“The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.”
Good morning, friends! I hope you are well. I just realized, this very morning, that many of the readers may be working from home and not in some office today. Man am I slow! Alas, wherever you are, I hope it is great. Let’s get to it!
If you’re perceptive, and I expect that most of you are, then you’ll notice that Jim Rohn was also last week’s quote maker and you are right. Be prepared, because Jim Rohn will likely be the quote maker for weeks to come. I’ve been a devotee of his for a few years and more and more lately. He was a wonderful thinker on success.
Have you ever heard of the Perato Principle? You probably don’t know it by that name, but you know the simplicity of it. Eighty percent of the work is done by twenty percent of the people. It’s the 80/20 principle. In my life, whether work, home or church, I found it to be more of a 95/5 principle, but the principle is the same. There are doers and there are watchers. It’s true in any organization, and doers rise while watchers languish or fall.
The Philadelphia 76’ers (an NBA basketball team) have a player, a highly regarded, very talented player. He is the kind of player that has the skill set to mesh with a reasonable team to win championships. But this unnamed player is a profound watcher. He is derided by commentators for his laziness and lack of drive. Sure, he has his moments, but unless something changes, quickly, he will never amount to much. And it’s sad to watch.
On the flip side, another NBA player for another team is quite the opposite. To be an NBA player he has to have talent, but even in his own family he can see the difference. His brother is all-world, an all-time great. He, on the other hand, is just really good, and really good has a hard time staying in the NBA. So this young man works really, really hard to maximize his skills, to earn the respect of his teammates, and to master the arts of team play. And he will have a long, successful NBA career. He is a joy to watch.
Now, I know everybody thinks they are a doer, a 20%’er, and that may be true in one or two areas of your life. But is it true in the areas most important to your life? I don’t know what those areas are, but I’ll be you do. I’m not talking about your “want” areas; I’m talking about the areas that matter most to the success of your life. Are you a doer there? Chances are somebody is, and you may envy them, but you can to.
Wherever the Perato line falls (20%, 10%, 5% or 1% or something else) the doers are winning. I know the watch areas of my life; some I don’t care about and some I do. But if it’s something that is important to the success of my life I’d better be a doer, not a watcher. Same for you. Let other people watch and envy our success. Let’s just enjoy the fruit. Have a wonderful week!