15 Street Smarts Skills We All Need

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Maybe it’s just me, but there’s a chance that at some point you’ve been shocked at the thinking and reasoning skills (or lack thereof) of some of our youth today. It’s become almost unbearably obvious that just because you have a college degree, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re a smart person. Yes, having book smarts is important, but executing those “smarts” by putting them into practice is even more so. Check out these street smart skills we all need. 

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Street Smarts Skills We All Need 

That’s where street smarts come in. Street smarts mean taking that information and using it in a practical way, and also being more aware of what’s going on around us. Here are 15 street smarts that we all need to have.  

1. Knowing Directions and Closeby Markers

Have you ever been in an accident and had no idea where you were and had a difficult time alerting dispatch of your location? Lots of people are terrible with directions and don’t even have the slightest notion of which way is North. It’s not a good idea to jump behind the wheel or head out in a big city without recognizing surrounding markers or locations, or even what direction you may be heading for that matter. Keep a flashlight in your Everyday Carry Bag-What You Need or in your purse.

2. More Conscious of the Darker Side of Humanity

We’d like to think that all people are genuinely good, but let’s not fool ourselves. There are people who want to hurt and take advantage of us. I’m not telling you to sit at home and read about the sick and twisted things that people do, but you need to be aware that those kinds of people are out there and are looking for easy targets. 

3. Avoid Cyber Incidents

People are far too trusting about giving out their information or location to complete strangers on the internet. Don’t be one of them, and be more cautious about what you share. 

4. Drink Responsibly

When you decide to go out and have a drink, make sure that you do it with a number of friends, and have a designated driver. At the least, make the decision to stay where you are. Too many lives are destroyed because someone chose not to be responsible.  

5. More Knowledgeable When Making a Purchase

Have you ever made an unwise purchase because you didn’t do the research? Instead of getting ripped off as a consumer, spend more time getting to know that product and comparing it to other similar products. 

6. Use all 5 Senses

The majority of us were given 5 senses to experience the world around us, so it’s important that we remember to use all of them. Those senses can alert us to danger, along with helping us remember the things that we like and dislike. 

7. Avoid Looking Lost

Even if you don’t know where you are in a sketchy part of a big city, the worst thing you could do is have the look of being lost written all over your face. Another smart thing to consider is not traveling these areas alone. This makes you an easier target. 

8. Be Aware of Your Belongings

When you’re in a big city it becomes even more important to be aware of your belongings. Don’t carry a lot of cash and avoid wearing a backpack or purse that could easily be pickpocketed. 

9. Don’t Put Yourself in a Dangerous Situation

Partying late at night and then walking alone by yourself, or going home with a stranger is flirting with sure danger. Especially if you’ve had too much to drink. Don’t put yourself in dangerous situations like these. Stay where you are and call a friend or parent to come and get you.   

10. Survival Skills

Could you survive on your own if a disaster were to strike? Here are just a few of the basic survival skills everyone needs to know. 

11. Better Communication Skills

Instead of always needing to be heard and getting the final word in, it’s vital that we stop and listen to other’s viewpoints as well. Stop and listen.  

12. Pay Attention to Detail

You never know when paying closer attention to detail will come in handy. When a situation arises, like a hit and run car accident or burglary, being able to identify a car model or what the suspect looked like becomes extremely important. 

13. Look Up From Your Phone

15 Street Smarts Skills We All Need

There’s so much that can be missed when we have our faces in our phones all the time. Especially when we’re out in public. Warning signs can be missed that could alert us to danger even before it happens. We miss out on relationships too. So keep your eyes looking ahead instead of down at a screen all the time. 

14. Looking at the Whole Picture

Let’s face it, most of us go through life with tunnel vision goggles on and bring only our own worldviews to most everyday situations. Even though our motives may be pure, there are times where they may be misguided. 

So it’s no wonder that it may take a lot more practice from the majority of us at taking a step back and looking at the whole picture and not necessarily at what we think is the right answer all the time. (This is painful to do, I know.) Doing so can save us from a lot of arguments and creating estranged relationships from our closest friends and family.  

15. Trusting Your Instincts 

Even more than we may realize, our brains take in a ton of information about what’s going on in the world around us. Instead of brushing off that information as mere coincidence or not important, practice paying closer attention to the data our brains have collected. More times than not, your instincts will lead us to the correct decision. Now, this is one of those street smarts we all need! 

Final Word

These are 15 practical street smarts that everyone should know. They will help you to make wiser decisions and help you be more observant about what’s going on around you. What are some other street smart skills we all need that you’d add to this list? Please be safe, we must be careful and aware of our surroundings. May God bless this world, Linda

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14 thoughts on “15 Street Smarts Skills We All Need

  • July 10, 2020 at 9:39 am
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    There is ZERO reason to be out drinking right now and many not too. Between the virus, crime and idiots you need your senses about you and to be armed IF you must be out.
    If its that important to you to have social and drinking host a party at home. I promise you wont be sorry in the long run.
    I know it will fall on deaf ears for the most part but……

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    • July 10, 2020 at 9:58 am
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      Hi Matt, I totally agree. It’s crazy how many people are going out right now. I had to tell my granddaughter she couldn’t come with 3 friends (she’s 16 years old) and lives about 4 hours away. She wanted to come for about 4 days to visit, go hiking, shopping, and swimming, etc. I turned 70 this year and I can’t risk it having visitors. Mark just turned 74 and goes to church, golfs (outside is a bit safer, except for the golf carts), and goes to a civic club restaurant once a week. It drives me crazy, I keep telling him you are bringing home possible germs. Deaf ears are so right! Great comment, Linda

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  • July 10, 2020 at 10:29 am
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    Keeping your wits about you! I make it a practice to not use my phone when I am out and about – even in areas that I am relatively comfortable in. We need to be aware all the time. I always make sure to park in an area that is well lit – say at the mall or other large stores. I also make sure to mentally memorize where I have parked. This allows me to “not look lost”! There are times that it is not possible to park in a well lit area – those are the times I decide it isn’t worth it to me to go to that store at that time! I also try not to go out after dark if it is at all possible. I have made it a habit to keep my head turning as well – looking around me and making eye contact with people. This allows me to know what is going on around me.

