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When the 80/20 Rule Fails: The Downside of Being Effective

When the 80/20 Rule Fails: The Downside of Being Effective

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"Efficiency is about getting more things done. Effectiveness is about getting the right things done"

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”

How do you decide what the “right things” are?

One of the most trusted approaches is to use the Pareto Principle, which is more commonly known as the 80/20 Rule.

The 80/20 Rule

The 80/20 Rule states that, in any particular domain, a small number of things account for the majority of the results.

The Upside of the 80/20 Rule

The 80/20 Rule is like a form of judo for life and work. By finding precisely the right area to apply pressure, you can get more results with less effort. 

The Downside of the 80/20 Rule

A new path will never look like the most effective option in the beginning.

Optimizing for Your Past or Your Future

  • The 80/20 Rule will help you find the useful things in your past and get more of them in the future. But if you don’t want your future to be more of your past, then you need a different approach.
  • The downside of being effective is t...

Where to Go From Here

  • Given enough practice and enough time, the thing that previously seemed ineffective can become very effective. You get good at what you practice.
  • The process of learning a new skill or starting a new company or taking on a new adventure of any sort will often appear ...

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