Book smart/ Street smart

United States
October 31, 2012 8:06pm CST
Some people have a lot of education and are very smart "book" wise, but when they have a simple problem, they have no idea how to solve it because they never learned it in some book. Now there are people who don't have a college education, but can do things that one would never think about doing. What do you consider yourself to be and do you know some one who has had a lot of education yet when solving a problem they make it complicated? What are your thoughts, my fellow mylotters?
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@GardenGerty (99413)
• United States
1 Nov 12
I have some of both tendencies. I can learn easily from books but many things I do instinctively or intuitively.That is how both of my kids are. They were labeled as gifted because of their intuitive abilities.
• United States
1 Nov 12
Most definitely agree with you, I have some of both qualites too! My husband only graduated from 8th grade, but he was tested for his I.Q. and he has been "labelled" a genius! So how did he get so smart not getting an education? Thanks for joining in this discussion!
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@GardenGerty (99413)
• United States
1 Nov 12
There are seven areas of giftedness. Or they may have identified more now. Genius people often do not do well in school, which does not allow creativity or intuition.
• United States
2 Nov 12
There's a fine line between genius and insanity!
@marguicha (94951)
• Chile
1 Nov 12
Both kinds of knowledge are very different and "street smart" is the kind of knowledge that you learn from experience. I have learned to be a little wiser with the years, but some people are born with that talent.
• United States
1 Nov 12
Oh, yes I agree with you, I'm getting more "street smarter"with age too. Maybe that's the major difference, is that "street smart" comes from experience! Thanks for joining in this discussion!
@marguicha (94951)
• Chile
1 Nov 12
I am glad that I have acquired some of it. I always had lots of the other, but there are moments it doesn´t serve to any purpose. Book knowledge does not give us wisdom necessarily.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
3 Nov 12
You just explained my sister in a sum up. My sister is very smart with the books, and education wise. But in life, I wonder how she manages and egts by. She cant handle simple things, or functions. She leaves the stove on, so unorganized but OCD with the routine, and cant budget or understand. Whereas I am the opposite of her, I do have an education but I will admit areas where I could work on. But I handle numerous jobs, and be on time also with doctors appointment, and all (my sister couldnt book 1 doctors appointment without needing my parents to help her). I will sit and think about a situation myself, or try and work it out may ask 1 or 2 people for advice.
• United States
4 Nov 12
Oh, I know what you mean, if I can't figure it out with my "street smarts" then I educate myself! Thanks for joining in on this discussion!
@AmbiePam (49113)
• United States
2 Nov 12
I'm more intellectually smart than street smart. I'd like to be more street smart. One thing I admire about my dad is that he is not just incredibly intelligent, but extremely street smart. I wish I had both of those. Because more often than not in this world, the street smart person comes out on top!
• United States
2 Nov 12
I tend to agree with you, usually the street smart person comes out on top! I think they have an advantage of adapting to their surroundings more easily than one who has "book smarts" because they've actually experienced it. Thanks for joining in this discussion!
@sjvenden27 (1850)
• United States
2 Nov 12
Being smart in both would be the best.. But there are only a few people that I know that are actually both; and successful at them too.. Book smart is good.. You futher your education; learn new ideas and learn how to blance a huge work load (school/work/family/etc).. Degrees open your job prospects; but not always.. Street smart you know where to go to do this.. Which neighborhoods to avoid, where to shop for this or that.. The best ways to get through a city without all of the unnessary traffic... How to deal with several types of people.. What to watch out for.. And many other specifics depending on the indivdual.. People are able to get by with just one or the other.. But a more rounded indivdual is more likely to succeed why? There are a lot of people out there one way or the other but to have both is unique; and sometimes that is exactly what someone is looking for.. One thing that a lot of people are lacking in my opinion is common sense.. If the sign says stop it doesnt mean go... vice versa (actually seen that the other day in a school zone)
• United States
2 Nov 12
Oh, I agree with you, where has the common sense department go? I think common sense also goes hand in hand with street smarts! Thanks for joining in this discussion!
