Why You Need to Be Street Smart, Not Book Smart

You need to know the ‘how,’ not just the ‘what’ and the ‘why’

Stephen Moore
4 min readJan 30, 2018
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As Scott Berkun so succinctly put it: “There is no doubt in my mind street smarts kicks book smarts’ ass.”

I could stop writing now, to be honest.

That is as clear an answer as can be.

Alas, three sentences don’t count as a blog post, so let’s add some insight to the opening statement.

First off, let’s debunk a theory.

Being street smart doesn’t mean you are ‘uneducated’ or ‘unintelligent.

That is a completely false assertion.

I did relatively well at school and have a university degree. But I would definitely brand myself as streetwise, as would many others.

So What Is It to Be Street Smart?

Being street smart means you have a good environmental or situational understanding. You know what’s going on around you.

More importantly, you can see what’s happening around you.

You are able to make judgments on the scenario, the place, and people around you, and you are able to…



Stephen Moore

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