The Benefits of Delayed Gratification
The lesson of delayed gratification causes us to be big picture thinkers. The true great leaders have all had a big picture focus. Abraham Lincoln was an amazing example of this. He grew up in the wilderness, lost his mother at an early age and claimed “he knew how to read, write and cipher but not much more coming of age.” He lost the senate race but somehow got the Republican ticket for the presidency. Immediately upon winning several of the southern states seceded. He received push back from all sides through a horrific war that ravaged our nation. But through it all he never lost focus, our nation came out on the other side, and slavery was defeated. He is considered one of the greatest presidents the United States has had.
If we want to raise leaders we have to raise big picture thinkers, to do this we must raise children who have learned delayed gratification. It affects so many areas of life and can make the difference in failure and success.
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