November 4th is Use Your Common Sense Day, a day that “celebrates common sense in business and in life.” This no-nonsense holiday is observed each year on the birth anniversary of Will Rogers, who was quoted as saying “common sense ain’t all that common.” Bud Bilanich, an internationally recognized speaker, succhess coach, and author created Use Your Common Sense Day because he was concerned that he “often finds a lack of common sense — in life and in work.” His books, articles, blogs, and radio and television appearances focus on giving individuals the common sense career and life advice “that way too many people ignore” on the path to creating the lives they want and deserve.
I like to think I have a decent amount of common sense. I don’t text and drive, I always wear my seatbelt, I write my work emails in a professional manner, and never put small children in the dryer before I start it. I mean, don’t we all have a good amount of common sense? I’m afraid that those of us lacking it might not be long for this earth…”survival of the fittest” and all that. But there is one area where I’ve always second-guessed my initial instincts: my career. Before my latest promotion I managed four employees and I often found myself confused over how to handle conflict in my department. Luckily, I have had the pleasure of working with a couple of experienced women who were mentors to me (whether they new it or not!) and helped me develop some common sense for dealing with business relationships.
To celebrate Use Your Common Sense Day I kept my eyes open, hoping to find some inane product labels. I was hoping to spot a good one, like Bud Bilanich’s examples of a spray deodorant that says “do not spray in eyes” or a toiled bowl cleaner that’s marked “not for oral use”, but unfortunately the best warning I found was on my hair dryer: “do not use in shower”. When I was done having my fun I decided to focus on the career advancement aspect of this “unofficial” and I downloaded Bilanich’s free book, Success Tweets: 140 Bits of Common Sense Career Success Advice All in 140 Characters or Less. I read each of the tweets, looking for some inspiration that might help me determine what I want from my future. As I mentioned in our past for Evaluate Your Life Day, I really like my job but I don’t feel passionate about it.