9780425205457

Don't Eat the Marshmallow... Yet! : The Secret to Sweet Success in Work and Life

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  • ISBN13:

    9780425205457

  • ISBN10:

    0425205452

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-09-06
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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Summary

Arthur is a chauffeur who is intellectually gifted. Jonathan is no less bright than Arthur, equally hard-working, and a billionaire. So why is Jonathan in the back seat of the limousine and Arthur in the front? What explains the difference between success and failure? And what does it mean to you and your children? Joachim de Posada, a world-renowned motivational speaker, found the answer in a landmark Stanford University study of children who were able to delay gratification-in the form of a marshmallow they'd been given to eat-with the promise that they'd be rewarded with an additional marshmallow if they resisted eating the first for fifteen minutes. Ten years later, the children who held out had grown up to be significantly more successful than those who had eaten their marshmallow immediately. Posada saw that the key difference between success and failure is not merely hard work or superior intelligence, but the ability to delay gratification. "Marshmallow resisters" achieve high levels of success while others eat all their marshmallows at once, so to speak-accumulating debt and dissatisfaction despite their occupations or incomes. But it doesn't have to be that way. Using a simple parable and real-life examples (including basketball great Larry Bird and major league baseball catcher Jorge Posada, Joachim's cousin), this life-changing book shows readers how the moves made today can pay off big tomorrow-if they just don't eat the marshmallow...yet!

Author Biography

Joachim de Posada, Ph.D., is a bilingual public speaker, radio personality, author, and columnist who has provided motivational coaching for the Milwaukee Bucks, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Panamanian Olympic team. His clients include Verizon, Pfizer, Kodak, Xerox, 3M, and Continental Airlines, among many others. He is the author of How to Survive Among the Piranhas.

Ellen Singer is the award-winning author of the acclaimed memoir Quicksand: One Woman's Escape from the Husband Who Stalked Her.

Table of Contents

Pre-Parable Analysis 1(8)
Parable 9(2)
Marshmallow-Eating IS Self-Defeating
11(6)
Successful People Keep Their Promises
17(7)
Exercising Marshmallow-Resistance: The Importance of Trust and the Power of Influence
24(9)
What Successful People Are Willing to Do
33(12)
Marshmallow Multiplication: Obeying the Thirty Second Rule
45(12)
A Marshmallow Mind-Set: The Rewards of Delayed Gratification
57(8)
Marshmallow Mellow: Purpose + Passion = Peace of Mind
65(5)
Mushy Marshmallow Stuff
70(5)
Post-Parable Analysis 75(24)
Author note 99

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