book smart vs street smart
I heard a quote on the radio today that made me pause so I thought I would ask the question here.
"There is street smart and book smart and when someone says someone is book smart what they are saying is that they are not really very smart."
Now I am fully aware that someone who is book smart can have all the proper theoretical knowledge in the world about a particular topic or career. The problem comes in when that person with little, or no, actual field experience has to try to actually perform or lead others in the performance of tasks they have little street experience doing.
When I was a much younger man I worked in a cheese factory (imagine that, living in Wisconsin and all). They hired a guy right out of tech school with a food service degree to be the assistant plant manager. He had NO experience actually working in a cheese factory. He would come out and watch us and have us teach him a part of the job one day and the next he was out telling us we were wrong and do it this way. Well, under his and the new plant manager's amazing leadership we went from winning Blue Ribbons every year to not even placing. I had been gone a few years and this same management drove that plant right into the ground and out of business.
I see corrolaries to the book smart graduates we see becoming leaders today in the fire service.
Please discuss...I am not interested in ****ing matches, just opinions and ideas on whether I am even close in my thoughts.
Street Smart over Book Smart
I would say that I have a fair bit of "book smarts" but I would trade my book smarts for street smarts in a second! The most important lesson that someone with book smarts can learn is that they still have much more to learn and that is "streets smarts!" I think that a person with street smarts is more useful in day to day operations but a book smart person willing to learn from someone with street smarts and integrate both can be a world beater.