Do you want a simpler life?
Hi, I’m Martin. I’m a writer, solopreneur, and lifelong learner.
Let me share with you my thoughts on how to use the 80/20 principle to live a more rewarding life.
Why think 80/20?
Originally discovered by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, the 80/20 principle is a power law stating that 80% of outcomes come from 20% of the causes.
In simple terms, the rule says that only a few vital factors have a disproportionate impact on the results. The rest is largely insignificant.
We can apply the 80/20 rule in all fields. Through cultivating a counterintuitive attitude, we can enjoy a more rewarding life while doing less.
Think 80/20 is the place where you’ll learn how to embrace this fascinating philosophy.
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If the 80/20 rule is so effective, why doesn’t everyone already use it? Why does nobody teach it at schools? Why do people still praise the value of hard work over smart work?
Because it’s easier to do than think.
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