I want to apply this to my business life. I am sure I waste a lot of time on things that don’t work. Time’s a wasting and I want to focus on things that work.(to make me more money while continuing to have job satisfaction). I want to do the important things and stop doing the things that have minimal impact.
When I worked in an office, I was a perfectionist. I ran myself ragged chasing details. I thought if I didn’t do things perfectly I would get fired. I put in a lot of unpaid overtime to be a perfectionist. It was completely self defeating. It made me grumpy and since my social skills were kind of borderline anyway, it made me less pleasant to be around.
It wasn’t all my fault. I bought into the Protestant Work Ethic idea that if I worked my ass off, I would be rewarded. I have learned since then that it is more important to work at the RIGHT things and even more importantly it is important to be likeable. Sad but true.
I am more likeable than I used to be now. I have had 5 job offers in the 3 and a half years I have been “homeless”. Part of the reason is, I am more relaxed.
In my main business (the one that keeps me in gas for the van and other necessities) it is true that approximately 20% of the clients I have met over the years have paid me 80% of my income. These 20% are also the ones that from time to time, refer me to others. If I can just stick with it, and keep cultivating this 20% I feel like maybe I will have something very worthwhile in year or two. I just have to stick with it!
Have any of you seen the Pareto Principle at work in YOUR life of business? If so, please tell me more about it! (Ryu, does this work with strength training?)