The Lure of Quick Fixes


In the previous post, we were able to look into the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment, which studied delayed gratification and its long-term manifestations.

Among the children who participated in the study, those who were not able to display patience to get a bigger reward (in the form of a second cookie, marshmallow or pretzel), years later were described as “less competent” and generally had lower Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores.

It can be surmised that easily giving in to quick fixes of gratification generally led to less achievement in life.

This is very apparent in the world we live today. How many people do we know wanted to get shortcuts to happiness but sadly realized that what they got was only fleeting? How many people do we know easily ran away from a big challenge because they felt uncomfortable? How many people do we know easily took small rewards right in front of them, precluding bigger rewards that they have not seen yet?

Success cannot be achieved through shortcuts. To be able to truly reap bigger rewards, we must be able to resist the quick fix of pleasure, knowing that there are bigger rewards ahead.

More on this in the next post.

-A Garlic Man