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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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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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great book

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Powerful

I like the cold undisputed facts the author laid out. The principles are solid. This a a great book and reference guide. I have telling almost everyone I meet to grab a copy.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Tiresome to listen to

What did you love best about The 80/20 Principle?

The idea of it

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The principle of the message

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Koch?

Anybody else but him, he sounded like he had a hot potatoe in his mouth
I could not keep listening to the oudible even though I want it to.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Just the conscep.

Any additional comments?

I will listen to more of the 80/20 idea from another narrator.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Excellent read and very insightful

This book is exceptional across various levels. While I was initially sceptical about repetitions, the author made sure that the message was impressed upon from various perspectives. The fundamental theme of the book is on ‘how to achieve more with less’ which is the same principle that businesses and economies follow. Sadly, we don’t follow it in our personal lives and suffer as a result. A simple but profound truth illustrated well. It’s a remarkable book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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Good principle

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

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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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Don't hesitate

One of the best books I've "read" (out of many) in terms of content and also well written and narrated! 5 stars

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  • Paula K
  • 03-31-17

makes you take a new look at yourself

I see the 20/80 connection at play in my life and will take action to get out of the rat race

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Liam
  • 04-14-16

enlightened

great book, took me a while as it doesn't capture you as much as others but still worth it

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  • JG
  • 10-04-15

Sheer brilliance

Brilliant. Brilliant and life changing. Some reviewer mentioned that it was repetitive. It isn't. Every example is unique. The reviewer missed the point...

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-18-18

A great read and a very detailed insight to life

A wonderful book with a fantastic view on what your life should be and how 80/20 can impact on your whole life. There a few things being said that I would strongly degree with but very few.

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  • CSTraining
  • 02-13-18

Game changer

I saw some reviews about how this book is for 'lazy' people - couldn't be further from the truth.

While a bit heavy in place this book is jam packed with golden nuggets.

if recommend making notes of the time and chapter when you find something useful (For audio obviously)

Overall a great book that I'll be revisiting time and time again.

Thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-28-17

Excellent book and thanks for the app

loved the book and also the book - thanks for the story

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard Warren
  • 09-12-16

Fascinating read!

Listen and be ready to take action to improve all areas of your life with this audible book!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Balakrishna Shenoy
  • 05-15-15

Unputdownable ***** five stars

One of the best and most useful book I have read err listened to. Timely and practical. Gonna try it out.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • declan
  • 09-13-16

Wafflefest

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A very good example of how to fluff up a book with meaningless tedious content. It had very little practical content and was so repetitive that it will take years to remove 80/20 and 'more for less' and 'less is more' from my long term memory. It truly is a book written by one of the Lazy intelligent people.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • C. A. Mackay
  • 06-09-16

meandering and unfocused

I only got through about 20% of this book before giving up. The author meanders along and is unfocused. He also reads his own material and should really have got some one else to do it as his cadence is occasionally distracting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-18

Exceptionally....looking forward to implementing

Looking forward to implementing all learnings. Everything makes sense ...simplicity at its finest.
I know will improve my life ..heeps

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  • Neil
  • 01-18-18

80% Waffle / 20% Principle

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Eliminate the waffle and repetition.

What was most disappointing about Richard Koch’s story?

Waffle and repetition.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Waffle and repetition.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The 80/20 Principle?

None. But I would reduce each chapter to the 20% that contained the useful information.

Any additional comments?

Not as bad as Michael E. Gerber.

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  • meagan
  • 02-13-17

amazing!!!! this is a must read

loooved it. life changing, gets you thinking and re-evaluating your life. thank you!! thank you!!

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  • Dylan
  • 10-29-15

Fantastic

Fanatic in the narration well worth the price this is a must for self motivated people I'll be recommending this to my friends and family

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-24-17

Total rubbish

What a waste of time this book is. I couldn't finish. It was pointless, dull, boring, lifeless and pathetic.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful