Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker

Paul Tough is the author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character and Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and a speaker on various topics including education, poverty, parenting, and politics. Learn More >

Paul Tough

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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Why do some children succeed while others fail?

The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs.

But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.


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“Nurturing successful kids isn’t a game of chance. … Paul Tough has scoured the science and interviewed the experts, and now he’s written an instruction manual for the rest of us.”—Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit