Book Smart vs street smart? Who you got?
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If you had to pick and choose between being book smart or street smart, which one would you choose?
Pretty interesting question right? Is one better than the other?
in today's episode I want to give you my opinion on both sides and then reveal the one I would go for if I were to start from scratch today
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I want to talk to you about, you know, one of the common mistakes that some people make.
So the thing is this. So there are some really smart people out there, OK? I know some people who are really, really smart. It’s kind of like a vague concept. Some people say, oh, you're smart and you're not. But well, the intelligence of being smart is very subjective.
But I'm talking about the book smarts. You know, these people who know all the facts and all the tests and all that kind of stuff, and all the theory about everything. And the main problem is this is not a theory, OK?
And some people, like all the intellectuals, have ideas and stuff. You know, a lot of them are paid to formulate theories. OK, then, you know, at some point they will have to validate them or something.
But there are some people whose main occupation is to formulate those theories. And well, in our field, it's a problem because you're dealing with people, OK, and the theories of what people would do, how that will work and stuff, it's very, very hard to predict because, you know, people are unpredictable.
They will spend a lot of time thinking in their head about this concept, about this, about that, and always digging deeper and deeper and not necessarily acting. I have a natural tendency of doing this.
I have a buddy of mine who told me that because we were working on the project together. He told me, dude you like your theory, you’re like a detail oriented person and man, I’m the complete opposite of this. For him I look like, you know, someone who wants to check all the boxes and stuff, which, you know, on that project, I am trying to foresee stuff that's going to happen later.
And this is my natural tendency to do those kinds of things. But, you know, I've gotten a lot better at this over the years.
Book Smart vs street smart? Who you got?
So basically what I'm saying, all the intellectuals and blah, blah, blah spend a lot of time thinking and formulating, you know, theories and stuff, you know, when I design a process without having tested the thing. Yet it's a theory. OK, so that's my natural tendency.
So the problem, again, as I said, is that in this field we have to deal with people. You have to deal with humans. There are some fields where being like intellectually book smart oriented will actually be beneficial for you, but this is not one of them.
You know, I told you, my buddy, to me, the guy was crazy. He was like, let's go for it and we'll see afterwards. I'm like, what? No, I mean, hell no. Because it's just not in my bones, not in my genes, you know?
OK, and so my point is that very often in this field here, the people who make it can look like a complete idiot, when I think I'm so smart and I didn't make it. Well, the difference is that this person, they just went for it, OK? They didn't have a plan with everything mapped out and stuff. They just went for it. OK, like my buddy, he goes for it.
So I'm not saying that everything he does is successful, just like anything. You know, he will fail at a lot of things, but he will fail fast. Whereas if you spent too much time planning and blah, blah, blah, you will fail, but you will fail very, very slowly.
And it doesn't give you all the actionable data that you can use to find out what works, you know. So, you know, very often, I mean, you see some of these guys and you’re like, man, this guy looks like a complete idiot man, but they just go for it.