According to Wikipedia : Gratification is the pleasurable emotional reaction of happiness in response to a fulfilment of a desire or goal.
Then I began to wonder, like all emotion is a motivator or behaviour and thus plays a role in the entire range of human social systems and in achieving our desire or goal in life, then some sacrifice have to be made to reach the climax. Perhaps there is an important fact that, the most important word in long-term thinking is sacrifice. Therefore delayed gratification is the ability to put of satisfaction in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term.
In the world of today, youths are the most vulnerable because we tend to search for instant gratification rather than understand the concept of successful ending. Immediate gratification only makes you lose your vision, desire, yourself discipline and self esteem. You compromise your integrity for a short term gains and short term gain cause long term pain. You forget the consequences of the instant gain; you become concerned about the pleasing method and not the pleasing results.
Successful people are concerned about long term consequences of their behaviour while unsuccessful people were more concerned with personal enjoyment and instant gratification. Ask yourself this most important question, why do you want to be successful?
In other to be successful, knowledge and skill is required and the price you must pay is the sacrifice you MUST make to learn this skills, every skill to become successful is learnable. Goethe said everything is hard before it become easy, success is never ending and failure is never final, you must be ready to grow through pain. No pain no gain.
The elevator to success is out of order, but the steps are always open – Zig Ziglar. This means that no shortcut to success, learn, read books, attend seminars, learn from expert, and get a mentor. Persevere and don’t stop doing what successful people have done.
The law of expediency factors says do the NECESSARY not the EXPEDIENT. Successful people make a habit of doing the things unsuccessful people don’t like to do. Discipline is what is required.
Delay your gratification for your long term success, many successful people in the world has done it and achieve great success, Abraham Lincoln, Bill Gate, Mahatma Gandhi, The Wright brothers, Henry Ford, Lee Kuan Yew, Nelson Mandela, Mark Zukerberg and I. We all have definitive purpose and their integrity work it out for them, history never forgets them and history will never forget you if you choose the right path to success.
Those who wish to see the end of the rainbow must go an extra mile.
Coordinator SDGsACT LAGOS
EDITED BY HAJI