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Keep Your Eye on the Marshmallow: Gain Focus and Resilience-And Come Out Ahead is a motivational self-improvement book that kept me interested from beginning to end. The author, Joachim de Posada , wrote Keep Your Eye on the Marshmallow as a follow-up to his other books, Don’t Eat The Marshmallow Yet!: The Secret to Sweet Success in Work and Life and Don’t Gobble the Marshmallow…Ever!: The Secret to Sweet Success in Times of Change.
It is important to note that even if you haven’t read the first two books, this book can be read as a stand alone and you’ll be able to understand everything discussed in the book.
The series of books were inspired by a study conducted by Standford University in which kids were left alone in a room with a marshmallow. If the marshmallow was still there when the adult returned 15 minutes later the child would get a total of two marshmallows. Basically, it was a study about delaying gratification.
Joachim presents the book in an interesting fashion that I hadn’t come across before. The book is actually mostly a parable and is separated into three sections: Pre-Parable Analysis, the Parable itself and Post-Parable Analysis. The parable focuses around a successful businessman named Arthur who is having trouble balancing work with his family and life outside of work.
Arthur is really relate-able and I wanted to read more to see how Arthur would learn to slowly change his ways to make his life better. The book gives some back story and explores Arthur’s world. Eventually it develops into sixteen key principles that everyone can apply to their lives. Finally, it is followed up with the post parable analysis to help put emphasis on what you’ve read in the book.
Some of the principles include:
- “Example is the most effective way to influence others.”
- “Live your life one day at a time.” and
- “Help others get what they want.”
Overall, I enjoyed the book but I don’t think I would have ever gone out and bought it off of the shelf. It was a pretty quick read, at 161 pages. It was also easy to read because the book has decent sized text and is spaced well.
If I had heard a good review I probably would have stopped by the library and checked out a copy because I very rarely ever buy books. If you like these types of books I’d definitely recommend checking it out at your local library.
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