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Book Smart vs. Street Smart

Ask yourself this question: am I smart?  Did you answer yes?  It’s okay if you didn’t.  Surprisingly, many people will actually say no.  Without something to compare your smartness to, it’s kind of hard to judge right?.  If you did say yes, how smart do you think you are?  How did you learn to be smart?  What kind of smart are you?  That last question is what I’m going to be talking about today: book smarts vs. street smarts.

Book Smart

According to the Urban Dictionary, having book smarts is the ability to succeed scholastically, but not necessarily in the real world.  Book smart people are usually great at reading a chapter out of a textbook and passing a multiple choice test.  Unfortunately, when placed in a real life situation, they forget everything they read and fail.

Street Smart

Again, according to the Urban Dictionary, a street smart person is one who has a lot of common sense and knows what’s going on in the world.  The stereotype of a street smart person is someone who is intelligent and knows how to handle important situations in the real world, but is not as well-educated academically.

So for those of you who answered no to the very first question in this post, help yourself decide if you are a book smart kind of person or a street smart kind of person.  If you think you’re a book smart person, you may want to consider trying to be more street smart (common sense).  See what you can learn from just paying attention to what’s going on in the world.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that book smarts are bad though.  You want to have a little of both.  If you think you’re more street smart, maybe you should consider going back to school.  Remember, you want to be well educated, but you also want to be able to translate that education into real world success, because life isn’t full of Scantron tests.

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Urban Dictionary: book smart

Urban Dictionary: street smart

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