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Secrets of the 80/20 Principle revealed!

Find your "critical 20%" and transform your time - and life - forever! The 80/20 principle - also known as the Pareto principle - is the well-verified observation that in business, economics, and life generally, about 80 percent of all results flow from a mere 20 percent of our efforts. In this thought-provoking and highly informative program, Richard Koch unveils the secrets to how this mysterious but practical principle actually works... how it is affecting your life right now... and how you can start using it to your advantage. You'll learn:

  • How to identify the critical 20% in every area of your life
  • How to give up the guilt of not working as hard as you think you're supposed to
  • Why "time management" is a counter-productive fallacy
  • The six things successful 80/20 practitioners do differently than you
  • How to make the 80/20 Principle work for you in your job, even when you don't have total control over your time
  • What the 80/20 Principle can teach you about who to hire
  • How to avoid dooming yourself to life as a wage slave
  • How the 80/20 principle can multiply your money
  • And much more!

The unspoken corollary of the 80/20 principle is that little of what you spend your time on actually enriches your life. But by concentrating instead on the few things that do matter, you can unlock the enormous potential of the critical 20 percent and multiply your happiness and fulfillment. When you learn how to systematically apply the 80/20 principle, you will finally have the power to transcend the pressures of modern life: to become more successful and to enjoy more leisure, serenity, and great relationships with friends and loved ones.

©2003 Richard Koch (P)2003 Nightingale Conant

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good read, nothing mind blowing.

good read, nothing mind blowing. I'd recommend it. screw Flanders, screw Flanders, screw Flanders.

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No music

Please stop the music, It is very distracting. As for the cost of the book it would only be worth 1/5.

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Could be more concise

The music at the end of each chapter was annoying and then the sales pitch at the end made the message feel cheap. The book could be more concise and organized in the delivery. Overall, great idea but terrible delivery.

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Wonderful

I was very motivated by this book and will apply the principles in my life thank you very much

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Repetitive

This is a good book is you've never heard of the 80-20 principal, however if you're looking for something to help you apply the principal this book is lacking. The author doesn't show examples or case studies of how the principal applies in real life.

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An easy to understand idea with big implications

An easy to understand idea with big implications. Very little of what you do brings the majority of happiness in your life. How do you cut out the things you're not great at -- and are ultimately not bringing you happiness -- and do more of the things thats are uniquely special to you.

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Very boring and repetitive

The concept it self is interesting and true, but the book is very boring and repetitive and could be summarized in 10 pages

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Incredible life changing book!!

Everyone should understand the application of this principle for a wealthy and happy life. Do yourself a favour and read it!

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A great start on how to achieve true happiness

I enjoyed some of the content! the author knows what it means to be happy and how to go about achieving happiness. The 20/80 rule can truly work for everyone, but it's not the key to happiness. the key to happiness involves a few more things than the rule. overall, some pretty good stuff.

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Amazing book

It is an excellent book to read.
Narration is very good, Trim the working habit, witness 80% success in 20% of the work, amazing.

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  • Isaac
  • 2015-03-06

Simplicity

A little repetitious at first but once it gets going it provides some great insight about principles of success. The emphasis on simplicity throughout the book is a refreshing change from other motivational presentations I have heard. This one is on my "re-listen" list.

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  • Scrapey
  • 2018-07-26

You only need 20% or less of this book

Skip this book, and just look up a summary online. There's so much filler here, it's as though he's trying to teach us a lesson about 80/20 with his own book.

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  • Susan B Sampson
  • 2016-09-05

Long version of a short topic

Richard Koch could have shared this gem with 80% less effort.
The introduction is very boring.
There were some good points. Do what you love, don't waste your time on too much stuff or things you hate.

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  • Paladin
  • 2017-10-21

I've finally finished this book!!

This has been on my to read lost forever. Before I even knew what this book was I had been hearing about this infamous 80/20 principle. The book quickly breaks down the history behind 80/20. and gives the reasoning why 20% of your efforts beget 80% of your results. Since then I've truly worked to identify what my most important 20% is that I should work on daily to get the biggest bang for my buck. The book is helping me redesign my ideas of prioritization - which is helpful as a new business owner. I felt the last quarter of the book could have been cut. while it shared great tips to live a happy life it just seemed to lose the theme of the first 3/4 of the book.

Def recommend to any self help junkies, creative's, entrepreneurs, or leaders in the making! ✊🏿✊🏿 grab the audio, not sure you need paperback for this book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-09-13

Life changing book ... but Audible edition is missing 4 chapters ...

This is one of the most impactful books I’ve read and it can change your life ... however, pls note that this Audible was recorded before the book’s 3rd edition was published and so it does not contain 4 very important chapters! In them Richard covers Your Hidden Friend (your subconscious); Success Through 80/20 Networks; When 80/20 Becomes 90/10; and The Two Dimensions of the Principle. So be sure to get the 3rd edition book and read these chapters after you finish this Audible.

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  • Bill Reinicke
  • 2017-11-09

excellent book

this book was a great lesson and very thought-provoking about how to cut down on the stress and busyness and be more effective in life. Highly recommended!

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  • brian mcfearin
  • 2016-10-08

English accent refreshing!

Of course it's easy to say, "work smart, make a million dollars, cut back, then enjoy life..." but- I don't think Koch is saying that here. His discussions are an enlightening look at the old Pareto principal in the words of someone who's actually accomplished it. I thought his look at bad relationships and avoiding snake pits was very useful and – he also has a big reminder against superficial friendships and the Internet.

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  • Parker
  • 2019-02-02

Beginning was Boring, got SUPER good!

When I first started to read this book I almost gave up in the first two chapters because it was super hard to understand a lot of super hard vocabulary and it wasn’t super engaging. However towards the middle of the book it started to get really interesting and the last five chapters were my favorite.

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  • Iregretbuyingthis
  • 2017-10-25

Good principle

Great principle, just need more in depth examples. The Australian accent was a pleasent surprise!

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  • Dustin
  • 2015-09-02

Great book

very informative. includes practical applications, and helpful lists for accomplishing tasks as well as proper life allocation.

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