Marshmallows

 

I woke up this morning with a mountain of work ahead of me - I have the next 12 hours carefully and completely scheduled out. None of the work is terrible, but none of it is terribly interesting either.

 

I lay in bed and stared and the wall, trying to find something to get excited about today, something that was more compelling than rolling over and closing my eyes.

 

Usually in this situation I would go get coffee, but I've recently committed to cutting my budget and my sugar intake, so that was out. In the end, I decided to focus on the yummy cup of green tea I would make when I got to work.

 

Then, as I got ready, I remembered that I'm going to dinner with some friends on Saturday, and going to Detroit for an exciting meeting on Friday. I started thinking about Friday and Saturday and realized - duh, that's the scale of delayed gratification that I'm working on this week. A few days of a lot of hard work, and then a few days of fun.

 

I was reminded of the marshmallow test, a Stanford experiment that predicted the long term success of children based on one date point: can the promise of two marshmallows in the future motivate them not to eat the one in front of them?

 

Watch the video above, lord it's hilarious.

 

Most things worth doing, most thing worth building, they take time. They take patience.

 

Which sucks sometimes, because that marshmallow loos so good.