Ask A Genius 258 – Necessity of Long-Term Thinking
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
August 13, 2017
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Long term thinking. Long term thinking is needed. Most of us only do short term thinking. Why, and why is it a problem now?
Rick Rosner: Well you just mentioned off tape, you mentioned the marshmallow test. You can tell the difference between kids with discipline, kids who don’t have discipline. You sit a kid in a room alone with a marshmallow on a plate.
This test was performed probably 30 years ago. Nowadays you’d want to give them, I don’t know, something more tempting than a freaking marshmallow. I don’t know, half a pop tart. I don’t know what kids right now for junk.
Anyway, you tell the kid you can have the marshmallow now, or if you wait till I come back in five minutes, you can have two marshmallows. And some kids pass the marshmallow test, some kids fail. Anyway, this all kind of harkens back to my favorite quote, I guess, in the long term, we’re all dead.
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