Summary of The 80/20 Individual

The Nine Essentials for 80/20 Success at Work

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The 80/20 Individual book summary
If you can make 80% of your profit with only 20% of your effort, why aren’t you running the world?


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Author Richard Koch contends that individual initiative is responsible for most progress, given that 20% of entrepreneurs or innovators are responsible for 80% of results and new ideas. Koch focuses on how to be a successful entrepreneur by working with a small team of supporters. He discusses the importance of good ideas, great colleagues, a powerful value proposition, good partners and, of course, ample capital. He suggests a trend toward a new breed of corporations based on individualism, though Bill Gates and Warren Buffett alone do not necessarily make a trend. While Koch writes in a breezy, engaging style, the 80/20 mantra becomes generalized and repetitious. It’s a popular expression, but does it always apply? The other chapters are more solid, though they restate known entrepreneurial principles and techniques, dressed in 80/20 lingo. As such, suggests, they may be a good introduction for the new entrepreneur, if not for the rugged individual who has already mastered the percentages.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How individual creativity is a primary source of wealth and progress;
  • How to combine forces with others on a team to develop your ideas; and
  • How to launch a new venture successfully.


The Power of the 80-20 Principle
The individual revolution has arrived. Creative individuals are replacing capitalists as the creators of wealth. The underlying principle of this revolution is the 80/20 principle based on a common finding in business, science, education and other fields...
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About the Author

Richard Kock is the author of The 80/20 Principle and The Power Laws of Business. An entrepreneur, his ventures have included consulting (LEK), developing and marketing personal organizers (Filofax), hotels (Zoffany), restaurants (Belgo) and premium gin (Plymouth). He was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and a partner of Bain & Company. He is currently an investor-director of Betfair and advises private equity groups in the U.K. and South Africa.

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