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Finding The Main Thing

In order for you to finding the main thing when come to the decision making, here are few questions that you need to consider.

What gives me the greatest return? What is most rewarding? What is required of me? Those were not questions you could always readily answer. Early in a career, the easiest to answer is usually the one concerning requirements. You can work from a job description if you have one. On the other hand, most people don’t start getting a true sense of what give the greatest return for their effort until they reach their thirties—sometimes even later in life. And what is most rewarding to a person often changes during different seasons of life.

As you worked, reflected, and grew, you will slowly begin discovering the answers to those three key questions. This guiding principle was that the purpose of all work is results. If you wanted to accomplish objectives and be productive, you needed to provide forethought, structure, systems, planning, intelligence and honestly. But you need also know that you needed to keep things simple. If you had read a study of thirty-nine midsized companies stating the characteristic that differentiated the successful companies the unsuccessful was simplicity. The companies that are sold fewer products fewer customers, and who worked with fewer suppliers than other companies in the same industry were more profitable. Simple, focused operations brought greater results. As Warren Buffett observes, “The business schools reward difficult, complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.” By striving for simplicity, I could help myself to keep my mind on the main thing.
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Keep Your Mind On The Main Thing

According to the Pareto principle, also known as the 80/20 principle explained that when your eyes were opened:

  • 80 percent of traffic jams occur on 20 percent of the roads.
  • 80 percent of beer is consumed by 20 percent of drinkers.
  • 80 percent of classroom participation comes from 20 percent of students.
  • 80 percent of the time you wear 20 percent of your clothes.
  • 80 percent of the profits come from only 20 percent of the customers
  • 80 percent of problems are generated by 20 percent of the employees.
  • 80 percent of sales are generated by 20 percent of the salespeople.
  • 80 percent of all decisions can be made on 20 percent of the information.

What an eye opener! It meant that the best 20 percent of activities were sixteen times more productive than the remaining 80 percent. If I wanted to decrease the complexity of my life and increase my productivity, then I needed to focus on my top 20 percent. That day in the classroom I realized two things:  I was doing too many things, and the things I was doing were often the wrong things. And that is a recipe for an ineffective life.

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