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• Philippines
2 Nov 12
I don't consider myself to be a very "book smart". For me, balance is the key, because if you only excel to being a book smart and only have those theories that you read from the book as your weapon, then you will have a hard time dealing with the outside world or what we called "the streets", you should know what is happening outside your home, you should also have knowledge on what is currently going on to the world this may help you survive in our world. and there are a lot of things that you can learn by going out of the "streets". I hope i answered your question. Happy Mylotting!
• United States
2 Nov 12
Thanks for joining in on this discussion! Yes I also think there should be a balance of "book smarts" and "street smarts." One must have knowledge that can't be learned from books on surviving this crazy thing we call life!
• Pasay, Philippines
2 Nov 12
Book wise vs. Street wise. I would go for being street wise. Reasons are plain obvious, this world we're living in doesn't work with only for scholars and those who have scholastic merits earned. There are millionaires and billionaires out there who are college drop-outs. They're just plainly being practical and go with the best that are usually not mentioned in books. I; too, also consider myself as more of a "street person" or go for a "street wise" I go for things which I can do better and I know that I can excel without memorizing rocket science information. I know being a multi-tasker benefits me a lot in being a street wise person. Thanks and happy mylotting.
• United States
2 Nov 12
Totally agree with you! One doesn't have to be a rocket scientist to be living a successful life! Here's a theory (I just came up with) I think that people who have more Street smarts" are more loving and caring. Probably because they've been there, done that type of situation and are more understanding of others. Thanks for joining in on this discussion!
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
1 Nov 12
I am street smart. I know what you are talking about. My brother is just about a genus and he can't remember to put gas in his car...not only that but his wife says that he has lost more umbrella's then a few. He wouldn't know where to start doing half the things that I do...Just think in history though how many very successful people there are that never even finished high school!
• United States
2 Nov 12
Yes, I totally agree with you there have been many successful people throughout history that haven't even finished high school! That's why I feel it's like discrimination when the qualification of a job would be to have to have a diploma.. Thanks for joining in on this discussion!
@neuval (8)
1 Nov 12
I consider myself to be street smart more but still book smart at the same time. Really quick learner as well. You can show me how to do anything jusy once and i will certainly catch on
• United States
2 Nov 12
There should be some kind of balance of these two types of education for one to be totally successful. Thanks for joining in on this discussion!
@jjpotter (44)
• Philippines
1 Nov 12
We all have read success stories of people who have failed in school or those with no college degree. There's Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Walt Disney, and many more. So I guess, sometimes being 'book' smart would give you an edge but it wouldn't be enough.
• United States
2 Nov 12
I think when a child gets bored with school, it's not always that they have ADHD, but it's because they are smarter than what is being taught. So maybe then they turn to experimenting with getting educated on the streets. Thanks for joining in on this discussion!
• United States
1 Nov 12
I am reading a few books and can't for the life of me get it down enough to take the exam in dec. I am very street smart as well. I can handle myself in so many situations.
• United States
1 Nov 12
You'll do fine on your exam in December! I think maybe there are decisions that we have to make that we can only figure out by using our heart instead of our brain? Thanks for joining in on the discussion!
• China
1 Nov 12
This is a good discussion.In China,there are so many super achiever only have little education,but they are much more sagacious, they can do something on the top .But this kind of winners are in the minority. In the other hand,most of people have good education have a better living standard now,though they don't have the great achievement but they can satisfy with their better life.So here's my vote for somenone who have good education,good quality and live in peace is my choice.Can you agree with me?
• United States
1 Nov 12
Oh, I totally agree with you that an education is very important, but does that make one with an education than some one doesn't? Thanks for joining in this discussion!
@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
13 Jan 13
tee heee I got to admit I am one of these book smart people as you call them. I am born premature and have lousy fine motorics. Got to live with this so I have a profession on the book smart side. my husband is street smart so every one does the chores he or she can do best.