Thursday, April 15, 2021

Two Marshmallows

I don’t like being the bad guy. I don’t think most people like that, but I don’t subscribe to the “it doesn’t matter what other people think” philosophy. You can only make purely independent decisions if you are a hermit. If relationships matter to you, then connections and consequences matter. Yet there is a balance. Your interests matter too. One behaviour that creates capital is delayed gratification. If you are living purely in the now, then every decision is about the now. You are not building space. You are not building time. You are not building capacity. Because everything is about now. There is a story (controversial in its scientific rigour) about putting Marshmallows in front of children. If they can wait for the researcher to return, they get two. The test was meant to evaluate the ability to take charge of your emotions. A powerful life skill. The controversy is over whether this an innate or learnable skill. Imposing delayed gratification on others isn’t fun, and building capital is a team sport. We make many of our financial decisions together. Our joint decisions are the key to whether we consume what is created or whether we act as custodians and reinvest. Building space, time, and capacity.


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