Enduring Rewards

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In the previous posts, with the help of the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment, we were able to illustrate that giving in to the lure of quick fixes are not the ideal way to long-term happiness. In fact, the habit of going for a quick fix has proven to be counterproductive in a long term perspective.

The ideal approach, opposed to a quick fix, is the understanding that perseverance and patience, while consciously avoiding the quick and empty gratification that the world can offer, always leads to greater rewards down the line.

At this day and age, distractions are found in every direction we look at. Because of the multiplicity and availability of options, it will always be easier to indulge in a quick distraction, than stay steadfast on a path of true power and productiveness.

Whenever you see a distraction that will seem pleasurable at first, imagine the child in the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment, and know that as long as you ignore the distraction, and avoid the lure of a quick fix of happiness, you will be able to get rewards greater in number and greater in depth.

Know that the sacrifices you take will eventually reward you in the end. Know that the times you worked hard, gave extra effort and extended more patience than normal; all add up into a bigger enduring reward that will eventually come.

-A Garlic Man