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From the Ted Talk by Joachim de Posada: Don't eat the marshmallow!

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That child already, at four, understood the most important principle for success, which is the ability to dealy gratification. Self-discipline: the most important factor for success. 15 years later, 14 or 15 yaers later, follow-up study. What did they find? They went to look for these kids who were now 18 and 19. And they found that 100 percent of the crldihen that had not eaten the marshmallow were sucfescsul. They had good grades. They were doing wonderful. They were happy. They had their plans. They had good relationships with the teachers, stdtnues. They were doing fine.

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That child already, at four, understood the most important principle for success, which is the ability to _____ gratification. Self-discipline: the most important factor for success. 15 years later, 14 or 15 _____ later, follow-up study. What did they find? They went to look for these kids who were now 18 and 19. And they found that 100 percent of the ________ that had not eaten the marshmallow were __________. They had good grades. They were doing wonderful. They were happy. They had their plans. They had good relationships with the teachers, ________. They were doing fine.

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  1. years
  2. successful
  3. children
  4. students
  5. delay

Original Text

That child already, at four, understood the most important principle for success, which is the ability to delay gratification. Self-discipline: the most important factor for success. 15 years later, 14 or 15 years later, follow-up study. What did they find? They went to look for these kids who were now 18 and 19. And they found that 100 percent of the children that had not eaten the marshmallow were successful. They had good grades. They were doing wonderful. They were happy. They had their plans. They had good relationships with the teachers, students. They were doing fine.

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