This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill – Fifteen percent concentrated power of will – Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain – And a hundred percent reason to remember the name!

So says the gang from Fort Minor in their high-motivational song Remember The Name, background music to many a martial movie trailer from Fighting to the new Karate Kid.

But are their percentages right?

I’ve come across a few other formulas for success and happiness over the years, so I thought I’d bring them together in one blog to see what you think.

Success = IQ + (EQ + other factors)

IQ = Intelligence Quotient (20%)

EQ = Emotional Quotient (Emotional Intelligence)

Click here to find out what EI is and why it matters, and here to learn the business case for emotional intelligence.

H= S + C + V

H = enduring level of happiness

S = set range (50%)

C = circumstances (10%)

V = voluntary variables (40%)

What makes this one interesting is the percentages. Forty percent is quite alot of happiness to have in our power!

H = P + E + M

H = Happiness

P = Pleasure

E = Engagement (Flow)

M = Meaning

Here’s a slightly more complicated British version of the ‘happiness formula’ if you want some choice: Happiness = P + (5xE) + (3xH)

Despair = Suffering – Meaning

This is a formula adopted by Viktor Frankl while experiencing first-hand the horrors of the concentration camps. So he knows what he’s talking about. Read his amazing story here.

And finally, the one we all know…

Success = I + P

I = Inspiration (10%)

P = Perspiration (90%)

Have you heard or any others? Or developed one of your own?

PS Here’s a relevant quote from Dick Fosbury (of ‘Fosbury Flop‘ fame):

When you reach that elite level, 90 percent is mental and 10 percent is physical. You are competing against yourself. Not against the other athlete.