I’m a street guy.
Plain and simple.
I’ve been a hard rock miner, a five and dime store manager, a successful salesman, a sales trainer, a trade show producer, a boilermaker, a sales and marketing consultant and a soybean oil commodity risk manager.
I am a relentless, compulsive autodidact. Formal schooling didn’t work too much for me but the lash and slings of fortune are effective teachers. I like the quote from Pete Segar on education and experience: “Education is when you read the fine print experience is what you get when you don’t”.
The best lessons come when experience points out the need for a new way of thinking…The teachable moment.
The Urban Dictionary has an interesting definition of Street Smart:
“A person who has alot of common sense and knows what’s going on in the world. This person knows what every type of person has to deal with daily and understands all groups of people and how to act around them. This person also knows all the current shit going on in the streets and the ghetto and everywhere else and knows how to make his own right decisions knows how to deal with different situations and has his own independent state of mind. A street smart person isn’t stubborn and actually listens to shit and understands shit.”
You send guys like me when you need a problem solved or a difficult customer taken care of. We’re the feet on the street to introduce a new product or service. And, if you’re getting ready to formulate a new policy or market a new product line, and if you’re smart ….you listen to us. We’re often wrong, but we’re not nearly as infected by group-think as the staffers up in corporate are.
I’m a street guy…
– Peter Young