Choosing between book smarts or street smarts seems like a false dilemma to me. The question assumes you can’t be both, and in my experience I’ve found that to be untrue. For the sake of argument, though, if the question truly is binary and you can only pick A or B, and not both, then the answer is unquestionably street smarts. When given the option, however, the holy grail is that somewhat rare individual who is both. Cultured and cagey. Refined and resilient. School of Economics undergrad. School of Hard Work advanced degree.