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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 16 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
- Audible.com Release Date: December 17, 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0011FSRY4
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The 80/20 principle itself is amazing indeed, but 95% of the points of this book come from 5% of its words. The same SINGLE idea is explained in 20 different contexts each repeated 20 times.
Just read an article or introduction about the 80/20 principle and that's all you need to know really.
The 80/20 principle has become somewhat popularized in the last 5 or so years. A lot of people think that just because they've heard about the concept, or because they shallowly know *about* the concept, that they've gotten all there is to it. Not so!
Richard shows that there is a far cry from actually *living* life the 80/20 way (which demands that you make tough decisions and learn to prioritize better). You have to take this idea very very seriously and apply it to more than one area of your life.
Koch is somewhat less successful at extending the 80/20 principle beyond the business world. He's absolutely correct that it's a useful tool for setting personal priorities... but Koch really needs to be more helpful about how to make this happen. His present approach, even with the updating in this new edition, arguably takes away from the strong focus in the first half of the book.
One of the most important aspects of the 80/20 principle for me is choosing specific people as friends, and eliminating those in my life who do not contribute happiness, support my dreams, or provide a loving partnership. This book helps you identify those around you who will serve you, who you may serve more effectively, and how to avoid allowing people to take advantage of you, etc. Following the suggestions in the book will only strengthen your relationships as well as your self-confidence.
This theme is repeated throughout the book in multiple examples. The author lays out all the guidelines, but it's up to you to use them for true effectiveness.
I highly recommend this book to those who want to have more success in their business and personal life.