Where’s Your Head At?

Critical thinking is more scarce than common sense in a sea of opinions

Fabe Mitchell
3 min readMar 1, 2024

“I swear I don’t like you,” my biz my partner, Donte, said with his million-dollar smile.

“What you mean? Why you saying that?”

“Because man…I guess iron sharpens iron.”

He said this because I was pressing him for an answer to something that I had asked him to think about weeks ago.

…his answer after I brought up the topic again told me he hadn’t thought about it.

Which brings me to the message today.

And no, this message isn’t talking bad about my partner. The message is an example of how humans are.

We all must address this if we want any business success now or in the future.

Here’s what it all boils down to:

People don’t like to think. And because they don’t like to think they don’t think for themselves and are just reacting to life. In the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey notes that one of the habits of successful people is being proactive. Doing that alone can put you leaps and bounds ahead of your competition and make your business forefront of the marketplace. Proactivity is something I practice daily. That’s why my content is generally scheduled out a month in advance, except for the emails. I do these either the day of or the previous day. (Like I wrote this email Saturday morning, so I could focus some other stuff today on the content front.)

Anyway, to stay true to the original message beyond proactivity, you have to be willing to think for yourself- way beyond what I say or any other social media villain says online.

People say common sense isn’t so common…well–critical thinking is more scarce than common sense in a sea of opinions.

I don’t fully know why this is the case, but if I had to guess, which is a fun exercise anyway, it is because thinking for yourself requires you to just…be…with…yourself.

Which can be scary as hell for some people at times. Shining a light on what’s going on in the darkest corners of your mind can bring awareness to what we do our best to hide away.

Maybe that’s your reality, or it isn’t. I know it was mine for a time after the divorce.

Let me end it with this, though.

The best thing that could have happened to me was that I started challenging my own thinking, values, and beliefs. It opened doors to my mind that I hadn’t thought possible before.

Critical thinking allows you to see opportunities that once didn’t seem feasible. Like the speaking engagement booked on a cruise this June. I set an intention this year to get more into public speaking, and it already happened within the first quarter of the year.

Now, think about what may be possible for you if you just think a little harder about yourself and what you actually desire.



Fabe Mitchell

Write about marketing, business, & self improvement alongside your 9-5. www.fabemitchell.com