The 5/25 Rule That Could Change Your Life

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Warren Buffett is ranked one the wealthiest men in the world and the most successful investor of the 20th century, so with that in mind, it’s probably a good idea to listen to his advice.

It is all about priorities and optimizing focus, so whether you’re an avid list maker or you’re the only person who can decipher through your disorganized mess, this strategy is a foolproof way to set goals whilst using the power of elimination.

Here’s how it’s done:

Step 1: Set your goals.

Firstly, write down your top 25 career goals. These can be short term, long term or something you’ve always daydreamed about but never had the courage to pursue.

Step 2: Choose your top 5.

This is probably the point where you’ll leave out ‘ride a unicorn’ or something like that. Picking out your top 5 goals can sometimes prove difficult, as it means letting go of goals that you really want to achieve but it’s an important part of the process. It teaches you what is most important to you, and you could be surprised by the answer.

Step 3: Split the list. 

Separate the list into two, leaving you with 20 goals on one and your top 5 on the other.

Step 4: Avoid at all costs.

Now, you’re left with 20 goals that Buffett named as the ones you should avoid at all costs. Your top five goals are the ones that you should be focusing on and the other 20 shouldn’t take any of your attention until the top 5 have been completed.

The 5/25 rule is an amazing way to help you to focus on what is important. By narrowing your goals down, you’re decluttering your mind. It simplifies everything and allows you to direct all of your energy, without wasting it on other goals that you may try to tackle because they’re easier or take less time and dedication.

Simple yet effective- every Career Girl’s dream.

Which goals would be in your top 5?


Written by Scarlet Emily

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  • Mama Sow

    Great advice will definitely try it out ^-^

  • Natalie Harney

    Great advice for getting focused on your goals.

    – Natalie

  • dag DUO

    Great advice, however… who says my 5 goals are the goals I should focus on? It is al up to me, I decide this by myself and no feedback.

    Maybe I totally lost perspective on the situation, maybe the 5 goals are on my list because “my mom or society wants it”, maybe I am not in a position yet to decide the top 5 goals already. The risk of closing myself off for new and better goals is hight.(For example; more healthy, more realistic or more relationship oriented)

    I believe this strategy is great when you would show others your list. And by others I do not only mean other career girls, but also your grand parents (life experience), mentor (career advice), close friend (personality advice) etc.

  • Yvonne Ashon

    Great advice. Thank you.

  • Camille Beygui

    This is so great

  • daphne siy

    Thanks for the advice :)

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  • Madison Grace

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  • Taste of France

    This sounds good and yet I am not sure about it. My top career goal when I graduated from college wasn’t possible–I didn’t go to an Ivy League school because I couldn’t afford it (the top employers of the field hire almost exclusively from the top schools) and I didn’t know it but my personality wasn’t suited for what I wanted. I bumbled along and ended up in the desired field, but not in the star position I sought. Instead I became the boss of the stars, something I never would have imagined. It was an incremental process of “yes, I can do that,” and “hey, I can do better than so-and-so at that.”

  • Nikaia

    I’ve tried this and it works! Saving this post :) xx

  • The Brown Eyed Bostonian

    Awesome advice. Sometimes I feel like my life is all over the place and I am either hyper focused or not focused at all. I’ve been working in financial services for a year and then QUIT. I was so sick of not doing anything fulfilling creatively. As I pursue a career in Interactive Design I will use this 5/25 Rule to focus and create growth. Thanks so much!

  • Misc Bliss

    Ooh I love this! So simple and yet so effective. I think anything that whittles down the seemingly unending options available to us is a good thing… and I would definitely trust what Mr. Buffett says. Thanks for sharing!

    Steph | Misc. Bliss

  • Olga Baker

    What a great piece of advice! I’ve never heard of this approach, but it makes total sense and sounds refreshing. Thank you so much for sharing!