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Be Street Smart Every Day

Because street smarts are so important to every part of your life, here is a quick review of the major elements that go into street smarts. Print this list out and keep it with you, for a regular reminder to be street smart every day.

I. Heightened Awareness

A. Trust your intuition
B. Develop perceptiveness and ability to anticipate
C. Size up people quickly and accurately
D. See the big picture

II. Confidence

A. Fake it till you make it
B. Use chutzpa when necessary
C. Believe in yourself - Be confident

III. Healthy Skepticism

A. Don't believe everything you see and hear
B. Be hard to take advantage of
C. Use your "mental categories" and generalizations to keep you on guard
D. Give people the time and rope to either hang themselves or prove their integrity/sincerity

IV. Resourcefulness

A. Think quickly on your feet
B. Be persistent
C. Be prepared
D. Be flexible
E. Change your surroundings or adapt
F. Surround yourself with experts & contacts

V. Risk-taking

A. Be willing to take risks
B. Minimize the possible down side
C. Cut your losses and get out if you're wrong
D. Learn by your mistakes

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Use street smarts to avoid danger - no cell phones while driving!

Street Smarts have long been valued by individuals in their daily lives, but the concept is also being embraced by organizations and cities around the world as a way to help people keep themselves safe and healthy.

Many cities, for instance, have implemented Street Smart programs for drivers and bikers to help them learn to avoid dangerous and costly accidents and collisions and reduce growing rates of road rage.

Other cities, such as NYC and Washington, D.C. have created programs to help citizens and tourists alike avoid dangerous situations, simply by learning and implementing a few easy tips, such as staying in well-lit areas at night.

Other cities have gone further by implementing street smarts to specific programs. Boston, for instance, incorporated a Street Smarts Initiative into its program to prevent youth violence. Several organizations and city departments work together to decrease rates of youth violence, implementing conflict resolution training and gun buyback programs, among others. The San Francisco AIDS Foundation used street smarts as a key idea in an ad campaign to reduce HIV infection rates, by urging citizens to use common sense in their activities to avoid transmission of the virus.