Street smarts vs academic training. The educated do not have the market cornered on intelligence. Their strength lies more in perseverance. They have found a way to pay for, attend, and finish education despite many live happenings. However, some academics have difficulty tying their shoes as they have dove head first into academia and left the real world behind. An individual who has learned how to think cares about the world around them and tries to make it better for us all that in my book is intelligence.