Pareto’s 80/20 Rule, and On Finishing What you Start

From Gary North’s On Finishing What You Start: A Practical Guide to Lifetime Success

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In almost every area of life, Pareto’s 20-80 law rules. Maybe every area.

The law says that 20% of your effort is responsible for 80% of your results. Lesson: concentrate on that 20% if you want to be a success.

In every field, the final 20% of a project is the most expensive. The final 4% is really expensive. The final 1% is so unobtainable that you should ignore it. It will bankrupt you.

I take it up a notch. The next 16% will make you a master. That means 20% of 20% as a limit. The limit is 4%.

You can take it up another notch: 20% of 20% of 20%: 0.8%. That is the limit of superstar status. So, in between mastery and crossing into superstar status is 3.8 percentage points. That is a barrier that can bankrupt you. Ignore it until you are in the top 10%.

How high can you go? If we believe David Rothkopf, about 6,000 people shape our world. The 6 billion others are merely support troops. (See his book, Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making.)

I recommend that everyone strive to get into the top 20%.

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I believe that every Christian, especially, should put in the muscle to get into the top 20% of their field, be it an airline pilot, a mother, a cashier, or a HVAC repairman.

To earn leadership, we must serve God and Man with excellence, commitment, perseverance, and dedication.

Day after day, year after year, decade after decade.

This is how we win.

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Go and do thou likewise. You have a legacy of some kind. You have been doing important work. You have more to do. Find a way to keep it alive after you’re dead.

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Good advice from a dead man.


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