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I was talking to one of my friends about daily life occurrences and he brought up the Pareto Principle, which is also known as the 80/20 rule. In it’s fundamental meaning, it refers to the concept that 80% of wealth/income is held by 20% of the people, or 80% of the results comes from 20% of the work. I’ll leave the philosophical to the philosophical. I figured we could take that same principle and apply it to our everyday lives. Like I’ve said before, sometimes it’s the simple things…like using a Trojan as opposed to some bootleg brand because it was free. Well not really, but I felt like saying that. Nonetheless, let’s begin shall we?

S*x S*x S*x S*xy Time

We talk about s*x and headiepoo enough on this blog, so I figured I’d apply the 80/20 rule to that. Given that at least 90% of the readers here have had s*x, it’s safe to say that most of us like it a lot when it’s earth-shaking. In the context of a relationship, a lot of folks have shared their views on it’s importance in a relationship. Despite those who say it isn’t the most important aspect of a relationship, it definitely carries A LOT of weight.

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For example, you could be dating someone and life seems peachy because the sex game is mean. You could have absolutely nothing else in common, but if the sex is pizzlin’, poppin’, hot to death, the relationship seems better than it really is. Good sex will also make you stay with someone longer than normal if other aspects of the relationship are failing. Given that there are so many elements of a relationship, I think for the purpose of this post I can say that good physical chemistry should/could be only about 20% of the relationship, but it can provide a helluva lot of the success/longevity. Of course this may not be applicable across the board, but it makes sense if you don’t take it to the extreme. Example…

Friend 1: Girl, you need to leave his ass. He ain’t good for you. Look at how crazy he got you actin.

Friend 2: I know, but he puts me to sleep better than Nyquil. Just last night he had me hittin them notes when he was givin them strokes.. I can’t walk wide-legged away from that…

Friend 1: Girl…is it really that good?

Friend 2: Yes.

Friend 1: Nevermind. Things will get better.

Aight, so that was a bit of an exaggeration but not really so I think you get my point.

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The J-O-B

For most of us, our 9-5 doesn’t really require us to be there from 9-5. If you’re lucky enough to have Internet access from work, think of how much time you spend window shopping, reading blogs, visiting celebrity news sites, or hanging out on ESPN.com. If you don’t have Internet access, think of how much time you spend emailing friends and deleting. 20% of what you do daily may account for 80% of what they’re paying you for. Dude in Office Space was on to something. I’m not tryna be a construction worker though.

The Reversal

This example is the 80/20 rule in reverse. One of my other friends was tellin me about a bathroom incident. Not number uno…deuce bigaload. He was rushed out of the bathroom because he had to be somewhere. He said he accomplished 80% of the task, but only felt 20% relieved. The moral of this story…don’t rush your bathroom trips.

Bring It on Home Slim!

There are a lot of examples where the 80/20 rule or some percentage variation thereof has legitimacy in our daily lives. I had a few other examples, but thought it would be more entertaining to hear from the readers. What other examples can folks apply this to? Feel free to dispute any of my examples as well. I already had someone disagree and I didn’t even finish the post at that point.

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Interestingly enough, 80% of our comments are provided by less than 20% of our daily visitors. Let’s change that statistic!

Don’t rush me when I’m sittin on the throne,

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