In How Children Succeed, Paul Tough explores the question of why some children succeed while others fail. He argues that the key to a child’s success is not so much about intelligence, but character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control. Tough traces the links between childhood stress and life success, and uncovers the surprising ways in which parents do – and do not – prepare their children for adulthood. And he provides new insights into how to help children growing up in poverty. How Children Succeed is a provocative and hopeful book that has the potential to change how we raise our children, how we run our schools, and our understanding of childhood itself.