You’re given a choice of having cake now or cake later. There are no consequences for wither choice. The cake isn’t a reward for anything. It’s just having your cake and eating it too - either now or later. Who in their right mind would wait to eat their cake later?!
People who have their shit together. And I am not one of those people. I am the queen of spending money recklessly when I should be saving it for later.
So why should you be taking my advice? Because in choosing instant gratification I have found the value in patience… repeatedly. Continue reading to learn how and why delaying gratification is much better than giving into your impulses.
The perfect example to use for my poor spending habits: I’m trying to save money for an apartment.
Hidden Message: “failing.”
But in buying pointless things - mainly food - instead of saving money, I am forced to continue my 5 hour commute. If I decided to eat my cake later - i.e. save $500/paycheck until I can afford an apartment in Seattle - I would be much closer to ending my long commute. And that would mean more time in my day to focus on building my online presence, gaining an audience, and accomplishing my goal of working online full-time.
That’s the thing about instant gratification. It’s alright to day, “fuck it,” and blow your money every once in awhile. But doing it all the time leaves you trapped, continuing the cycle of hard-work for no satisfactory reward.