What's faster - brain or adding machine?
He was trying to figure out how much a week he's getting from his new job, but he only had the annual salary amount. So I told him immediately.
"That's $650 a week" I said confidently just a second later, while my friend was just starting to reach over for his calculator.
"Whaat!" he said, "Is that right?"
He tapped away, then looked up.
"It was $643. That's amazingly close. How did you do it so fast?"
I smiled and shrugged it off. "I'm just smart."
But the fact is there are easy tricks you can use for this kind of broad estimate.
For example, in less than a second you can tell them that earning $30,000 per year is nearly $600 per week (it's $577, close enough)
The calculating is easy to do... here's how:
- First, just take off the 2 zeros at the end of the number. So $30,000 becomes 300.
- Then double it. This gives you 600, which is an accurate weekly amount to within a few dollars.
$100,000, how much a week is that? PHOTO: Quintenews
Or, let's say you've won $100,000. And instead of spending it, you decide to put it in the bank and get 6% interest on it... $6,000 a year.
But how much is that a week?
- Take the last 2 zeros off. That leaves you with 60.
- Double it, and you get $120 per week.
The calculator says $116... but again that's close enough for a good estimate.
There are many ways you can use this secret method to impress people. Have fun!
Got to hand it to you, the lotto system you invented should be destroyed so only I can use it. I had to share my prize with 3 others which made it only $54,370.00 for me, but Im not complaining.