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# The Top 4 Misapplications of the 80/20 Rule

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Eighty percent of the output comes from twenty percent of the input. That is basically a summary of the Pareto Principle, or as it is more commonly known, the 80/20 Rule. The rule comes from Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian economist who noticed that 80% of Italy's wealth was in the hands of 20% of the population.

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### The Pareto Principle Misapplications

• Putting inputs and outputs on the same level: Inputs and outputs aren’t the same thing and, therefore, can’t be put into the same pie chart.
• Using a literal, mathematical interpretation of the rule: The numbers here aren’t that important.
• Mastering a skill can be one of those areas where the 80/20 advice is faulty: The point of the 80/20 rule is that you should downplay or minimize the inefficient 80% of inputs.
• Not being able to escape less valuable tasks: Yes, there are some unimportant tasks you still have to do. But you do have control in adjusting where time gets spent.

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