Sunday, May 1, 2011

36. Evolution and the 80/20 rule.

The rule of 80/20 is best understood after the law of attraction.
The law of attraction is another great law that explains how larger or smaller groups, alliances and enterprises are formed in society. Andrew Carnegie when teaching his wisdom to Napoleon Hill called it Master Mind principle and explained it as "An alliance of two or more minds, working together in perfect harmony, for the attainment of a definite purpose." Two persons A, and B working and focusing together towards a goal G , act attractively to a third person C who is also interested in the same goal G. It is the type of consciousness , habits "sympathetic resonance" "and "heat" that persons A, B create which makes the vibrations and rhythms of a person C with similar consciousness and interests to be attracted to A, and B so as to form a group A,B,C and so on. It is known in social psychology that when two girls are room mates their menstruation periods tune as if by "sympathetic resonance" to have the same phase. It is a law similar to the law of universal attraction of Newton with which stars and planets are formed. Very relevant to this law is also the Pareto or power distribution law of 80/20, that e.g. for the stars states that more than 80% of the star plasma mass is found in less than 20% of the stars in the galaxy. Similarly more than 80% of the population in a country is found in less than 20% of the towns, more than 80% of the assets in the private sector are found in less than 20% of the enterprises, and more than 80% of the internet pages are found in less than 20% of the sites. The power distribution law of 80/20 has been proved mathematically to hold under the hypothesis of an exponentially evolving population if it is starting with a uniform random distribution. In personal development we may watch this law in action all around us. You start thinking of a friend and by "coincidence" the phone is ringing with him on the other end. Happy people seem to attract happy people, rich people attract rich people etc. People that take advantage of this law, talk about "serendipity" and are often called lucky. Many people hold themselves back in personal development because they do not know how to get from where they are to where they want to go. But because of this law, it is not necessary to have all the answers before you begin. The law of attraction provides leverage to go on.

Some more interesting applications of the rule of 80/20 are:

More than 80% of the orders in a restaurant come from less than 20% of the menu selections.
More than 80% of the staff problems in an enterprise come from less than 20% of its employees.
More than 80% of the value of our daily activities comes from less than 20% of our daily tasks.
More than 80% of the lecture in a seminar of personal development is proved after sufficient time that it was essentially addressed  to less than 20% of the audience.

The latter is a very interesting feature of standard personal development material, books and mp3's. Because of this property of addressing eventually to the minority of the audience or readers rather than the majority, there are the well known dangers of books of wisdom. I believe that this is not always universal there are books or seminars of personal development that may be designed so that they are eventually addressed to the majority of the audience rather that to the minority. Usually strongly stimulating seminars (of the type "you can do it" ) address to the minority, while soothing seminars (of the type it does not matter, the present is important you are OK) address to the majority of the audience.

We must not forget nevertheless that a physical law, if not appropriated by the human intervention may make the society a jungle. It is only though decreased financial differences that the society is healthy and happy. And this of course means similar levels of development of its citizens. Here is a relevant video: