High level use of Common Sense

Being able to learn to be useful in groups, builds access to a growing series of low-risk and significant opportunities.  Some groups have members lacking sufficient common sense, they tend to generate high-risk and insignificant opportunities.  They alienate productive members, waste resources, and tear down the groups’ ability to grow.

The tendency for low achievers is to avoid being useful to their own future, to deceive themselves, wasting precious little time to learn skills to build the foundation of their future.  Delaying and avoiding becoming useful to groups that build growth; and instead they stay in the condition they are in, or worse.

To be self-deceptive is a self destructive thought process that harms group based developments. A person can be employed.  A group can build a profit-based or scientific effort, a team of groups can build cities and government.

The above applies to all of us; we all lapse momentarily in being passive about our own future.  Some more than others.

Common Sense is a skill set that allows us to productively develop our own future.

Developed skills in expressing Common Sense allows a person to offer others opportunities, … and control the related risks.  As you read the following article, consider the social interactions of Common Sense and how they impact being successful.

12 Powerful Habits of the Super Successful and Wealthy
that You Need to Adopt

By Lolly Daskal  President and CEO, Lead From Within @LollyDaskal

Success does not happen by luck, and wealth does not happen by accident–those who have built wealth and success have deliberate habits that make them more productive and effective. To emulate these habits, we must train ourselves and be focused; we must take our bad habits and replace them with new ones.

Here are 12 powerful habits that can help you build success and wealth. How many do you already have in place, and which ones do you need to pick up?

1. Be an early riser. Research shows that 44 percent of wealthy people wake up three hours before going to work, compared with just 3 percent of those who are not wealthy. Just the simple act of getting up early adds an hour a day to their lives. Imagine how much productive work you can get done early in the morning, with no interruptions or distractions. Or use this extra time to work on setting goals and exploring opportunities.

[identify goals leading to achievements, then learn the related skills, and develop access to the related groups]

2. Network. Research says that 79 percent of wealthy people spend at least five hours a month networking–going to conferences, meeting new clients, attending webinars, meeting for coffee–while only 16 percent of the non-wealthy do. Spending time with like-minded people allows you to align yourself with others and learn from them. Whom you hang out with determines what you talk about and what you do about it; you can change your career outcome by being with successful people who will teach you, lift you, and support you.

[Find useful mentors to identify areas you have not yet considered important to develop sufficiently for yourself; what you don’t know can block access to opportunities.  A clergy member or fast-food clerk  likely knows very little about physics, political science, engineering, or business.  Find mentors who actively practice what you want to learn.  Find people to meet with regularly to help keep your motivation active; sometimes online forums in a focus area.  Focusing on the wrong things can waste time and other resources.]

3. Scratch the itch. The most successful people are those who felt an itch and began to scratch it–and from there, they became focused as a laser on what they wanted to achieve until they made it their reality. Follow their determination; ignore the noise and keep your FOCUS: Follow One Course Until Success.

[This is not to say that you destroy the resources you already have developed, to accomplish an insignificant near term goal.  Not paying your rent to go to a football game is self-destructive; in many ways.]

4. Read to learn. According to research, 86 percent of wealthy people love to read, as opposed to 26 percent of those who are not wealthy. When you read, make sure you read to learn. Those who achieve wealth and success are constantly in a state of self-improvement; they read to learn and grow. As Dr. Seuss said so well, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

[Learning in the beginning is as easy as a Google Search on the internet, and taking related notes to remind you of the relationships later.  Just as important, note the strongly related gaps in understanding that you find, related to your goal, and search in those areas.]

5. Make a list. To achieve an overarching goal, you need to list what you want to accomplish. The majority of wealthy people create daily to-do lists–81 percent of them, in fact, compared with 19 percent of those who are not wealthy. What’s more, 67 percent of wealthy folks actually complete 70 percent or more of their to-do items every day. They have goals they focus on, and they work hard to achieve them.

