Street smart survival skills:
It is a given that if a person were stranded or lost in the wilderness, he or she would need some skill and luck to survive. People who don’t have the necessary skill set rapidly succumb to hypothermia and die if they’re not rescued quickly.
Chances are that you and I won’t be in that situation any time soon, but we all face a challenge maybe not as dramatic but just as unforgiving.
We might be just graduated with a diploma in hand…Ready to go out in the real world.
Mostly we’re woefully unprepared.
But we’re so dumb we think we’re smart.
Oh, we’ve had lots and lots of knowledge pounded into our head by years of formal schooling. We’re loaded with hard skills. Maybe we are engineers or accountants or welders or mechanics. Hard skills hard won…
But we are poorly equipped with the so called Soft Skills. Skills like the ability to listen well or the ability to network effectively. We’re poor organizers or we can’t sell ourselves. Or we don’t have the deliberate habit of lifelong learning.
Soft Skills are the behavior skills. They are the survival skills necessary to flourish in our society. They are the Street Skills we have to possess and practice in order to take advantage of the luck or opportunity that will surely come our way. They are also the skills necessary to keep us afloat when bad luck will just as surely come our way.
Survive in the wilderness probably not, but drop me into any major city and I’ll be working in a few days. I’ll have a new career in a few months. I’ll have a new life in a year. That’s Street Smart.