Are You Future-Focused or Present-Focused?

Source: Lifehacker Found this and had to share. Read it and think about it.   Derek Sivers Most people are naturally one way or the other—they either focus on long-term goals or they want immediate gratification. As entrepreneur Derek Sivers explains, always sticking to one pattern of thought is detrimental. The greatest success comes from overriding your natural tendencies to find a balance of the two. The Marshmallow Experiment Forty years ago, at a nursery school at Stanford University, psychology professor Walter Mischel ran an experiment. A bunch 4-year-olds were brought into a room, one at a time. They were given one marshmallow, and told they were allowed to eat it immediately, but if they could wait 15 minutes without eating it, they’d be given a second marshmallow, and could eat both. 70% of the kids ate the marshmallow right away. Only 30% of the kids could wait the full...