The Marshmallow Experiment

“I’ll just turn around.” Words of wisdom from a 3 year old.

We did the marshmallow experiment to kids. If you’ve ever heard of the famous Stanford experiment you can imagine the fun we had with the 6 kids that we picked.

One of the many cool parts about my job is I get to partner with local and national schools through my work with The Big Idea Experience. We filmed a video for the value of Patience the other day. You can check it out here

We define patience as waiting until later for what you want now. If you’ve heard of the marshmallow experiment that the video describes we tried to repeat it to an extent.

My own daughter got to do it and it was the cutest thing in the world. (Although that means I’ve technically experimented on my own kids– but honestly– who hasn’t?)

One kid who did patiently wait for that second marshmallow said something I loved. When told he could have another marshmallow if the first was still there upon our hosts return he promptly told her:

“Oh… well I better just turn around.”

I love that!

At 3 he knew if he looked at the marshmallow- he’d want it. And he’d probably eat it.

So what are you waiting for? What’s hard to wait for?

Where are your eyes?

Take the advice of the tyke. If it’s hard to wait, if you’re frustrated, if you feel trapped in a job, a circumstance, a “fill-in-the-blank”, you might be able to make it if you just shift your focus!

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