For the past week, I have been reading a book on a concept called the 16x Principle. It has been rather enlightening and very influential. The main message the author is trying to send us is that with this principle, you can work less and get more out of it. It would seem to people, and I quote, ‘too good to be true’, and yet it could work if applied.
What stuck with me most is the math behind this. The 16x principle is based off of the 80/20 Principle or Pareto’s Law. This states that roughly twenty percent of what we do yields eighty percent of the good results. What hit me is that the left over eighty percent of work is pretty much wasted. Think about it logically, I’d probably stop doing that work. But some people don’t.
Reading further, I found that a lot of people can’t set aside their skepticism and see that this scientifically proven principle works. They get stuck with the idea that they have to gradually improve over a long period of time. They do what everyone else does. But it doesn’t have to be that way. They just need a new way of looking at things. I need to look at things in a new light.
The main thing I got was people are afraid of going against the ‘popular’ way of life. They don’t shake their routine of working all day with little outcome. By simply applying this new perspective, they could be working a whole lot less for more.