[This is important to making incremental accomplishments every day, that lead to major accomplishments.  Goals should broadly provide a foundation to sustain support of a future major accomplishment.  Prioritize your Big Picture of Accomplishment; what provides you sustained access to your achieved accomplishment.  Everything exists on a foundation.]

6. Get off the couch. It’s an hour or less of daily TV for 67 percent of wealthy people, while only 23 percent of the rest limit their TV intake. When it comes to reality shows, only 6 percent of the wealthy watch them, compared with 78 percent of the non-wealthy. Wealthy people choose more productive and meaningful activities.

[Productive means working on things related to achieving incremental goals, leading to the support of major accomplishments.]

7. Treat time as a precious resource. Wealthy people avoid wasting time on unimportant matters or distractions. They don’t sit for hours at their computer on social media, because they know that time is a nonrenewable resource. Time wasted is not time you can get back.

[Choose to make useful decisions.  Choose to determine what helps, and what hurts your future success.  Useless social interactions wastes valuable resources; your time and attention.]

8. Take intentional risks. Wealthy people understand that risks lead to rewards. As a result, they’re more willing to take risks–not reckless risks but calculated ones. The very successful know what they stand to lose if a risk fails and they don’t get the reward they are seeking. Most have a plan B in place to minimize the failure, and move forward with a new plan. If the current risk doesn’t go your way, there’s always another solution.

[“Common Sense” is group based learning & sharing of social, emotional, and logical skills, used to identify and fill gaps, to usefully contribute in achieving group goals; resulting in consistently earning and sharing trust, and related shared respect.]

9. Work smarter, not harder. A smart approach to work, including taking breaks, makes people more productive. Hard work is critical, but that doesn’t mean they can never enjoy personal time for relaxation and self-improvement. They have a good balance of work, personal tasks, and pleasure so they can be more creative and more productive–which, in turn, makes them more effective. Work hard, and then take a break. When you come back, you’ll be refreshed and more productive.

[What you learn today, takes about 3 nights of sleep to integrate with everything you knew previously.  Your mind is more active at night than during the day.  Having the nutrients for brain building is important for useful sleep and related learning.]

10. Invest in your health. Wealthy people understand the importance of eating right and working out to stay healthy. Studies show that 76 percent of wealthy folks do aerobic exercise at least four days a week, compared with 23 percent of people who are not wealthy; 57 percent of wealthy people count calories every day, as opposed to 5 percent of the nonwealthy. Even more interesting, 70 percent of rich people eat fewer than 300 calories of junk food a day. Wealthy and successful people know the correlation between healthful eating and working out and their ability to accomplish the things they want to do.

[Brain building is complex, but dominant factors are Protein, B-complex vitamins, natural calcium (broccoli, but not milk (contributes to obesity).  Protein and fats in one meal, Carbs with Fruits and vegetables in separate meals.  Fat with Carbs immediately is absorbed by the body as fat.  Fat without carbs largely passes through the body without being absorbed.]

11. Foster your emotional intelligence. Wealthy people know that having good relationships is crucial to success. They are tuned in to their own emotions, which also means they’re perceptive at reading the emotions of others. Warren Buffett has stated that emotional intelligence, more than IQ or expertise, accounts for 85 to 90 percent of success. IQ is a threshold competence–you need it, but it does not make you a star. But emotional intelligence can.

[People from different cultures and even different urban areas, can make emotional intelligence difficult.  Mannerisms and gestures in one culture, can be confused with a different meaning in other cultures.  Working together on a common project with advanced skills of emotional intelligence, provides a means to transcend cultural differences.  Allowing for productive gains exceeding the gains made by individuals.]

12. Pay it forward. To be truly wealthy, you need to understand the importance of paying it forward.  As Albert Einstein said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” What you have, you share. Help someone, because along the way someone helped you. And the truth is, life is always about giving what you get.

[None of us can build a state of the art computer by ourselves, even if it is our single focus throughout our life; it took thousands of people’s career lifetimes together.  Many lifetimes.  Common Sense allows us as individuals to develop, evolve, and contribute to greater accomplishments than we alone can achieve.]

The Foundations of Common Sense.