Thursday, April 26, 2007

Upended Pareto

You're probably already familiar with the Pareto principle, or 80/20 Rule, as it's also called, which suggests that 80% of your results come from from 20% of your efforts, or words to that effect. Well here's a variation on the theme, one that I call, the Upended Pareto:

"Eighty percent of whatever's wrong with a situation doesn't really matter."

Your job is to identify the 20% that does matter ... and work exclusively on that.

So pick a situation you're dealing with and ask yourself, "What is the 20% that does matter?"
Start there and see if you're not better off for doing so.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Richard Butler said...

It's an interesting thought, but it is true, in general 80% of people aren't successful, only the 20% who really try are

Bookmared the blog thanks for sharing

Sunday, April 29, 2007 4:09:00 PM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look up Sturgeon's Law for another way to define this.

Saturday, May 12, 2007 1:45:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Barry Zweibel said...

I looked it up. According to wikipedia:

Sturgeon's Law is an adage derived from a quote by science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon: "Ninety percent of everything is crud".

Talk about a pessimist!

Thanks, anonymous.

Sunday, May 13, 2007 8:19:00 AM CDT  

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