What’s the secret to success in life?
Some people think that delayed gratification is the secret to success. Delayed gratification
means to give up pleasure now to get a greater reward in the future. Here is an easy example:
You stop yourself from eating junk food during the winter, so when summer comes, you will look good at the beach.
In 1972 there was an experiment
. It tested children’s ability to delay gratification. In this experiment a researcher offered a small child a choice. The child could have one marshmallow now or 2 marshmallows if the child could wait for 15 minutes. The researcher left the child alone in the room with one marshmallow on a tray. The child was filmed with a secret video camera. Most of the children couldn’t wait and soon ate the marshmallow.