The 80/20 Principle: Do Less, Get More


20 percent of the the input will generate 80 percent of the results. The remaining 80 percent of the input will generate only 20 percent of the results.

This is not a mild observation, this is a fact of life, a phenomenon that is undeniable.

What is the 20 percent of input that you do to get the 80 percent? Identify that, and do only that. You will have so much free time that you will feel almost ‘negligible’. That’s alright, because in the grand scheme of things, you are negligible, a speck in the Sahara, a paper boat riding the Niagara.

If you feel that you can’t do this or that because you don’t really have the time, you are being ignorant. I have tons of examples – tons! – from not only other people’s lives, but my own, where the 80/20 principle has helped in increasing overall productivity while decreasing the overall time spent to achieve it.

80 20 Principle

The 80 20 Principle

That is how it is. That is the way God has set up this place. Learn it. And live.

Our notions of cause and effect are symmetrical, but that is not how they are in real life. A small cause can have such a massive effect, and a number of large causes may not be able to give any effect whatsoever. Identification of that ‘important few’ causes is why you’d bother thinking about this in the first place.

Some Examples:

  • By just being able to hire the right person, you as a business owner can free yourself from pretty much everything that goes in running a business
  • By reading 20% of the book, you may know 80% of its content! (I have tried this on numerous occasions while at college and this has always worked – students call it selective study. It is selective and, if done right, is a magnificent example of the power of the 80/20 principle)
  • You can pray all you want to God – but a simple act of kindness to another fellow being, especially when you know you don’t ‘have to’ be kind, bears greater rewards from the One Above (all those nights spent in prayer is the 80 percent you can easily replace, if you want to!)
  • You may fall in love within seconds, and that few seconds might as well affect the remaining years of your life.
  • One sixer by Javed Miandad in the last ball of the last over can cement his place in the National Cricket Team for years to come.
  • The right words spoken to your spouse can replace all the expensive dinners and outings that you otherwise think you’d need to do to convey your feelings.

I can, you can be sure, go for miles with this.

Identify the 20 percent!

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  1. Nafees Ahmad

    Dear Sir, thanks a lot for providing these info ….. we the three friends are interested in starting the dairy farming business but we have no such experience…. so guid us

  2. QADRI

    very good i love it, good bless u

  3. Imtiaz Hussain

    The information you provided is very helpful and useful. May Allah bless you and keep up the good work.

  4. shaukat Ali Kundi

    Its very interesting going through what you have written and explained in plain and understandable English. you have worked very hard to explain your experiences. Its all teaching. At least I have picked up some points from your literature to start off with a small dairy farm of 10 local bred cows in my village at Dera Ismail Khan

  5. Malik Mahmood Iqbal

    that’s it

  6. Malik Mahmood Iqbal

    Sorry for few spelling and grammar mistakes I noticed after upload
    Mahmood Malik

  7. Malik Mahmood Iqbal

    I am in my 57th year of age. Doing Hajj & Umrah business in Mianwali. I have quota of 105. We are registered with we are the pnly approved agents of Tourism Punjab and IATA.
    This business is in detoriating day by day. I had a successful goat & sheep farm earlier, but due to shortage of open grazing area, I wound up and left to KUWAIT
    Now I want to start a cow breeding / Milk farm.
    I have 4 acres of (NEHRI) land in distt Mianwali.
    Want to start on very small scale like 5 or 6 cows
    I have very Hard believe in time and above all ( TAWAKAL ALLAH)
    Would love to visit your set up (if allowed)

    thanks for sharing so valuable information to all Pakistanis and encouraging them to do some thing instead of being IDLE and not valuing them selves.

    truly yours
    Mahmood Malik (0301-855-4949)

  8. ahsan

    Dear Mr Momekh,
    Assalam o allaikum.
    thanks alot brother for sharing such a treasure. brother i am a BBA(hon’s) graduate and doing job in KSA, but i made my mind to start Dairy Business from University time but did not get resources at that time. now i have everything dear.
    i just need a proper guideline from you.
    can you please provide me your Mobile number so that i can contact you or Skype Adress. i want to discuss many things with you. the time is short coz i have to take decion in 2 months.
    i shall be very thankful to you if you can contact me on my email id (

    waiting for your response
    thanks & best regards

  9. imran ghani

    Mr. Momekh i live in lahore. i have not any education or any other knowledge in this field. i have the sources but not but not know well that how to use them. please guide me about it. i have land, tube well etc. i also want want to visit some cattledairy farms. please guide me.

  10. imran ghani

    Need some instructions about starting a cattle or dairy farm in desert area near Bhakkar district. especially which is the nearest area where i can purchase animals. Thanks

  11. Ch Liaquat Hussain

    I am much more interested to know the formula 80/20. how does it work ? and how to install things with the same ratio?Actually i am interested to make a dairy farm in Pakistan ( Teh . Gujar Khan).If someone experienced person can write me the right way to prepare a successful dairy farm.

    • The ‘formula’ is very nicely explained by Richard Koch in his book The 80/20 Principle. I have the same book (I actually ordered it all the way from Amreeeeka to here in Lahore!)… I highly recommend it. Click here to see the book on Amazon, you can buy it online if you want.

      I apply these principles as told in the book to NOT ONLY my dairy farm, but pretty much everything else. 🙂

      I wish you all the best. If you need to know something more specific about the 80/20, do ask!

  12. I first read about the 80/20 principle – although not in these words – while studying computer science. It is now a pretty well-understood concept that almost 80 percent of the users of a software use only about 20 percent of the features. Hence companies like 37Signals take advantage of this fact and produce remarkable software quickly and cheaply.


    agree 80/ 20 , direction should be right

  14. Man this is one good and mind boggling theory………

  15. And you left us with the most difficult task ‘identifying the 20 percent’. We are in a habit of eating ‘pakki pakai kher’.

    I believe one’s personality can depict that what suits him best, that would be the also thing one love to do. If we do what we love to do, then there are chances to get the maximum output; 80% output in just 20% of time.

    • That is, I figure, why most people remain where they are; they don’t think.
      And that is also the reason, I figure, why Quran stresses the importance of ‘thinking’, knowing well that we as humans have a habit of just ‘following the crowd’ and not learning.

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