80/20 RULE – Teaches authors how to be a winner
Some days my mind goes into a state of repose; thinking about my journey as an author I am compelled to share my views as an author’s thoughts…
As writer’s we are often perceived as given to being artistic; there are other times when we are capable of drawing on that ole left-brain logic. When I think about being a winner, I am drawn immediately to an old management tool I’ve used for years, and easily applies to our lives as writers. Let me give you an example.
10… Start with 10 people who want to be a winner, or gain recognition and glory. Could be writing your first book, athletics, music, dancing, whatever. OK, we first look at these 10 people using a Bell Curve; which says that there will be 2 at the top, 2 at the bottom, and 6 in the middle of the curve.
Makes sense doesn’t it? 2 out of 10 people at the bottom want to be great, but do absolutely nothing about it. No lessons, never practice, just dream!
6… OK then, what about the six in the middle? Well, they talk a good game, and show up for the ‘face time’ and buy the right clothes to attract attention. But competition? No. They’re not serious enough to be considered competitive.
2… So that leaves two at the top. You and another person. All you have to do it find out who the other person is, and out-work them. Not the whole world. Not everybody in your class, on your team, or any endeavor. Just the one other person who can seriously challenge you for excellence.
Taking the 80/20 approach you can more confidently move toward being a winner. Look at it this way… if you do win you’re #1. If you lose, you’re #2, and you’ve beaten 80% of the competition because only 2 people out of 10 are even making a serious effort to excel!
The 80/20 Rule applies everywhere. Work, church, a competition of any sort, discussion groups (really, only 2 people dominate the conversation) craft groups, social groups… you name it. All you have to decide is where you want to be, what you want to do, and who that one other dedicated person is who wants the same thing.
Don Wooldridge | Author