true.. i agree fully with the idea that streetwise ppl tend to be more successful in their career. By successful, I mean monetary rewards.
So, it follows that the definition of successful here can be quite subjective.
An academic may define success from a totally different perspective. To him/her, success is derived from intellectual accomplishments, which does not necessarily translate to financial gains.
I believe each and every one person have their own definition of success. As such, it is possible to say that the streetwise and the bookish person will be equally successful, but in their own ways!
Practically, I think streetwise is more of a 'survival' trait. It gives the person the 'skills' and ability to 'rough it out' in the real world. Hence, if there's a toss-up between being streetwise and being bookish, I'll put my money on the streetwise person being able to survive better in life.
Nevertheless, it doesn't hurt to be a little bit bookish as well. In fact, I feel that the best combination is be both bookish, and yet streetwise at the same time! That will endow you with the 'survival trait' and the intellectual edge over others.
Personally, I think i'm more towards being the streetwise person
I'm trying to get more bookish these days!
(no choice... uni life demands that! hahahaha...)