The first contact I had with this term “delayed gratification” was after reading a book on the success of Jewish people and I couldn’t agree more than what the concept advises. Success is the desire of everyone. We all dream, have ambitions, crave wealth, desire relevance and more. The challenge is the process of getting all that you want and there are general principles to follow and equally specific or closed knit ones that are required of various people. The principles of success are universal but the path to it will vary.
The many success principles of hard work, discipline, diligence, sacrifice, courage, faith, hope and countless others are needed by everyone who truly desires to succeed. You have to apply yourself to them to be able to turn efforts to reward. In this post, I will be sharing on delayed gratification.
In that book on Jewish success, it was described with children being advised to get a good education, learn, acquire skill and make the many sacrifices with patience until the rewards start coming. It is dangerous to start blowing the trumpet of a young fellow who is yet to build enough capacity or simply because they had a good grade or made some small cash in a business. Yes, there should be a commendation for small steps of success but should never be allowed to lead to complacency.
There is every need to delay every form of celebration or need to gratify actions when there is still a long way to go. The journey is still far, there is enough room for massive progress, new visions, new goals, better ideas and contributions to the society. In the story of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew told of how in many Commonwealth conferences he still used chartered flights as against what some nations that their Presidents had private and luxurious jets including African leaders. In his narration, he said he kept doing this so that his country Singapore could keep getting aides from the Commonwealth. He still described his nation as a third world nation when they already crossed that line as far back as the 1990’s.
The then Secretary of the Commonwealth, however, declined this and listed them as a first world nation. If a Prime Minister could still deny himself glory for the sake of making more progress then you know there are benefits. Rather than seeking for these gratifications before real or a climax of success, focus on achieving more and setting more goals to reach.