The Common Sense Way

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Life is hard and disappointing, and it seems to be far from obvious how best to live our lives. Yet there is an answer and it lies in an undercurrent of common sense and wisdom that has been spoken and written about for thousands of years.

Your daily life is mostly dictated by automated ways of thinking and behaving that are holding you back from living a meaningful and satisfying life. That you allow this to continue is your choice, a choice you are continually remaking, whether you realize it or not. You can change your choices.

This book provides a common sense way of thinking about the world and of behaving in the world. Accepting the principles and following the guidance in this book won’t always lead to things going right: shit happens. But if you follow the guidance of The Common Sense Way then things will go right far more often than they otherwise would and your life will become meaningful and satisfying.

Contents:

The Universe Doesn’t Care

The Way Things Are

  • The nature of reality
  • The nature of other people
  • The nature of us
  • Choice

Sense of Purpose and Direction

  • Find a meaningful purpose and work towards specific goals
  • Put your humanity first
  • Don’t just drift along, get on and do

Right Attitude

  • Take responsibility for your life
  • Work hard
  • Do the best you can in the circumstances and deal with adversity
  • Accept minor inconveniencies
  • Appreciate your life
  • Believe that truth and doing the right thing matters
  • Accept you are not always right

Self Management

  • Manage your time and make best use of your discretionary time
  • Be organized
  • Pay attention to your health and well-being
  • Pay attention to your thoughts
  • Deal with your problems
  • Don’t just do, think, and then do

Developing Yourself

  • Seek to become better than you were
  • Take control of the moment
  • Develop your ability to focus and concentrate
  • Develop your self control
  • Develop good habits and eliminate bad habits
  • Learn to better counter cognitive biases and poor thinking
  • Make better decisions
  • Improve your problem solving skills
  • Learn about the influencing techniques to which we are all susceptible

Attitude and Behavior Towards Others

  • Accept the rights of others to think and behave differently
  • Think well of others and be positively disposed towards them
  • Care for those close to you
  • Don’t Be Too Concerned about How Others Think About You
  • Don’t let negative emotions dictate your words and actions
  • Seek to understand others
  • Learn to work well with others
  • Dealing with Difficult People

The Cognitive Biases we are all subject to

Poor Thinking and Fallacies

A poor understanding of Probabilities

Defense Mechanisms and Mindsets

What we Learn from History

The Dangers the World Faces

Worthwhile Purpose and Goals

Beliefs to live by

Stages of Realization