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    • July 10, 2020 at 1:36 pm
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      Hi Leanne, love your comment, now if we can teach others to do the same. Linda

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  • July 10, 2020 at 12:42 pm
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    I try to always park with my vehicle facing so I can pull directly out as opposed to trying to back out.

    I look at the entrance I will be going to, then count the rows of parked vehicles. When I come from the store, for example, I know I am 3 full rows to the right of that entrance, halfway down on the A or B side row.

    A long, long time ago I was one of the few wives capable of walking alone from the base at Subic Bay out into the markets or V Liner depot on the other side of Olongapo in the Philippines. (I worked in the elementary school at Subic, but we lived in San Miguel, and the military bus only ran 3 or 4 times a day between the two bases. ) I walked with purpose, paid attention to my surroundings, had my money readily available to pay for the jitney or V Liner bus instead of fumbling in a purse or flashing a wallet. Those lessons are still valid today, no matter where I travel, work or shop.

    I have to admit, I am very aggravated by people who are so busy with their cell phones that they weave all over the road while driving. I have a 25 mile trip to work, church and major shopping venues. Between the ongoing road construction on all the main roads in my area and the many distracted drivers busy with their cell phones…. it seems like there are many unnecessary close calls.

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    • July 10, 2020 at 1:40 pm
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      Hi BDN, oh I get so mad when I see a driver texting, yes texting on the freeway! What the heck!!! And some are slumped next to the door talking on their phone, good grief, no call or text is that important. We have to be smart when walking, driving, and going in and out of the stores. Great tip on parking! Linda

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  • July 10, 2020 at 1:42 pm
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    #13 especially–that and being zoned in on ear-buds. I see so many walkers, joggers, bike-riders who are totally unaware of what’s going on because they can’t hear what’s behind or beside them. It’s really no wonder there are so many attacks on joggers…

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    • July 10, 2020 at 3:49 pm
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      Hi Rhonda, I get concerned about that as well. I don’t have the best balance and I’m afraid they are going to run into me or me into them. LOL! I worry when my granddaughters go for runs, it’s not safe these days. It’s really sad. Linda

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  • July 10, 2020 at 4:07 pm
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    I enjoyed your article. Especially#13.It reminded me of a car accident that happened in Houston a few years ago. A semi truck developed engine trouble. The driver pulled over. He set out his safety markers. then he waited for his company mechanic. A car hit the back of his truck. A police man arrived moments later. He told the truck driver that the accident was not his fault. He then checked out the car. the driver was dead. He had been talking on his cell phone when he hit the truck.There were no skid marks on the road.THE CAR DRIVER WAS DISTRACTED BY HIS PHONE CALL. HE WAS POSSIBLY AVERAGING 55 MPH. WHEN THEY HIT THE TRUCK.

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    • July 10, 2020 at 4:33 pm
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      Hi Elbert, thank you for sharing your comment. People need to read this. What a terrible accident! No skid marks, so sad for the deceased persons family and the truck driver. Wow, just so sad. Linda

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  • July 18, 2020 at 2:48 am
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    I tell you, even as I use my computer to read news communicate with people, I sometimes hate electronics and our dependency on computers and cell phones. Sometimes they don’t work when we need them to and it’s extremely frustrating.

    I have a GPS device, but it failed to work for me and I’m not sure if it pooped out or is fixable, but my point is that I am glad that I grew up before cell phones and internet apps for everything because our old school ways and technology are perfect backups. A street map, a compass, and maybe a pair of binoculars will allow me to travel today as they have in the past.

    Familiarity with your location (town, city, state), hard copies of documents, music, speeches, etc., some cash money, a radio, supplies to write a letter, shopping for your own groceries and fast food, and having a note pad and a pen are all alternatives to going electronic and they still work without needing a signal.

    Sadly, many people have become dependent and used to information on demand by electronic devices.

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    • July 18, 2020 at 10:34 am
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      Hi Frank, by now you probably know me well enough that my biggest fear is HUGE power grid hit. Have you read Lights Out” by Ted Koppel. People worry about an EMP, our power grid (three feed the entire US) are so vulnerable and antiquated. We need maps, note pads, pencils, a pencil sharpener (or a good knife LOL), and for sure hard copies of everything. I have a set of binoculars by my back porch to watch the lizards and sometimes coyotes. But I can see the rabbits, birds, hawks, etc. Luckily we learned how to use a map. Someday we will have no signals, no power, but those of us who learned to live before electronics will survive. It will be hard but we can do it. Linda

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      • July 18, 2020 at 12:12 pm
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        I do have that book, but it’s one of several I just haven’t been able to get around to reading. I got it at Dollar Tree of all places, which I mentioned before. Now I’m going to make it the next book I read.

        In keeping with the theme here, I also have a few books from Goodwill; one on exercise and one on raising chickens and a few others. Whatever happens, I know it’s ideal to have learned everything before the SHTF, but at least I will have information I need and not depend on electricity.

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        • July 18, 2020 at 1:01 pm
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          Hi Frank, good job finding them at Goodwill! I love hearing this! Linda

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