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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Marshmallows & Success

Joachim de Posada shares a landmark experiment (at Ted.org) on delayed gratification -- and how it can predict future success. With priceless video of kids trying their hardest not to eat the marshmallow.



If you have difficulty viewing the video here on my blog, go directly to the website by clicking here.

Here's what TED has to say about him: Joachim de Posada's infectious energy and humor have turned him into a popular motivational coach. Working in Spanish and English, he helps companies and teams find deep and lasting reasons to succeed. His books include How to Survive Among the Piranhas and his latest, No te comas el marshmallow ... todavia, or Don't Eat the Marshmallow ... Yet. (He's recently updated the book for the recession, calling it Don't Eat the Marshmallow ... Ever.)

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  1. The latest book is a quick and easy read and is so full of inspirational stories and quotes. I bookmarked my favorites. Here are some:

    Winners form the habit of concentrating on what they want to happen; losers concentrate on what they don't want to have happen. In pressure situations, winners call up past wins; losers recall past losses. Both are self-fulfilling. -pg76

    Mr. P told me a story about circus elephants that really impressed me," Bryan continued. "He said that, before and between shows, elephants stand tethered to small posts by weak ropes. And he asked me why the elephant never tried to escape. My first thought was that the elephants liked living in the circus, but that didn't make sense - elephants are born to run in the wild not be imprisoned inside a tent. Mr. P said I was right- the elephants hated the circus - but they'd come to believe they couldn't escape so they stopped trying. They'd been tied up like that when they were babies and, when they were small, they couldn't break free no matter how hard they tugged. One day, the elephants just stopped trying, although, as they grew bigger, a single pull would have set them free. -pg85

    If your world is changing, so what? What's important is how the change is affecting you and what you choose to do about it. -pg100

    Surround yourself with supportive people. They will be your greatest assets in good times and in bad. -pg101

    Supportive people are your greatest assets. Don't give anyone permission to make you feel inferior. Surround yourself with supportive people who will keep your self-esteem in high gear. -pg 115

    Life demands you make a choice: excuses or results. Choose results. Don't try to justify your mistakes, instead take steps to correct them. -pg115

    Change happens. Deal with it. Don't fight change. Change your reactions or actions to fit your altered circumstance, and move forward with your plans for success. -pg115

    Don't ever give up. Success is hanging on after others let go. Get up more often than you fall down. Others can stop you temporarily...Only you can stop your progress permanently. -pg115

    Face your fears. Control them or they will control you. pg104

    Worry is your enemy. Kill your worries before they kill you. -pg115

    The common theme, Arthur realized, ...was that fear-of failure, of ridicule, of poverty, of rejection, of death-kept people from taking the risks they needed to get ahead. -pg105

    Attraction and action are like dreams and goals. You need vision to imagine your destination, but you have to take action steps to achieve your aims. -pg107

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