Strive for excellence in few things, rather than good performance in many.
Few people take objectives really seriously. They put average effort into too many things, rather than superior thought and effort into a few important things. People who achieve the most are selective as well as determined.
80% of the results come from 20% of the causes. A few things are important; most are not.
If we did realize the difference between the vital few and the trivial many in all aspects of our lives, and if we did something about it, we could multiply anything that we valued.
The few things that work fantastically well should be identified, cultivated, nurtured, and multiplied.
Hard work leads to low returns. Insight and doing what we want lead to high returns.
It is not shortage of time that should worry us, but the tendency for the majority of time to be spent in low-quality ways.
To get useful new ideas, we must go beyond our immediate circle and make contact with distant parts of the social system.
There is no shortage of time. In fact, we are positively awash with it. We only make good use of 20 per cent of our time.... The 80/20 principle says that if we doubled our time on the top 20% of activities, we could work a two-day week and achieve 60 per cent more than now.
Conventional wisdom is not to put all of your eggs in one basket. 80/20 wisdom is to choose a basket carefully, load all your eggs into it, and then watch it like a hawk.
The 80/20 principle - that 80 percent of result flow
from just 20 per cent of the causes - is the one
true principle of highly effective people.
To be strategic is to concentrate on what is important, on those few objectives that can give us a comparative advantage, on what is important to us rather than others, and to plan and execute the resulting plan with determination and steadfastness.
Celebrate exceptional productivity, rather than raise average efforts.
The 80/20 Principle, like the truth, can make you free. You can work less. At the same time, you can earn more and enjoy more. The only price is that you need to do some serious 80/20 thinking.
Laziness is the road to progress, but only when it is allied to intelligent thought and high ambition.
What could you achieve that would make you proud, that no one else could do with the same ease?
Use all the willpower at your disposal to make yourself happy. Construct the right stories about yourself - and believe them!
The key is to work out the few things that are really important, and the few methods that will give us what we really want.
I make it a personal rule never to do anything that I don't really care about. It is surprising how much this cuts out.
The road to hell is paved with the pursuit of volume. Volume leads to marginal products, marginal customers, and greatly increased managerial complexity.
Our current use of time is not rational. There is therefore no point in seeking marginal improvements in how we spend our time. We need to go back to the drawing board and overturn all our assumptions about time.
We tend to think of innovation as difficult, but with the creative use of The 80/20 Principle innovation can be both easy and fun!
Progress is personal; it comes from individuals demanding more of themselves and everyone else.
Make the choice that you want to be happy. You owe it to yourself and you owe it to other people too.
People think that creativity is largely a matter of talent, experience, or luck. They are wrong. Talent, experience, and luck are all key elements, but there is something more fundamental, accessible, and powerful that you can use to multiply your creative effect.
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