This week I was supposed to read The Breakthrough Principle of 16x by Richard Koch and write an essay about the 20% of the book that impacted me the most. But I was not able to get the book in time for the lessons. Instead of writing about the 20% of the book that impacted me the most, I am going to talk about the 20% of this week’s lessons that impacted me the most.
I think the thing that impacted me the most, and that I remember without looking at my notes, is the 80-20 rule and what it is. The 80-20 rule states that the majority of the effects (the 80%) comes from the minority of causes (the 20%). Like in a textbook, if you read the conclusion, look at any of the pictures or graphs that are in the book, and sections that look interesting you get 80% of the knowledge from only 20% of the book.
The really fascinating thing about the 80-20 rule is that it applies to everything. Business, relationships, your social life, everything. Now you may be wondering how the 80-20 rule applies to your relationships and social life. Let me use the example of being in a relationship.
Let’s say that Husband A and Husband B (I know, really bad names, bear with me) work the same hours and go home at the same time. Husband A does not have a lot of extra work to do and spends three hours with his wife after work every day. Husband B has a lot of extra work to do and can only spend time with his wife for an hour.
The wife of Husband A is not happy and complains that he does not spend enough time with her while the wife of Husband B has no such complaints. Why?
It is because Husband A is on his phone playing games or reading emails during the three hours he is with his wife, while Husband B is actually talking to his wife and giving her love and attention. Even though the wife of Husband B is not getting as much time with her husband as the wife of Husband A she is happy because she is actually getting attention.
20% of the work produces 80% of the results.
As you can see, this week has taught me a lot about the 80-20 rule. I have heard about it before this week’s lessons, but these past lessons have just solidified my understanding of this rule.