If you're looking for a strategy to
change your life for the better, you will
find few strategies are as important as
the 80/20 Rule.

Here's a strategy to help you get far more accomplished in a lot less time. It's called the 80/20 rule.

This rule acknowledges an important fact of life. A fact about which most people are totally unaware. Here's what this rule says: When working towards a goal, 80% of the results come from just 20% of the time and effort that has been exerted.

Which also means that a lot of time and effort is wasted. This has been shown to be true in all kinds of instances.

The fact is, a lot of decisions people make every day are just not as important as the few decisions that will bring the most rewards. Yet a lot of people treat their decisions as if all were equally important. They obviously aren't.

Jim Rohn
is not one of those people. He was told by his mentor Earl Schoff that there are usually a half dozen things that will make 80 percent of the difference. Schoff then told Jim, spend most of your time studying those half dozen things. The result? Jim is a multimillionaire and is called America's Foremost Business Philosopher. (Life leaves clues. Don't ignore this one.)

The 80/20 principle can be a major life strategy for you to use to get what you want. Here's were you can set yourself apart from the great masses who are unaware of this principle.

Richard Koch says in his book "The 80/20 Principle," there are two ways to be happier:

  • Identify the times when you are happiest and expand them as much as possible.
  • Identify the times when you are least happy and reduce them as much as possible.

Seems obvious, doesn't it? You'd think people would do the above on a consistent basis. They don't. Most people are just going through life hit or miss. And in most cases are allowing life to push them around. They careen from wall to wall unaware of the power they possess.

How many times have you observed a person making the same mistakes over and over again? That's an obvious example of a person not putting the 80/20 principle to use. It's also an instance of insanity. Benjamin Franklin described insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Take some time now (and at least once a week) to think about how you are spending your time. Are you spending it on the 20% of actions that will bring you 80% of the results you want? If not, that's a life strategy you should put in place immediately that will dramatically change your life.


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