“Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life”.

Henri Frederic Amiel

Common sense! How can two simple words be so complicated? I assure you, they are.


Trust instincts: The basic common sense is to trust your instinct and rely on your guts. It will save you from unwanted situations and unreliable people.

Do not take any one on their face value: a person always plays multiple roles in his life. He is a son, a husband, a father, a relative, a friend, a colleague and a stranger to unknown people.  Sometimes, a stranger can do things, a son and a father might never do and hence, rely on your observation about someone and not on the good things you have heard about him. The moment that someone makes you to feel uneasy, leave the place at the first given opportunity or better, create your first opportunity to leave.

Look at what lies in front of you: Apply your experience, expertise and explore the options of making the most out of your situation. That’s the basic common sense.

Think on your feet and it shall solve more than half your problems Understand, feet accept and be friendly with all groups of people. You may never know when you may need the help of some one or any one. Courteous people always score with the others.

 Body language scores even better than the verbal language. Don’t shrug your shoulders, fold your hands in front of your body or show displeasure on your face on seeing someone you may not like.

Be knowledgeable and be a good conservationist. Be aware of the current affairs, economy, politics, share market and a bit of everything, so that you may be able to converse with anyone of any stature.

Good Listener: You should be a good listener. You see, we all want to be heard and no one is willing to listen. Listen to people and they will love you for this.


Q What is the difference between being street smart and having a common sense?

Street smartness is an unsophisticated type of common sense; rather common sense is the sophisticated form of street smartness.


Common sense surpasses educational qualifications and always comes in handy. Its more logical in nature.

Like Thomas A.Edison said,

The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense”.