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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing; Reprint edition (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781857883312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857883312
  • ASIN: 1857883314
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 442,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'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

'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

'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

'Intensely practical. This book is for anyone interested in succeeding personally as well as professionally.' --Professional Manager

'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

'Highly practical and full of examples' Independent on Sunday Intensely practical. This book is for anyone interested in succeeding personally as well as professionally' --Professional Manager --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Richard Koch is the author of thirteen books including the international bestseller, The 80/20 Principle which was named one of GQ's Top 25 Business Books of the Twentieth Century. Formerly a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and a partner with Bain & Company, Koch is now a self-described lazy entrepreneur whose ventures have included consulting, personal organizers (Filofax), hotels (Zoffany), restaurants, and premium gin. He lives The 80/20 Way in London, Cape Town, South Africa, and the sunniest part of southern Spain. For more information, visit his website at www.the8020principle.com"

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this out of curiosity not realising the tremendous impact it would have. Not normally one to write reviews I felt I had to make the exception for this book. For me it provided that moment in my life where the light bulb switched on in my head and I said "ah- I get it".
Before, I was "successful" in the traditonal sense. Good job, nice home, a very normal guy. I always strived for more, working hard and generally putting unnecessary pressure on myself.
The book's principle is so simple yet incredibly profound and can be applied to every aspect of life, from daily tasks to life changing decisions.
As a result, I really do so much less, am far more relaxed and only spend time doing things that are really important. The results are great- I'm far more effective - lazy intelligence instead of a busy fool.
I'm not really a self-help type and dislike most other titles out there but this book has really changed every aspect of my life and perspective on it.
I walk around feeling that I know something very few people truly understand which gives me the inner peace others seem to constantly strive for.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "tombutlerbowdon2" on 28 Jan. 2005
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When we honestly look at how we spend our time, most of it is put to trivial uses, but if fully implemented the 80/20 principle would create a revolution in our work and lives.
When Richard Koch put out "The 80/20 Principle" in 1998 it was classified as a business book, but it was the section which applied the principle to personal life that made it such a big hit. The book made such an impact on me that I included it in a list of the key works in the personal development literature, along with the likes of Stephen Covey, Dale Carnegie, Norman Vincent Peale and Anthony Robbins. This list became "50 Self-Help Classics". I haven't regretted it.
True to his own principle of expanding on what works, the author has elaborated on the principle in subsequent books, but I personally do not tire of coming back to the 80/20 principle. Who COULD tire of a natural law? 'Living The 80/20 Way' is written in Koch's usual enjoyable style and is a superb place to start in understanding the principle. It won't take you long to read but may literally change your life. Highly recommended.
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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Honest Dude on 30 July 2009
Format: Paperback
On the one hand, Richard Koch has a great insight, that most results (80%) come from a small number of causes (20%). Therefore, we should concentrate on the causes that are important both for specific outcomes and in your life generally. We should not waste our efforts on causes that are likely to have little effect on the overall outcome.

On the other hand, Richard Koch overstates his case because:
1) His Examples Require Technological Change. On page 21, he explains how our modern world achieves more with less. For example, today agriculture only employs 2-3% of the population yet it achieves more than when it employed 98% of the population. Today's computers have far more power than the early computers even though they are cheaper and smaller. The Sony Walkman is a versatile source of music despite it is not having speakers. All this is true, but until somebody has invented a better way of doing things, the idea of doing more with less, is no use to the overwhelming majority of people, because it relies on technological change that has not yet happened.

2) His Examples Rely on Hindsight. On page 13, he points out that if 5 people play poker, it is likely that one of them (20%) will walk away with at least 80% of the stakes. On page 16 he points out that 1% of entrepreneurs notably Bill Gates make more than 80% of the money from new enterprises. Again on page 16 he points out that police spies had details of thousands of professional revolutionaries yet only one of them Lenin achieved a lasting revolution. This may be true but we only know the detailed outcome with hindsight, so it is useless to most of us who have to make decisions without hindsight.

3) His Examples Rely on Distortions.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jun. 2004
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This is so simple, so basic, and so clearly true ... yet in our lives we do the opposite. It's a short book and very easy to read, and it's not sugary like so many others, but it will really help you. The basic idea is not so complicated, but Richard Koch illustrates through the many examples just how to go about applying it to real life - something lacking in most books of this type. I genuinely believe this book can make a real difference and make sure that more of one's life is spent on useful things and less is wasted on stuff that at the end of the day is not really that important.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Orland Ghamar on 2 Jun. 2004
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I'm normally sceptical of self-help books but I have read and enjoyed some of the author's previous business books. This book has the same chatty and forceful writing and the more you read of it the more you start to see that this guy talks a lot of sense. It has opened my eyes to changing the way I lead parts of my life and focusing more on what I can get out of life than what I need to put into it.
The most interesting parts I found were the "real life" stories and I'd like more of those. If you are fed-up of the rat-race and open to a new approach to living your life I do recommend reading this.
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