The book is based on Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto’s discovery that 20% of inputs are responsible for 80% of the results obtained, otherwise known as the Pareto Principle. Koch does an excellent job of teaching us how to apply the principle to every aspect of our lives…and why not? His answer is that in order to become successful we need to concentrate on those few things that bring about the biggest gains. He recalls a number of super successful people who were concentrated on the one thing that made them prosperous and wealthy. It’s funny in a day and age where there are so many distracting noises that the sound advice is to limit what you expose yourself in order to become successful.
Drawing on the sense that the Pareto Principle makes – again it seems funny to me that many parents want to expose their children to as many different experiences as possible. The attention deficit problems that appear to be afflicting so many younger people may really be an issue of over stimulation and not really anything that is missing as the problem suggests. I think it is also why the move toward mindfulness has become so popular because it helps us bring focus to an otherwise over-stimulated life.
This book was a real eye-opener for me and motivated me to purge a lot of unused items. It is a really good feeling to open up more living space and to reduce the number of ‘things’, i.e. book, movies, clothes, etc. that I have accumulated over the years and for some reason remained attached to. My goal is to apply what I learned and to make 2017 the best year ever. My challenge to you is what would make 2017 the best year ever for you?