Voltaire suggested that “Common sense is not so common.”
Certainly it is a trait that is valued by employers … sometimes even more than intelligence (EQ versus IQ?)
“Common sense is seeing things as they are; and doing things as they ought to be.” Harriet Beecher Stowe
Some thoughts on common sense …
1. I believe that the more experience you have the more “common” the sense becomes.
2. Common sense is often demonstrated through sound decision making.
3. You cannot make good decisions if you are not TRULY engaging your brain… doing what you have always done, taking others opinions at face value and making a decision while your mind is somewhere else are all common flaws, leading to a lack of common sense in the decision.
4. People we consider to have good common sense are often described as dependable… that is not a bad thing.
5. Sometimes making the uncommon decision is what brings creativity… BUT you need the common sense to know when that is appropriate.
6. Some people understand what the common sense answer is but choose very consciously to make bad decisions… but the outcome is the same. So… exercising common sense would seem to be the desirable outcome.
I don’t think there are magic bullets… we learn common sense through our life’s experiences, from birth to today. Every day we all see situations that cause us to shake our heads, wondering, “What were they thinking?” It appears that people either have it or they don’t, some people who have it don’t exercise it and I think most people believe they have it… but the jury is out!
Sometimes the result of poor common sense is not a big deal… and sometimes it can be life or death, relationship or no relationship, job or no job.