80/20 Rule Is For Those Unwilling To Give All

80-20 Rule

Recently, I was gently teasing a colleague about the lack of a Waiting Room when he connects with Scholars using Zoom.

His reply, “Well, I’m a believer in the 80/20 Rule — focus on the 80% that matters and get to the other 20% someday.”

Since I have teased him quite a bit in the past, I heard, “Kim, I’m getting tired of your nitpicking. But to humor you, I’ll be polite and quote the 80/20 Rule.”

There was something about his tone that immediately had me agreeing with him.

Yet you – who know me well – know there’s more to this Story.

With A Little Thinking

In the shower, the next morning, it dawned on me (pardon the pun) that the 80/20 Rule does not work with People. Because we never get a second chance to make a good first impression.

And if a Person chooses to walk with us through this Journey of Life, then they deserve 100% of the best we have to offer. In my opinion, it’s ALL or NOTHING. To know I’m only worth 80% of someone’s attention and effort is hard on the psyche and soul.

People Over Process (POP)

Where does the 80/20 Rule apply and work just fine? Answer: Process. Yes, we People are more effective and efficient with the structure of Process. Every system from minute to massive has processes. And that’s a good thing.

Yet, people change and grow daily.

So, does the same old Process still work (well) when the People have changed?

Yes, it’s a Rhetorical Question. The answer is: NO.

The probability for continuing productivity is somewhere around 80% if we’re lucky, on a good day. Yet, management is relatively happy, because they have the wheels turning and tend to ignore any opportunity for improvement. The 80/20 Rule has been applied and acts as a governor (used on machinery) to keep everything and everybody between the ditches.

You know, I just can’t help myself. The definition of a “governor” is quite fitting in the scenario, above.

a device for maintaining uniform speed regardless of changes of load, as by regulating the supply of fuel or working fluid


Do we really want to be regulated and held back from our true potential? I can only speak for myself, and again the answer is a resounding, “No! Heck, No! What part of NO don’t you understand!”

In Summary

A picture is always worth at least 1,000 Words.

No 80/20 Rule In Relationships

Author: Kim Foard

My mission is to guide YOU to personal and business success, according to the vision that YOU establish for us. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.