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Strategies for Keeps

Strategies for Keeps
  • Pick one goal for your business to improve focus and decision-making.
  • Optimise the first item in a funnel that has cascading effect to the entire funnel
  • Work hard to understand the 20% of your customer.
  • Create high margin products that bring 80% of all profits.
  • When assessing risk, recognise not all risks are equal.

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Don’t be discouraged even you are being left behind, as long as you are making a progress, you are already making a difference.

Why Winners (Almost) Take All

In Pareto Principle, the winner takes almost all. The-Winner-Take-All effect happens isn’t because winners are better, smarter, and stronger than everyone else. In fact, most of us started at about the same place. But that tiny little advantage can take a person a long way by compounding effect over time.

The Pareto Principle (the 80/20 Rule)

It is an idea discovered by an Italian economist. It says that power and wealth is distributed like a reversed hockey stick where a small percentage of the population (20%) owns majority of the wealth (80%). 

80/20 Rule: Threat or an Opportunity?

It is hard to accept the truth that there are inequalities everywhere. But depending on how you see it, the rule could help us filter out unnecessary data, better channel our resources, and make better decision in work and life.

The Pareto Principle could also be observed in almost every industry:

  • In software, 80% of the errors and crashes in a system would be eliminated by fixing the top 20% of the most reported bugs.
  • In sports, 20% of athletes participate in 80% of the big games
  • In business, 20% of the products bring in 80% of the revenue.

Phase I: Self-analysis
Reflect
on where your current focuses are. How do these impact you in different areas in life?

Phase II: Identify the 20 Percent
Link
those good or bad results to the source of your activities.

Phase III: Focus on the Fat Tail
Eliminate
or at least, minimize destructive routines and focus your time and energy on the top 20% habits that lead to good progress

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Identifying Productivity Constraints

What restraints you from achieving your goals? Are they learned feelings of helplessness? Or are they just simply excuses? Remember, whatever you have learned, you can unlearn. 

If your real goal is to dream big dreams and to live without limits, you can set this as your standard and compare everything that you do against it.

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IDEAS

20% of your activities will account 80% of the results, and vice versa. Start working on the most important tasks, it may be complex or difficult but it holds majority of the outcome. 

  • Simplify the wardrobe. We tend to wear the same 10–20% of our wardrobes for 80%+ of the time.
  • Eat the same few meals.
  • Design a morning routine and save your willpower for important decisions later in the day.
  • Shop the periphery. The unhealthy stuff is built into the center, so stay on outskirts: there are fewer options AND it’s healthier.
  • Set “key objectives” before bed to saves time in the morning when you want to jump right into doing focused work.