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More generally, the Pareto Principle is the observation not law that most things in life are not distributed evenly. It can mean all of the following things: Think about it — in a group of workers, 20 could do all the work while the other 80 goof off.
The key point is that most things in life effort, reward, output are not distributed evenly — some contribute more than others. In a perfect world, every employee would contribute the same amount, every bug would be equally important, every feature would be equally loved by users. Planning would be so easy.
Of course, this ratio can change. So Why Is This Useful? The Pareto Principle helps you realize that the majority of results come from a minority of inputs.
Focus on rewarding these employees. Focus on fixing these bugs first. Focus on satisfying these customers.
The examples go on. In economics terms, there is diminishing marginal benefit. This is related to the law of diminishing returns: By the end, you are spending lots of time on the minor details.
I want to give you a real example. Take a look at this awesome video of an artist drawing a car in Microsoft Paint. Take a look at how the car evolved over time: Given 5 minutes of time, he could present: The question is whether a single Level 5 is better than five Level 1s, or some other combination.
In the planning stage, it may be better to get 5 fast prototypes rather than 1 polished product. The difference between 4 and 5 is not as great as 1 and 2, or better yet, a blank drawing and 1 the time from 0: You really have to look to see the differences on the car between 4 and 5, while the contribution 1 makes is quite obvious.
Concluding Thoughts This may not be the best strategy in every case. The point of the Pareto principle is to recognize that most things in life are not distributed evenly. Make decisions on allocating time, resources and effort based on this: Then spend 50 minutes writing about the best one.
Instead of agonizing 3 hours on a single design, make 6 layouts 30 minutes each and pick your favorite. Rather than spending 3 hours to read 3 articles in depth, spend 5 minutes glancing through 12 articles 1 hour and then spend an hour each on the two best ones 2 hours.
The Pareto Principle is an observation, not a law of nature. See what activities generate the most results and give them your appropriate attention.Entrepreneur, Professional Speaker, Best Selling Author & Success Expert. Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations.
Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster. Jun 30, · One way to give your retirement planning a boost is to take actions that drive the greatest financial results. Apply the Pareto Principle -- the 80/20 rule -- to your money.
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