We Humans Have Reached an All-Time Impatience

And it’s hurting us, badly.

Toby Hazlewood
Jan 19 · 10 min read

We want it all. We want it right now. We’re not prepared to wait for anything and the idea of even delaying gratification is a nonsense to contemplate.

No appetite for pain, no chance of gain

We have little appetite for committing to much of anything if it won’t pay off in the short-term.

Low Time Preference Versus High Time Preference

If the payoff of something isn’t within easy reach and attainable in the short term, we struggle to muster the enthusiasm for it.

Art Imitates Reality

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We think we deserve things to come easily and quickly to us, and we’re led to believe that it will by those in power — the governments, authority figures and influencers.

Learning to Think Long-Term Again

It feels good to be realistic with myself. I’m playing the long game.

Final Thought

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The Ascent

A community of storytellers documenting the journey to happiness & fulfillment. Join thousands of others making the climb on Medium.

Toby Hazlewood

Written by

A writer, dad and husband sharing his thoughts, wins and losses to help and inspire others. Say hello at bit.ly/TobyHazlewood

The Ascent

A community of storytellers documenting the journey to happiness & fulfillment. Join thousands of others making the climb on Medium.

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