Tomorrow, Saturday, November 4, is Use Your Common Sense Day. As I’ve said here before, I chose November 4 as Use Your Common Sense Day because it is Will Rogers’ birthday. One of his most famous sayings is “common sense ain’t all that common”. In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I am on a crusade to change that.
Yesterday, I came across a CNN.com post by Willie Nelson, legendary American country music singer and songwriter entitled “We Have a Lot to Learn From Horses”. Mr. Nelson began the post with this quote:
- Will Rogers said, "You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people."
More common sense from Will Rogers – this time on the long term folly of gambling.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not above the occasional friendly bet on an American Football game, especially when one of my favorite teams is involved (actually, I now owe one of my friends lunch because of the outcome of the West Virginia -- Louisville college football game last night). And, I like to play black jack when I find myself in a place with a casino.
That’s why I like Mr. Rogers. He had a knack for presenting common sense advice in a humorous manner that helped him get his points across. You can find some of his more well known quotes at www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Will_Rogers.
Here’s a couple that I really like:
- On tolerance -- “Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.”
- On work life balance – “Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.”
- On empathy – “I never met a man I didn’t like.”
- On war – “You can’t say that civilization doesn’t advance. In every war, they kill you in a new way.”
- On people and humor – “An onion can make people cry, but there’s never been a vegetable that can make them laugh.”
- On work – “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
- On simplicity – “Nothing you can’t spell will ever work.”
- On ethics – “Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”
- On rumor – “Rumor travels faster, but it doesn’t stay put as long as the truth.”
I suggest that you think about these quotes – especially tomorrow, Common Sense Day, decide which ones appeal to you, and then do something to put their common sense to work in your life.
By the way, Alan, a.k.a. Success Warrior, has made some interesting comments on my Use Your Common Sense Day posts.
- I am going to work on my website which I have been putting off for a couple of months. It's something that I know I need to do but have put other things ahead of it on my to-do list. Time to bump it to the head of the line.
- The thing I see about working on weakness and strength is this. You can put a whole lot of effort into working on a weakness and make very little progress. You can put a little bit of effort into a strength and make great strides. Strides big enough to not only compensate for your weakness but completely overshadow them. For me the common sense choice is to delegate tasks that fall in my weak areas and put my effort into my strengths.
Thanks for the common sense advice, Alan.
That’s it for today. Thanks for reading. Remember to use your common sense on Saturday, November 4 – Use Your Common Sense Day – and everyday.
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