Reading his essay collection of ten years “MINDFIRE” I’ve been mostly amused by Scott Berkun’s chapter “BOOK SMARTS VS STREET SMARTS” – he writes there for example: “To be street smart means you have situational awareness… Street smarts means you put yourself at risk and survived.” Yes, Scott seems to be both: able to sit and read patiently focused on books and paper only – and on the other hand filled up with enough testosterone and energy, passion and courage, to change the life outside on the streets or inside the complex and often hidden hierarchy of bureau-teams. If you want to be successful supporting your own creativity and the power of a team as well, step by step like an engineer without fear to make a failure: then you need both attitudes: enjoying solitude to think it over and the humor and self-reliance to choose the battles you want to win. A book like a fresh wind.
I tried to illustrate the topic STREET SMARTS metaphorically with two portraits of cats, making their daily cool patrol through the streets …
STREET SMART (1):
title=”A spasso per Villanova (Strolling around Villanova)” – photo by Gufoblu = Sergio Pani, kindly sent to my group BLOG IT! – click on the picture to enter his galleries on Flickr.com
P.S.: I read, like Scott Berkun, Montaigne and Voltaire, Russell and Emerson, Socrates or Csikszentmihalyi, and many more – and I wrote a book (in German) about the perseverance of the philosophers (I still like Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, Kierkegaard or Adorno); so (psychology and philosophy in my mind) I enjoyed the book very much
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STREET SMART (2):
title=”Horace & Mongo” – photo by Jimmy Legs, kindly sent to my group BLOG IT! – click on the picture to enter his galleries on Flickr.com