1. According to Brooks in the introduction, why are Harold and Erica so successful?
In the introduction, Brooks says that Erica and Harold lead happy successful lives, though they are never singled out as geniuses or spectacularly special in any way. Instead, their gifts seem to be innate and less obvious than the gifts of some overachievers or star athletes. This couple possess noncognitive skills - skills that are not obvious.
2. How is Brooks' book different from other social studies?
In his introduction, Brooks states that this book is different from the zillions of others that have been published over the years. It focuses on the role of the inner mind and the birthplace of street smarts. Brooks asserts that the majority of thinking - thinking that leads to success - takes place in the unconscious mind.
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