The 80/20 Principle (Book) – 5 ESL English Discussion Questions

The 80/20 Principle

Summary – The 80/20 Principle — The Secret to Achieving More with Less:


Even though it seems counter-intuitive, The 80/20 Principle (a.k.a the Pareto Principle), based on a number of analyses, teaches us that a minority of inputs, causes or effort usually lead to a majority of the results, outputs, or rewards.

More precisely, 80 percent of what you achieve comes from 20 percent of the time spent and effort made subject to concentrating on the essential.

1- How would you summarize the book from your perspective?

2- Have you changed the way you set up goals and manage time after reading the book? Explain how.

3- In what ways has your life changed since reading this book (perspective)?

Unfortunately most people procrastinate on the top 10 or 20 percent of things that are the most important, the “vital few,” and busy themselves instead with the least important 80%, the “trivial many,” that contribute very little to their success.

4- Do you have an approach that helps you know if the task you’re going to take is essential? Share with us your experience.

Oftentimes, people appear to be busy all day long but seem to accomplish very little. This is almost always because they are busy working on tasks that are of low value.

The most valuable tasks you can do each day are often the hardest and most complex.

5- Do you fall into this trap too and find yourself busy doing comfortable tasks and procrastinating the most valuable and hard ones? How do you think you can overcome this problem?

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