Push the Rock

Maybe you’ve heard of the 80/20 rule, the Pareto Principle, the law of the vital few.

It says that, in many cases, 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes, or 80% of the results come from 20% of the energy.

The 20% are often difficult things, complicated things, unpopular things, things that are not, at first glance, obvious.

The quintessential image of this idea is of a massive boulder sitting atop a hill. A person exerts energy to push the boulder until gravity catches it and carries it the rest of the way down the hill.

Your task is simple. Find a big rock and push it.

But big rocks are difficult to push and the rocks that matter might not be the most obvious or the most popular or they wouldn’t still be on the top of a hill.

Many people want to be more motivated, most people don’t want to have their motives examined and judged.

Many people want to live in a peaceful world, most people don’t want to make peace with their enemies.

Many things are pushing back against this rock. That’s why it’s still there.

If it’s been there for a long time, if you have learned to ignore it or cope with it, then that’s your rock.

If you immediately feel like that can’t possibly be my rock, it probably is.

If it’s difficult, complicated, unpopular, or not, at first glance, obvious, push it.

This is my daily project where I write about diverse ideas.

This is ‘Dose’ #7.


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