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Street Smart: A Primer for the 21st Century

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NOTE - Our good friends Dr. Rock Positano and John Positano, authors of the fabulous book Dinner With DiMaggio have a new book out. This books is not about baseball, but I wanted to highlight it here as a way of support to them and because the book is a valuable one to read.

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Street Smart: A Primer for the 21st Century

by John Positano and Dr. Rock Positano

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Where do successful people come from? And how do they get there? The new century reveals that seizing luck, and being able to spot opportunities and use them to the best of your advantage, known as being Street Smart, can serve as great tools to become successful.


Growing up in Brooklyn, we were lucky enough to learn lessons that schools and universities don’t teach. As we got older, we realized that those lessons that we learned on our block gave us the advantages and skills that set us up to face the harsh realities that life throws at everyone. We recognized that keeping these Street Smart lessons close can be a decider between being triumphant and being defeated.


If there’s anything the last few years has shown the world, it’s that so many opportunities and instances where learning to be Street Smart have been taken away from a younger generation. So, we decided to write a “primer”, filled with lessons we learned and tools that have stood the test of time in an effort to enlighten today’s younger generation.


But who wants to hear just us speak about it for an entire book?


Which is why we asked successful “Street Scholars” how they pulled themselves up, primarily by using their honed knowledge and weave in common tactics used within the same philosophy that we also grew up by. We were privileged enough to speak to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Arianna Huffington, Michael Imperioli, Ken Burns, Governor Phil Murphy, and many other remarkable individuals who have made exceptional achievements in their fields.


The concept of “living by your wits” is remarkably realistic. Luck also has something to do with it, though. However, we believe that every single person is capable of making their own luck. And being Street Smart can make such luck profitable.


With Street Smart, the bottom line is this: growing up in the street is a whole other education in itself. And with successful people from all walks of life bestowing the intelligence they learned in their neighborhoods, it’s easy to see that being Street Smart is valuable, important, and too damn good to miss.


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