Often, the phrases 'you're smart!' and 'you're intelligent!' are used severally and/or interchangeably. But on a deeper introspection, the words, 'smart' and 'intelligent' actually bear different meanings.
In my opinion, being intelligent applies to the academic field and
refers to someone who's good at academics, someone with good analytical
skills required for tackling academic issues and problems.
Smartness, on the other hand, refers to having the common sense or sharp
sense of reasoning to navigate the ups and downs of life, and knowing
how to do the right thing at the right time to get what one wants.
While intelligence measures your academic ability and academic success,
smartness measures your ability to identify and apply common sense in
life to achieve what you want in life. In life, you often meet these 3
sets of people:
- the very intelligent people who are exceptional at academics but are
not actually smart(good in academics but timid on the streets, lacking
social skills to get along/interact with others, and the common sense
required to survive on the streets are not street smart). Examples are,
for example, a professor with many degrees and levels of academic
success who still cannot balance his check book or cannot manage his
finances to get him to a financially comfortable level.
- the very smart people who are exceptional in applying common sense in
life but are only averagely intelligent in academics. Speak with them
and they amaze you with their great deal of common sense and knowledge
about how to get by in life, understand and manage people, etc) but
academically they are only average. An example would be people who were
seen as 'average' in school but who went on to build successful
companies, businesses, or land amazing jobs because they had the common
sense and social skills to get along in life and network with the right
set of people.
- the smart and intelligent people at the same time - these people are
intelligent and also street-savvy. They combine intelligence with common
sense. These people are successful in their chosen fields of endeavour.
An example would be Mrs. Okonjo Iweala, who is both intelligent and
smart at the same time.
I think smartness is the application of intelligence or intelligence in
motion. One cannot be smart if one isn't intelligent, at least, a little
bit. To be smart, you need some level of intelligence, albeit how small
These are only my opinions.
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