What’s the difference?
I came across an apparently random 14-digit number which turned out to be quite interesting: 65359477124183.
If you multiply it by 17, you get 1111111111111111.
If you are one of those people whose minds close down when face with numbers, please stay with me because it gets even more fascinating.
Let’s multiply the original figure by 34 (that’s 17×2), then 51 (17×3) and so on. This is what you get:
65359477124183 x 17 = 1111111111111111
65359477124183 x 34 = 2222222222222222
65359477124183 x 51 = 3333333333333333
65359477124183 x 68 = 4444444444444444
65359477124183 x 85 = 5555555555555555
65359477124183 x 102= 6666666666666666
65359477124183 x 119= 7777777777777777
65359477124183 x 136= 8888888888888888
65359477124183 x 153= 9999999999999999
The point about this exercise is that there could be significant patterns hidden in apparently unlikely places. All it takes is to find the key.
So what’s the point I’m making? Simply that it is essential to identify what makes you different from the rest. When an employer is recruiting, or when a company is researching the market for a suitable supplier of services, all candidates may seem as anonymous as the random number above.
The clever ones provide the key to their specialness. Then they become memorable.