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Math is Everywhere

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
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I took a Mathematical Economics class in my undergraduate days.

Over time, I’ve come to expect the algebraic equations and numbers in all my tutorial questions.

Then one time, my course mates and I were presented with a question with only words. Most of them were stunned. But I was not.


I’ve began to see business in terms of equations when I was still in University.

Assets = Equity + Liabilities.

Gross Profit = Revenue – Cost of Sales.

When I started consulting for businesses, these equations became more complex.

Design Thinking = Desirability Feasibility Viability

Student Engagement = (Affective + Behavioral + Cognitive) Engagement

ONE Thing = Talent Passion World Reward

The last equation, in particular, was something I discovered after researching several other concepts such as the Hedgehog Concept, ikigai, and The 8th Habit.

And that’s the beauty of math.

How can you present your philosophy, framework, or concept in the form of a mathematical equation?

Melvyn Tan

Despite living the good life at midlife, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My aim here is to reinvent midlife, learn new skills, and understand how the world works post-COVID.