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Why is it important to apply the Pareto law (20 \ 80) in life

All of us (almost all) know the Pareto law, aka the 20/80 law. He tells us that usually 20% of efforts can give 80% of the result, and vice versa. It can be applied to a wide variety of areas.

Why is it important to apply the Pareto law (20 \ 80) in life

Some examples of the Pareto law


  1. 20% of people own 80% of all money on the planet.
  2. With 20% of HTML language tags, you can solve 80% of the tasks of creating a full-fledged Internet page.
  3. 20% of all types of physical exercises can give 80% of the result in building a body.

There are many other examples, but we think the essence of the Pareto law is already clear.

In what areas does the Pareto law apply?

As you can see, the Pareto law operates in a variety of areas: in finance, in sports, and in work. But the most interesting and at the same time sad for many people is that this law also applies to the success of people.

Surprisingly, this is true: 20% of people live a successful and happy life, and 80% of people do not live such a life.

Pareto's law in real life looks like this . 20% of people have managed to build their lives in such a way that they enjoy it: they are self-sufficient, happy, and very in demand - they are not afraid of losing their jobs.

And 80% of people didn’t manage to build their lives like that - and thereby fell into a very difficult trap: they may be self-sufficient, but certainly not too happy - because they are very afraid of losing their job (since they may simply not find another).

And they are ready to endure various troubles at work, just not to be fired. So, the Pareto law works here too. Let's look at it in more detail.

Why so few successful people

So, there are successful people. Successful people are those who live full, harmonious lives.

This life includes: a good rest, a happy family, a lot of friends and acquaintances (perhaps even from different parts of the globe), a favorite job (bringing both pleasure and a good income).

Successful people can be seen right away : they really glow with happiness, smile, have a very powerful positive energy. With their appearance, they are able to enliven any conference room, give festivity to any event. An active life full of colors made them so.

Successful people are always in high demand . They know that the work they are doing is very necessary for people. And they are professionals in it.

Successful people do not and cannot have the fear that they will suddenly lose their jobs. Not! They no longer need clients or employers.

On the contrary, they, like air, are needed by many, both clients and employers. And it is employers and clients who will fight for the services of these successful people (with other employers and clients), and not these successful people for clients and employers. The life of such people is harmony and beauty itself!

But there are very few such people. Which, unfortunately, is not surprising. After all, if you want to become a successful person, you have no right to whine and hang your nose . You need to go to your dream and goal no matter what. There is a lot to learn and then a lot of work.

How do you like the typical stories of many successful people? The famous choreographer Francisco Gomez flew across the ocean at school age and slept on the floor for months in order to be able only to watch the training of the stars.

The famous football player Carlos Tevez was not stopped on the way to his dream either by the death of relatives, or childhood in the slums, or cut scars in the troubled neighborhoods of South America.

Yes, and an ordinary seller from the field of direct sales every day hears a dozen unflattering remarks about his product, but does not stop, but simply sells the product further.

Perseverance is sure to be rewarded . But not everyone is able to hold such a bar. Therefore, such people are a minority (about 20%). However, they bring benefits to society - by 80%. Most people are unable to hold such a bar.

Why most people fail

Most people lead (or choose to lead) their lives quite differently.

The limit of their dreams - after graduating from college or university, "get a job." That is, to take some kind of job where they will not be required to do any extra work or great responsibility, and at the same time they will receive a stable salary.

And often these people get what they want. It's somewhat convenient. A calm, stable life: you receive a monthly salary, on weekends you relax with friends in a cafe, every summer you fly to the seas on vacation.

You can plan the creation of a family, children, home improvement. Soon the kids will go to kindergarten, then to school, institute, they will work. And by that time, you'll be retired. Good? But actually, not very much. These people, without noticing it, fall into a very unpleasant trap.

What is its essence? One day, for some reason (the company went bankrupt or there is a problem with the team), a person will want to change jobs. And then ... oh horror! ..

A person will discover that at 40 a new job is no longer so easy to find! In fact, you can't find it at all!

  • Firstly , everywhere they prefer to take young specialists.
  • Secondly , there is not such a big demand on the labor market for his specialty (you need few directors and technologists, but there are a lot of sales assistants and dishwashers).
  • And thirdly , and this is the worst thing - a person realizes that he, it turns out, is not such a great specialist in his field. And he has only one way out. Grit your teeth, and hold on to your workspace. And at the same time endure the tyranny of the boss, and salary delays, and even a vacation in February. This is the trap that most people fall into.

In total , as we see, the Pareto law also applies to people. There are 20% of active people who bring 80% of the benefits to society - and they are happy. And there are 80% passive people who prefer to go with the flow, who bring only 20% of the benefit to society - and they fall into a trap. Which group of people to join? It's up to you to decide.