September 14th, 2007 - by Golgotha

The 80/20 Rule

The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) states that, in many cases, 80% of the effects comes from 20% of the causes. The Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto observed that 80% of the income in Italy was received by 20% of the Italian population. The assumption is that most of the results in any situation are determined by a small number of causes.

Take some time this week to see if this holds true for you. In the activities that you do, does the minority (around 20 percent) account for the majority (around 80 percent) of your outputs.

I see this all the time in my life.

I often find myself teaching the Sunday school lesson at our church along with 4 or 5 other guys. Week after week the same group of guys step up to teach the class because out of around 30+ people they are the only ones to volunteer.

I remember as a kid playing soccer one of my coaches said that in a 90 minute soccer game the combined amount of time that you will actually touch the ball is less than 2 minutes… “so don’t screw it up son”.

Even at work, I’m willing to bet that my best work would make up a small chunk of time, say an hour, maybe two. It’s not to say that the other six hours are wasted, but they are spent in less productive ways.

This blog is no exception. This blog, like any other blog I’m sure, receives the majority of its comments from a select few. These precious few take the time to comment on most of the posts that we spend hours creating. And so today we thank them!

Thank you to ALL who have taken the time to comment. It means the world to us. We hope that you will continue to do so.

And an extra special thanks to our top 5 commenters – THANK YOU!

13 Responses to “Thank You! Well at least 20% of You…”

1 Jelena

Awww.. You are welcome, Mark. I am here to stay. 🙂

2 Golgotha

Thanks Jelena, your comments really do mean the world to us. I know that Paul and Sara put in a lot of time and it’s nice to know that people are stopping by and getting something out of it.


3 Devthink

TIP: The Pareto Principle or how I learned origins of the 80/20 rule….

I’ve often heard and given reference to the 80/20 rule. It was only today after reading an post on Search-This that I discovered that the 80/20 rule was actually a principal or more specifically “The Pareto principal”. Apparently Jose…

4 Ian

I’ve heard of the 80/20 rule but never the derivation. Great article! I did a quick wikipedia search and it looks like Joseph M. Juran coined the term and named it after Vilfredo Pareto.

5 Golgotha

Cool, thanks Ian for the info.


I should be thanking you for the quality posts Mark. I still remember when Search-This was in its infancy and I would read about it on your personal blog ( This blog, the articles, your writing, and your team has come such a long way amigo – keep up the great work!

7 Golgotha

Thanks Tomas 🙂

8 rAm

This is one of the few blogs, that I wait to read every post.
Thanks for a wonderful content. And yes, it is a very nice gesture to thank your readers.
Keep blogging! I would say

9 Golgotha

Thanks rAm 🙂

10 Michal Levy

Thank you too for linking to me 🙂 I also enjoy reading this blog a lot, and I find it a courtesy to add a comment.

11 Paul Bradish


Search-This is an excellent blog. Between your entries, and Sara’s podcasting – I have plenty of excellent content to study.

Thank you 🙂

12 Golgotha

Thanks Paul – that really does mean a lot to all of us. We all put in long hours — too many hours my wife says — but it’s fun!

Without commentors though, we couldn’t do it.

13 Golgotha

Thank you too Michal – we love you all… well maybe not all of you, but probably 20% of you 🙂

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