80/20 rule for haters (and supporters)

It stated with a peapods…

Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto developed the 80/20 principle after observing that 20% of the peapods in his garden produced 80% of the peas. He then later published a paper while at the University of Lausanne that showed that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by just 20% of the people…

80/20 rule

However, this principle or “rule” is bigger than just peapods or land in Italy. It seems to hold true for most nearly every aspect of life, for example:

  • 80% of a company’s profits come from 20% of its customers
  • 80% of software problems are caused by 20% of the bugs
  • People wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time
  • 80% of problems (in life) can be attributed to 20% of causes.

And the list can go on and on…

So it should come as no surprise that 80% of the “hate” you receive comes from 20% of your “friends”. Likewise 80% of the SUPPORT you receive comes from 20% of your friends.

So what does this all mean? It means that you need to identify your “20%”.


Find the 20% of your supporters and keep them close, take care of them, thank them and most importantly spend more time with. These are the people that make you happy!!!

For the 20% of your haters – Remove them from your life! It is that simple. Life is too short to let such a small group of people bring you down.

 Give it a try!





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