% more done; but that’s not inspirational.

  • John Wang

    Well if you’re multiplying 1.01 by 365 you’re essentially adding 1.01 to itself 365 times. Exponentiation is multiplying by itself 365 times. I believe that’s what the commentator is asking when they said why multiplication not addition.

  • Mike tyson

    The “bro” snippet in 5th comment made me lol.

  • 樊超

    纯种汉人>>>>>>>鬼子>>>>>>>杂种

  • 樊超

    鬼子出来秀智商了??

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