More Proof of the 80/20 Rule

I hope your day is sweet and satisfying………like a pumpkin-bread and Cool-Whip sandwich.

I imagine you are familiar with the 80 / 20 Rule. Many things in life somehow fall into this rule: 80 percent of the work is done by 20 percent of the people; 80 percent of wealth is owned by 20 percent of the people; 80 percent of society’s problems are caused by 20 percent of the people, etc, etc. I recently heard of a study conducted by a brilliant man of science that once again proved the 80 / 20 Rule.

This brilliant man of science, we’ll call him Billy as in Uncle Billy who taught me the science of trajectory with his BB gun when I was a kid, observed during his day to day life that very few people actually did what they said they would do. Not the big things that require a contract or a binding obligation but the little things like, “I’ll have it ready for you in an hour,” or “I’ll call you,” or I’ll be back at 2:00 to pick it up,” the little promises that people make every day. So, Billy decided to keep track. Every time someone would make one of these little promises to him he would write it down. He did this for several months and when he finally tallied up the score he found that 80 percent of people do not keep their word on a day to day basis.

Now, why am I telling you about this? Well, ever since Billy told me about it I haven’t been able to forget it. As a result, I have been making a determined effort to remain in the 20 percent of people that do keep their word. Now you know about it too, and I’m hoping you won’t be able to forget it either.


Tim Couch