No, this isn’t the title of next week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory (thank God). The motor coefficient is something I’ve come up with to figure out the equation that will predict productivity and ultimately success. You can put away your TI-83. I’m not trying to sneak a math lesson up on you. There’s almost nothing scientific about this equation. It’s simply a diagrammatic extension of another set of ramblings and motivations I’m about to bestow upon you.


Where ‘p’ is productivity, ‘t’ is time, and ‘mc’ is your motor coefficient. What’s that you ask? You want to know about the motor coefficient? You want me to go fuck myself and get to the point already? I thought you’d never ask.

The motor coefficient is any individual’s capacity to work hard. To put an arbitrary scale to it, let’s represent that by a number ranging from zero to one. One being Elon Musk and zero being a dead person. The higher your motor coefficient the more productive you have the ability to be over any given timeline.

Got it?

You might be asking yourself: what possible use could I have for some ridiculous equation thought up by a self-help writer slash architect slash Seinfeld aficionado? None. In fact, if you ever get out a pencil and graph paper and try to figure out what your productivity number is I’m sorry for wasting your time but you are a moron. The equation is a silly (but effective?) way to give context to the motor coefficient, so let’s talk more about that.

Some people think they’re cursed with going through life with the motor they were born with. You look at people who’ve done well in life and think: “I could never be that successful because I don’t have the work ethic or ambition they do.” Well, that’s a bunch of bullshit, but I’ll get to that in a second. Your internal motor – that thing that gets you up in the morning and puts your ass in that office chair every day – is just like any other mechanical motor. It must be cared for. It must be maintained. And better yet, it can even be upgraded and improved. You just have to know how to use the right tools, and put in the right oil to make it turn at maximum capacity.

What I’m really trying to say is, using lack of ambition or God-given work ethic is no longer an excuse you can use to sit there snugly in your comfort zone – or as I’ve come to call it – your unhappy place. We are all born with the same motor, some of us have just found out ways to make that motor better.

Smoking weed and watching Wings reruns between trips to McDonald’s will not improve your motor. I know because I’ve been there. Getting exercise, eating good food (fuel) and exploring things that you’re passionate about will. Focus on those fundamentals in your life and that old rusty-ass crank engine will transform into a Ferrari.

Now, for God’s sake put the calculator away and get to work!

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Peter Secan

Peter Secan

Peter is an architectural designer, freelance writer, and creator of The Self Aware Man. He wants to use this blog to share his thoughts and experiences, and much of his power is derived from the baldness of his head. He currently freelances for several blogs, including BusyBoo, Easy Render and Games Like Zone.

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