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

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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...

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Overview

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!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425205457
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/6/2005
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 364,154
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2005

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

    No wonder this book is number 2 in Korea, just after Harry Potter! Easy to read, clever, smart and educational. The US had better catch up and latch onto this marshmallow dream!!! For anyone who wants to be successsful and make their dreams a reality, I recommend this book immensely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2006

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

    WOW! Never in my life have I been so inspired to pursue my dreams. I just turned 40 and felt as though my life needed a boost. I have never thought highly of the so-called 'self help' books--in fact, I have often mocked my friends for reading such titles as Chicken Soup. But my best friend told me that she read Marshmallow and suggested I read it as well. Hesitantly, I read and was pleasantly suprised. This book is AMAZING! It is an easy read and does not talk down to you as some books of the same genre do(Dr. Phill ring any bells?) I would recommend Marshmallow to any and all! This book inspired me to 'save my marshmallows' and pursue my childhood dream of opening my own Interior Design business. This book relates to all people, from all walks of life and for people with all different life aspirations. Wonderful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2005

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

    My friend keeps telling me to make enough money to go to Europe with her for 2 weeks 'before you become famous and will be hounded there.' My intuition told me this wasn't the greatest of ideas, and reading Don't Eat the Marshmallow...Yet! confirmed this. If I want to become famous, I have to first save up my money for headshots, resumes, etc and stay HERE, focusing on my goals and working to achieve them. If I spent all my money and hopped on a plane to Europe tomorrow, sure it would be fun and impulsive, but I'd be eating my marshmallows... If I continue to take steps toward accomplishing my goals, I will soon be on the road to success and, when I'm famous, will have lots of money to spend on whims and vacations. And if I'm hounded, well that is just the small price I will have to pay for living my dream... An inspirational, life-changing book full of marshmallow goodness. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2005

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

    Brilliant. Easy, compelling read of a heart warming, motivational story. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Especially those who want to achieve their goals and find real-life success by following the simple guidelines of just not eating the marshmallow...yet. Buy this book. You will be ecstatic you did. I know I was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2005

    Moved by the Mallow

    I really enjoyed the book. After reading the book, I feel inspired to work on my goals. Yes, we all know how the no-pain-no-gain thing works but sometimes, it takes something like this marshmallow book to really push the idea into our heads and find sense in it. easy read and very insightful.

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