Dominate What Works; 8020 Pareto Principle

The Pareto Principle is very simple, yet very important. It is named after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who, in 1906, found that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population.

What was most important about Pareto’s finding was that this 80/20 distribution occurs extremely frequently. For example, in general, 20% of your customers represent 80% of your sales. And 20% of your time produces 80% of your results. And so on.

The Pareto Principle, or “80/20 Rule” as it is frequently called today, is an incredible tool for growing your business. For instance, if you can figure out which 20% of your time produces 80% of your business’ results, you can spend more time on those activities and less time on others. Likewise, by identifying the characteristics of the top 20% of your customers (who represent 80% of your sales), you can find more customers like them and dramatically grow your sales and profits.

You can take the Pareto Principle to the next level. The Pareto Principle is exponential! Let me explain. We already know that 20% of your customers represent 80% of your revenues. Within that initial 20%, the 80/20 rule also exists. Meaning that the top 20% of the top 20% of your customers (or the top 4% overall) represent 64% of your sales (calculated as 80% times 80%).

Now you have a distribution in which the top 4% of your customers account for 64% of your sales. So you can find more customers like them. And importantly, the Pareto Principle scales to the third power, and fourth power, and so on when the numbers are great enough. The exponential power of the Pareto Principle, provides impactful solutions for your business to quickly grow sales and profits.

The Pareto Principle or 80/20 rule is an extremely powerful tool, when properly applied, for growing any business. The key is knowing how and when to apply it, and leveraging its exponential properties.

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