The Pros and Cons of This Week’s Prompt #socs

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So, today we’re to discuss the pros and cons of anything. So, I’m going to do the pros and cons of doing a pros and cons post. Hey, Linda said we could do the pros and cons of anything…

PROS

  • A pros and cons post is a great way to evaluate the strong and weak points of anything. It was the kind of analysis I presented my mother with when I chose to live in the dorm at Loyola. Of course, by then it was a fait accompli: I would be staying in the dorm because they needed my room for my great-aunt Cash, who would be watching my then-infant brother. My room then became Cash’s room, and I slept on the sofa when I was home. Kind of a wasted effort.

  • It might point out things you hadn’t thought about. But there are better ways to do that. The best way is to ask someone whose judgment you trust. In my case, it’s Mary, who will hear me out, then either tell me that it’s up to me or will have a hundred reasons why what I’m proposing is the stupidest thing she’s ever heard. Well, I had to ask… Maybe it’s my approach. I start most of these sessions with something like “This might sound crazy…” at which she tells me “Yes, it’s crazy.”

  • It’s one way to “prove” you did your “due diligence.” If you can hand someone a piece of paper with pros in one column and cons in the other, or if you can sit and look at the columns yourself, you can feel confident that you considered both, even though you probably figured out what you wnted to do long before.

CONS

  • By the time it gets to the doing-a-pros-and-cons-list stage, you’ve already made up your mind one way or the other. It serves as a way to confirm what you already think. It was like the time I did a pros and cons list about which was the better Chicago baseball team. I was (and still am) a White Sox fan. Guess who came out the better team?

  • You’re doing the job of at least one other person, because you have to come up with both viewpoints, and sometimes it’s hard to figure out what those viewpoints are.

  • Some people get stuck in analysis mode. Witness the episode of The Big Bang Theory where Sheldon drove himself and everyone else crazy trying to decide whether he wanted the XBox 1 or the XBox 360. If his then fiancee Amy Farrah Fowler, who stood with him for four hours in the store, had simply said “Buy them both and let’s get out of here, dumbass,” which is what Mary would have done, life would have been so much simpler.

Cons wins. But you know I was going to say that anyway…


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32 thoughts on “The Pros and Cons of This Week’s Prompt #socs

  1. I often tell my clients to write down the pros and cons of each option and take it from there. I will weigh things when needed but sometimes you just have to take that leap. That commercial was funny but I will never eat haggis

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    1. I’ve heard that it tastes much better than it sounds like it would (“ground up organ meats and oatmeal stuffed into the stomach of a goat and cooked for hours”). The Scots like it, anyway…

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        1. The daughter of one of our old friends has it. I’ve never met her, but evidently he’s had his hands full. He and the girl’s mother have been divorced for years, and he’s been raising her on his own.

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  2. Great twist on the prompt, John. I was never much of a pro/con list maker decision weigher. I trust my gut which has (with a few exceptions) served me well.

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      1. Yes, the more experience I got behind me, the easier the decisions became. My entire career was insurance and I was a commercial multi-line underwriter from 2009 to 2013 when I retired. It’s good to meet you!

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  3. Back in 1991 I was presented with the owner of the company that I’d worked for over a decade a choice between taking a management position either in Los Angeles or Chicago. My inclination was L.A. but my wife and I compiled a pro and con list regarding the two. Didn’t seem like that big of a surprise at what we decided at the time and still it’s probably the best outcome, but Chicago would have put me closer to family and all. But those winters! What a con that is!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. The winters can definitely get quite nasty. I’m glad to be away from there, the weather being one of the reasons. After seeing and hearing about what’s been going on there, I’m glad I’m out of it.

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  4. Wow, I was going to do something like this, then fell asleep. I decided to read first this morning before writing, and I find your great post. What’s striking especially is when you say that by the time you get to the point of doing pro/con, you’ve already made up your mind. Yes yes yes! I was going to say that exactly 😀

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