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The 80/20 Rule and Win-Win-Win

Thu, 03/20/2008 - 18:02 -- rprice

Gary Vaynerchuk talks about a secret that he thinks is at the core of much of his success.

Reposted from: The 80/20 Business rule…..heck Life - my 2 minute take on life

Many folks who were at Future of Web Apps in Miami had nice things to say about Gary V's talk. I've also seen some other really nice videos by this guy on the web, and probably bookmarked them on my Ma.gnolia - check the RSS or link over there to check my bookmarks.

I can't say that Gary has all these ideas himself, and he does credit Kathy Sierra and Tara Hunt at the beginning of his video (google those people if you don't know who we're talking about).

Right, I don't think all his ideas are too super-original, but he has a very large and very rabid audience, and he understands how he got them, and he also presents it in a very down-to-earth manner. There is no barrier to entry for Gary unless you're afraid of spelling his name or people from New York.

I also like how he tells us not to channel Calacanis (or whoever), but just to be ourselves and do it really well and look out for other people.

If you look at your seemingly selfless (my brother would say altruistic) efforts in the ways you are benefiting yourself, the other person and those around you (or you, your partners in business and the community, or you, your fellow artists and the people who enjoy your art), you're going to have not only success, but a great feeling about how you got there.

Win-Win is not enough, you have to look for Win3. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, true, but if you paid attention in physics, there is always a release of heat or some byproduct of the reaction. If you can find the way to set up a reaction with a happy byproduct, everyone wins.

Take Hydrogen Fuel Cells. They last longer, they're sustainable to produce (I think), and the waste product is water. The customers are happy because of the small powerful battery, the business should be happy because they're not working with a limited supply of something like oil, and the people of the world should be happy because there isn't a battery rotting in the ground.

Open source is the same. When everyone is giving 80%, expecting 20%, the products are amazing, the community is healthy and the users of the products are happy. Win-Win-Win.

I can see this especially given my new situation with Petentials. We have all been giving so much for so long, but it's getting so easy to do things now, our vision is getting really razor-sharp, we're having a napalm-like burst of awesome ideas, and we can see the next plateau.

Things are just going really well right now. I have my complaints, but if there was nothing to reach for, I think I would lock myself in my apartment and curl up in a ball for lack of something to do. I am addicted to this stuff, and I'm starting to see the rewards.


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omething Different...for a Beer Guy
by Anonymous on Fri 21 Mar 2008 04:01 AM PDT | Permanent Link
Gary is AWESOME.

Maybe an 'old word' but he's as contemporary as they come! Knowledgeable, passionate, very funny, unrehearsed... and committed to his craft (wine, internet and communicating).


Besides the Conan O'Brien Show he also was on Ellen DeGeneress, Nightline (did a segment on him!) and numerous local radio and TV stuff. He also throws great wine parties at events he runs or attends.


I'm super surprised how often, when I -- as the video says -- ask someone, "What can I do for you?", they turn the offer down.

I don't understand this. Okay, at one level, I do -- new people are untrusted and you're hesitant to go near 'em. But I think there has to be a corollary to the 80/20 rule:

If someone offers to go 80, and asks you to go 20, DO IT.

So: If someone offers to help, ask them, "What do you want to help with?" If they're not sure, say, "Let me come up with some ideas," and take it from there.

If someone offers you ideas, take them. If they're bad ideas, you can throw them out later. But to not even engage is just plain dumb.