You’ve probably heard about Pareto’s 80/20 rule, but what about the 10/90 rule?
While usually used in statistics, I recently found that it is also relevant in how we live our lives, run a business, or when making a decision.
Think about it, was there a moment you wished you could go back to change a decision you’ve made that brought you to where you are today? These pivotal moments are pretty much the instances where the 10/90 rule comes in. Sometimes, it just takes a single decision to change your entire life – for better, or for worse.
Knowing this, are you willing to take that one decision, knowing that it may change the course of your life? Whether it is to be that 1 successful startup out of the 9 other that fails, to be that 1 that makes it into that dream job where it’s impossible to get into, or to be that 1 that successfully acquires a dream that is otherwise not attainable, knowing that there is a 90% possibility of not making it?
What if that 1 thing you did ignites that 90% in you, will you take the risk, knowing that the failure is equally as high?
Someone once told me that living a 10/90 life is pretty much the path less taken. That’s why it’s tough, and that’s why only the alternatives dare take that route, despite the consequences and outcome that you’ll need to deal with after.
Just like the chorus in Disney’s Moana:
“I know everybody on this island seems so happy,
on this island everything is by design…
See the light as it shines on the see?
It’s blinding. But no one knows, how deep it goes.
And it seems to be calling out to me, so come find me.
And let me know, what’s beyond that line, will I cross that line?”
I believe risks in defining moments are meant to be taken. These are the moments where one decision can make a world of a difference. The wager is great, but the rewards are also greater.
When were your defining moments in life?
Have you discovered that one thing that ignites the 90% in you?
Will you cross that line despite everything is set by design and it may capsize you?