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The 80/20 Rule And Life…

The Pareto Principle (the 80/20 rule):

The Pareto principle (also known as the 80-20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

From Wikipedia

Based on this logic, there are a number of lifestyle changes you could, and should be making or have made which would probably have a significant impact.

A few of many examples:

  • When you clean your house, should you spend all-day cleaning it?  Do people really care if you make it perfect?  Or, could you clean it “most of the way”, and actually enjoy life a little…knowing people probably won’t even notice the parts you didn’t clean?
  • Could you shift your focus towards only doing 20% of the projects you want to accomplish in a day/week/month if you focused on the most important ones?  This is of course with the understanding that by doing the most-important 20%…you will get 80% of the results of doing it.
  • What if you only picked the top 20% most-important of all of your “required” commitments, could you ditch (or say no) to the remaining 80% and live life the way you wanted to during that newly found time?
  • And on…and on…

There has to be a number of things that you can think of…

…where if you did the most-important 20% of those things…

…that got you 80% of the results given by doing those things…

You could forget doing the remaining 80% of those things altogether.

What I’ve revealed here is a big, deep, secret to my life that has allowed me to enjoy life at a pace and with a quality that cannot be matched.

I wish you the same quality of life (or better) for 2011.

Get to it.


Life Isn’t A Race To The Finish Line

“I’ve gotta paint my house.” (do you? or do you just need something to do?)

“We’ve gotta get these bushes out of the backyard by Fall.” (we do?  last time I checked, we can always do it next year)

“I’ve gotta pull an all-nighter just to get this done on time.” (really?  did you fuck up the management of your time to begin with?  or are you going for ‘status symbol’ here?)

Jesus people.

If you keep running towards the ‘finish line’ of life, when do you stop to catch your breath?  And why is it we attach some fucked up status symbol for ‘sacrificing’ so much of our lives to get things done?


Who really cares that you work 80 hours a week doing a job that should only take you 30 hours a week to complete (yet you, for some fucked up reason, stretch it out to 80, then brag about it to your coworkers)?

Here’s a little insight, nobody really cares.  They are all too busy with their own lives to care about your all-nighter or 80-hour week.  People might give you a pat on the back of some sort, but at what expense?

Do you really lack self-confidence so much that you need those little, tiny “hoorays” to function in life?  (like the typical, ‘I need my 15 minutes of fame’ person the news media finds to interview when they bring you “live” to a scene)

So what do I mean by the title to this post?


Walk through your life…don’t run.  It never has been, and never will be about how much you get accomplished…rather it’s the quality of what you accomplish that matters.

We can get how much from anyone…are you willing to step up and offer us quality?

Living For Life’s “Little Moments”…

Some people work so damn hard for so little reward it saddens me to watch it.

  • Cramming project after project (some not even at work), just do “get them done”…doing them in quantity…all for a “little break” at the end.
  • Spending 10 – 40 years (or more) of their lives working for some “big company” that doesn’t even know they exist…all for a tiny bit of recognition that fizzles in minutes after they receive it.
  • Working 40-plus hours a week at some job they hate, then holding that up as a status symbol of their sacrifice (for what?).

And on, and on…

I think we need to turn the tables as a society.  To start the process (a process I’ve completed myself)…I want you to ask yourself a few questions:

  1. Do you really think of yourself and your family / friends first when using your time?  Or does it seem like everyone and everything else fills that time for you?
  2. Are you really satisfied with busting your knuckles (figuratively or literally) every week for little to no real recognition or reward?
  3. Can you do what you want, when you want to, without worrying about “all the other commitments” you seemingly have?
  4. Does life seem like it moves way too fast, leaving you with a daily feeling of “I wish I could have done ______” ?

Think about these questions today, and keep in mind one lesson that could change the way you think about life (if you let it)…

There is always one person in control of the time you have on this planet during your 70 or so trips around the sun…it’s either you or someone else (and the choice is always yours to make as to who that is).

So quit living for the “little moments”, and start choosing to live for big ones.

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