Human beings can survive even in the toughest conditions regardless of their external environment. People realize their potential early to accomplish their long-term goals, but only successful people are able to go extra mile to fulfill their desires. Hence, success can be achieved by everyone with persistence. Unfortunately, few people make an effort to improve their lives. It is important to note that no one is born with clearly superior skills; everyone is born with a similar potential, but only successful people work extra hard to achieve their milestones.
In The Social Animal, Brooks thoroughly investigates individual capacity and how skills can be used to improve life. He attempts to identify individuals’ human behavior, capabilities, and decision-making aspects. The book is based on two fictional characters that show how life can be viewed differently. Harold was a diligent student who became a scholar throughout his life. In contrast, Eric was a focused person who possessed the ability to meet challenges in life. Eric’s driven attitude helped her rise to work on prominent positions in society. Through this analogy, Brooks demonstrated how internal influences can impact an individual’s behavior. These two characters lived very different lives due to the decisions they made early in their lives. Both Eric and Harold were driven by emotional needs. People can achieve their dreams in any circumstances through commitment to the goals. It also takes into consideration biology, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines. The writer argues that a person is known for his or her acts individually. Hence, one’s decision-making power is based entirely on the subconscious mind.
Moreover, Simon, van den Dries, and Wilms note that every individual possess hidden qualities and noncognitive skills that make them unique. Intrinsic factors can make an impact over the outward expression of an individual’s character. They stress individuals’ need to assess their potential in order to make life better. Brooks depicted the nature of human beings through academic subjects. Every individual can make their own decisions and their future life is dependent on the decisions they make now.
Soltanifar and Ansari noted that people are successful and unsuccessful in their lives due to their decision-making abilities. People who are successful in their lives made the right decisions at the right times. These people are hardworking and committed to their life goals. Successful people endure the same difficult conditions as others, but they are devoted to their tasks even if there is no hope. The human brain has the tendency to accommodate multiple concepts at a single time, but everyone possesses a different ability to feed information in their brain.
According to Viki and Abrams, an individual’s mindset determines his or her normal lifestyle; it is the inner force that influences an individual profoundly. Brooks also argued that the mindset, which is driven by inner forces, influences the individual’s choices. For instance, career choices vary from one individual to another. Brooks argued that internal emotions enable the individuals to establish their outward mindsets. In addition to this, human beings are also driven by universal feelings of loneliness: Every individual wishes to belong and be understood by others.
We learned from Kenny that emotional needs drive behavior. Therefore, our surrounding conditions must not be a hindrance to achieving a dream regardless of the time required. Since emotional intelligence gives us self-awareness, we use emotions in just about every decision we make. As we use emotions in our decision-making process, our situation and outcomes improve.
I read this story written by Master Life Coach, which says,“There have been studies done of people who have had brain surgery or brain trauma that were left without the ability to experience emotion. When asked to sign a document that would benefit them and given a blue and a black pen to sign it with they freeze up. With no weight given to either blue or black in any way they are completely incapable of making a decision. They are frozen with indecision. They simply can’t decide which pen to use. Logic literally seizes them. Only with emotion can someone choose whether to use a blue or a black pen to sign the document. A brain that cannot feel cannot make up it’s own mind. The profound sense of logic only works within the sense of emotion.”
It is a fact that more mature, responsible, and emotionally healthy human beings make better decisions. The Social Animal was a great read and gave me some new nuggets!
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