Saturday, November 7, 2009

80/20

As most of you know, I'm in college. And supposedly, that means I'm learning a lot of new information. However I often feel like I am just "learning" so I can pass a test, and the real knowledge I'm going to receive on the job.

One teacher this semester has actually been a bit different. Amongst the content that is good to know but we all know I won't really remember in 5 years, this teacher has taught his own "Corny Wisdom Principles" that he has learned through his own experience. I have actually found these to be really applicable, but not only that, they seriously stick in your head.

Here's one: the 80/20 Rule or the 80/10/10 Rule. In any situation, but specifically leadership roles, 10% of the people really like you and 10% of the people really don't like you. What you need to do is focus on keeping the other 80% content with you. For example, if you focus your attention on the 10% that hate you, trying to please them or get them to think better of you, you'll tick off at least the other 80%, if not the 90%. If you suck up to the 10% that like you, the 10% that hate you will think even less of you, and you'll frustrate the 80% that were content with you. If you focus on keeping the 80% that are content with you happy, then the 10% that like you will still like you, and the 10% that don't like you won't change either.

Doesn't that just make sense to you? It does to me. Maybe I'll use these for other blog topics, since I can't get them out of my head and wisdom is always good to pass on.

"Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding." Proverbs 2:2

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