Poll: Would you rather be booksmart or have day-to-day skills?
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View poll results: Would you rather be booksmart or have day-to-day skills?
Booksmart
9 23%
Day-to-day intelligence
31 78%
Voters: 40.
#1
Okay, so I was thinking about this today at work (this is how I spend my time at work. And I get paid for it, too, so...awesome).

What would you rather have--the most brilliant mind when it comes to English and math and science (book-smart, doing well in all of the "school subjects"), yet be terrible in day-to-day intelligence (poor common sense, social skills, etc.), or have amazing day-to-day skills, yet be a failure when it comes intellectual thinking?

Honestly, both would have their pros and cons, so it's kind of a hard choice.

Discuss?
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#2
Well what's the point in being good in Maths and English when it wouldn't help you at all, unless it includes getting a job, but you couldn't get a job with poor social skills so i'd go with amazing day-to-day skills.
#3
I think 'day-to-day intelligence' would probably lead to a happier existence.
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#5
I'd prefer the day-to-day intelligence, however thankfully i was gifted with both!
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Well what's the point in being good in Maths and English when it wouldn't help you at all, unless it includes getting a job, but you couldn't get a job with poor social skills so i'd go with amazing day-to-day skills.


If you're "smart enough," though, then it wouldn't matter how awful your social skills are; some employers would want you simply because you're the best, so I don't think getting a job would be a real problem.
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#8
theres no point being smart an having like a great job if you got no friends and won't enjoy it, so day to day stuff is best

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#9
"Book smarts"

I can't imagine being happy without... thinking about things...

That may sound pretentious but, without putting more thought into things and really trying to be intelligent, you're missing out on so much of life. So much of everyday life.
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If you're "smart enough," though, then it wouldn't matter how awful your social skills are; some employers would want you simply because you're the best, so I don't think getting a job would be a real problem.

Well then there is a lot of contradictions in this.
#11
common sense. If a good college was interviewing a guy with a 4.0 GPA and he got confused and angry when they tried to shake his hand, they wouldn't accept him. Yet they might consider someone who did poorly in school but had incredible conversational skills and acted confident. I'd rather have common sense / day-to-day skills.
#13
Day-to-day intelligence. All you needs to do is take a good look at politicians (either party) to see that book smarts can be fairly useless. Most politicians are lawyers. Most have passed the Bar Exam. Most are "smart" and yet stupid, disconnected from reality, and power mad.

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"Book smarts"

I can't imagine being happy without... thinking about things...

That may sound pretentious but, without putting more thought into things and really trying to be intelligent, you're missing out on so much of life. So much of everyday life.

Mhmmm I agree thar

#17
Personally, I would be much happier with commen sense.
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