When I was young, the adults around me shared very little advice, wisdom or skills. So by the time I left home, I was pretty naive. I didn’t know how naive I was! All I knew was that I was constantly being confronted with what I didn’t know, and I was always trying hard to catch up. This kind of ignorance cost me countless mistakes – some of them were monumental. And now, from the perspective of 50 years later, I realize that it didn’t have to be that way. There is so much I could have been told. It’s a shame I had to learn the hard way.
I’ve talked to dozens of other adults about this, and their experience is mostly the same. They wish they’d been told a bunch of things before adult life started to happen to them.
This is the purpose of Gordon Myers’ book, Street Smart Kids. According to him, he learned much of his wisdom from the School of Hard Knocks. He addresses a myriad of topics that young people need straight talk about: health, hygiene, habits, decision-making, responsibility, peer pressure, and a lot more. He delivers this wisdom and know-how in a truth-telling, no-holds-barred, conversational style.
Young people need to hear this stuff! Hard knocks are often just too hard. And the right lessons aren’t always learned.