- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: Nicholas Brealey; 2nd edition (January 20, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857886186
- ISBN-13: 978-1857886184
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Living the 80/20 Way: Work Less, Worry Less, Succeed More, Enjoy More Paperback – January 20, 2014
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Full of helpful techniques and observations. If you are looking to kick-start the New Year, this is a great place to start. Highly recommended!―Hot Brands, Cool Places
The trick is to apply 'less is more' and 'more with less' to ourselves, our work and our relationships. This volume does not urge the reader to do more - measuring, managing, talking or whatever - but to do less in total by doing things differently.―Independent on Sunday
The 80/20 principle is the cornerstone of results-based living. Read this book and use it.―Timothy Ferriss, New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek
Intensely practical. This book is for anyone interested in succeeding personally as well as professionally.―Professional Manager
About the Author
Richard Koch is a highly successful author, investor and entrepreneur, having made large returns from businesses as diverse as hotels, restaurants, personal organisers and consulting. A former partner at consulting firm Bain & Co, and co-founder of The LEK Partnership, the fastest growing and most profitable 'strategy boutique' of the 1980s, Richard now lives the 80/20 way between Gibraltar, Spain, Portugal and South Africa.
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Please note that this is substantively a re-write of Koch's The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less book targeted for individuals to use to improve their lives. If you've read The 80/20 Principle, this book may seem to be a "dumbed down" way of saying the same things.
However, people learn in different ways. I've given out copies of both books and invariably found that more people "got it" when reading Living the 80/20 Way than reading The 80/20 Principle. If you come from a white collar business background, you may prefer the latter. In contrast, Living the 80/20 Way is written for the masses.
What about Koch's The 80/20 Individual: How to Build on the 20% of What You do Best? To me, it seemed to be misnamed. The book was a dry read that appeared to be targeted at corporate managers who like to play buzzword bingo by adding 80/20 to their lexicon of synergy, leadership, paradigm shift, outside-the-box, Six Sigma etc. In other words, the type of book some B school professor might assign to the future pointy-haired bosses (hat tip to Dilbert) of the world.
In sum, if you have a white collar business background, get The 80/20 Principle. If not, Living the 80/20 Way is the better choice. Skip The 80/20 Individual.
I've also applied a few of the tips offered in 27 Quick Life Transformation Tips. This book has been a boon for my productivity and my overall success. If you want to be a success in business and in your relationships, then you can find quality advice here. Using both of these books, I have been able to start my own business and achieve success in my industry. I've also been able to follow the 27 Quick Life Transformation Tips to enhance my personal relationships with friends and family. My health has been improved and I'm happier than I've been in a long, long time. All it really takes is a little bit of simplification and following these easy to understand guidelines to really turn your life around.
Because I've followed principles in both of these books, I've been able to finally realize the "Work Smarter, Not Harder" adage. I have practically eliminated my worries and my life is filled with successes day after day. I now focus on the things that are most important to me--close family and friends, my important work issues, and my health. Everything else is a non-essential factor in my day-to-day life and I've realized I don't need to expend much energy worrying about it.