How big a role does self-discipline, the ability to delay gratification, play in one’s success? And, how early in a person’s life can we forecast their inclination to such? A famous study at Stanford University in 1972 by psychologist, Walter Mischel, apparently discovered this very key link and how to quantify it.
My friend, Dr. Joachim de Posada, CSP is a psychologist, speaker and mega-bestselling author. His book, a very short and entertaining business parable, Don’t Eat The Marshmallow … Yet!, based on this study, is not only one of my favorite books, but one which I’d suggest every parent share with their children (not to mention, read themselves again and again).
And, while at our monthly quasi-MasterMind/get-together with eight of our peers (luckily, our host, Terry Brock having a camera, tripod, and really cool post-production equipment) 🙂 I was able to sit down with Joachim and ask him to share this very important principle that just might be one of the defining principles of success.
Enjoy our brief discussion.
Check out Joachim’s recent TED Talk which was very entertaining. The video he showed of the little kids doing their best to resist eating that “marshmalloy delight … yet!” was too cute.