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  • Sep 23, 2011
There are thousands of self help books for sale on nearly every subject imaginable. Whether you want to learn how to do yoga, how to cook, or how to run a successful toilet paper business, there's a self help book out there for you. Unfortunately, many of these books are not actually that helpful. If they do manage to help out the reader, though, they probably tend to make him fall asleep with their monotonous writing style. Then there is "Street Smarts: Beyond the Diploma," a self help book which claims to be designed supposedly for anyone and everyone while focusing largely on recent college grads. While I don't think that this book is really going to be useful to everyone, I do think that it is a very well written book that gives many good tips on the world outside of college.

Let me clarify quickly whom this book is not for. "Street Smarts" is NOT for older, experienced adults that have already have a good grasp on life lessons. It's also not for kids or young teens, although this is pretty obvious. Older teens may find it useful, though, as will younger adults.

Now, onto the meat of what this book is: there are 125 page-length "lessons" included in this book ranging from subjects such as procrastination to the stock market. All of them are very fun to read as they are often injected with a bit of humor as well as entertaining stories. They also usually have a cute picture or quote to correspond with the lesson. Some of the lessons are going to be so extremely obvious to you, and you're going to wonder why on earth anyone would need help with this subject. Other lessons, however, are going to give you a helpful viewpoint on subjects that you've perhaps never thought of much before.

Because the lessons are so short, it's hard for them to become boring. However, on the flip side, it's also hard for them to get extremely in depth on a particular subject. This lack of depth causes some of the lessons to come across as vague and general, leaving the reader with just a few questions.

Despite this slight flaw, I'd still highly recommend this book to those who want some wisdom on necessary life aspects such communicating with the people around them and dealing with money. It may be a bit obvious at times, but it will never be boring; "Street Smarts" is the essence of what a successful self help book should be!

NOTE - I received a free copy of this product for review purposes. However, this did not affect my opinion, review, or rating at all.

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This book is going to be widely successful with recent graduates ... no, I take that back ... with everybody!!

Sean Heffron, Director of Student Experience John (Jack) Welch School of Business, Sacred Heart University

Run, don t walk, to buy this book for every person you know.

Harold Levy, Chief Executive Officer, Iridian Asset Management

The freshest, most interesting concept I have seen in a very long time. I LOVED IT!

Gene Manheim, EVP, Herbert Mines Associates --*

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ISBN-10: 0984441875
ISBN-13: 978-0984441877
Publisher: Rand Media Co

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