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The 80/20 Principle

The Secret to Success by Achieving More with Less
Written by: Richard Koch
Narrated by: Richard Koch
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Self-Development, How-to
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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20% Message, 80% of Time

Nice to listen to the 80/20 principle but Richard has repeated the same message again and again so it becomes boring.

Feels like message could have delivered in 20% of the time but Richard has consumed 80% time.

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Best book

This book helped me to concentrate on things that I like the most and the things that are important.

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  • Isaac
  • 06-03-15

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.

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  • Susan B Sampson
  • 05-09-16

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.

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  • Paladin
  • 21-10-17

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!

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  • Scrapey
  • 26-07-18

You only need 20% or less of this book

Skip this book, and just look up a summary online. There's so much filler here, it's as though he's trying to teach us a lesson about 80/20 with his own book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-17

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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  • brian mcfearin
  • 08-10-16

English accent refreshing!

Of course it's easy to say, "work smart, make a million dollars, cut back, then enjoy life..." but- I don't think Koch is saying that here. His discussions are an enlightening look at the old Pareto principal in the words of someone who's actually accomplished it. I thought his look at bad relationships and avoiding snake pits was very useful and – he also has a big reminder against superficial friendships and the Internet.

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  • Iregretbuyingthis
  • 25-10-17

Good principle

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

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  • Dustin
  • 02-09-15

Great book

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

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  • Devon Downer
  • 01-06-15

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.

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  • Parker
  • 02-02-19

Beginning was Boring, got SUPER good!

When I first started to read this book I almost gave up in the first two chapters because it was super hard to understand a lot of super hard vocabulary and it wasn’t super engaging. However towards the middle of the book it started to get really interesting and the last five chapters were my favorite.

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  • shane
  • 18-07-18

A balsy book.

A great read with countless info, that if studied in a rational manor will be life changing.

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  • Paula K
  • 31-03-17

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

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  • Liam
  • 14-04-16

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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  • Peter Pongracz
  • 09-05-19

great book

great content, overall I really liked it, the only negative I would point out is this weird 80s music between chapters which is quite annoying

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  • AudioPhile
  • 05-03-19

Very useful book, clear concepts and understandabl

Concise information citing many books that make sense for optimizing workflow. Explains about compounding interest and the flow state, helping to link in various ways to improve your mindset. Impressive book :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-19

amazing

Loved the book, so simple to understand and motivates you to take action. Super Happy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-18

great tips, great principle

very concise would highly recommend. great principle with some amazing information. the 80/20 principle is something i will certainly adapt in my own life.

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  • Mark F
  • 28-09-18

Good General Content but poorly recorded

The general Content of the 80/20 rule was quite eye opening in that it translates into virtually every aspect of life. It also makes you appreciate just how much comes from certain activities and how you could modify your results in certain areas of life with some small changes.
A couple of areas of the book seemed to stray off track a little although the author was clearly trying to impart his life wisdom - personally, although some parts were interesting enough they didn't add value to the general view of the book.
My biggest gripe though was the terrible quality of the recording. As someone who works with sound professionally, the over-enthusiastic use of the noise gate made it very hard to listen to. This gating meant that many of his words were cut off as the gate closed too harshly or early, making it a struggle to hear all the dialogue clearly. Also his erratic speaking / phrasing did nothing to help.
Normally I'm a big fan of the author presenting their own ideas and much prefer that but on this ocassion Koch woukd have been much better letting a professional get his message across.
A shame really as it spoilt an otherwise great book for me, which offered some inciteful content.

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  • JG
  • 04-10-15

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...

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  • ChuzzyChu
  • 24-11-19

This is just what my life requires right now...

The 80/20 principle book reveals the secret to doing more with less, and this is just what my life requires right now. I honestly believe the world needs to know and adopt this...

If we all started applying this principle in our work and personal lives, I have no doubt the world will become a much better and much happier place for all of us.

Brilliant Brilliant read. Thanks a lot Richard Koch!

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  • Nadia
  • 18-07-18

Great read

A bit slow at first but stick with the book - the last 20% is the best 😁

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  • meagan
  • 13-02-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-06-19

A must read - Very good

Lots of good information. one of the best books I have ever read. life changing. 10 out of 10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-02-18

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
  • 18-01-18

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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  • Dylan
  • 29-10-15

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
  • 24-11-17

Total rubbish

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

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