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Don't Eat the Marshmallow... Yet! - Audiobook Review

Don’t Eat the Marshmallow… Yet!: The Secret to Sweet Success in Work and Life. By Joachim De Posada and Ellen Singer, narrated by Michael McConnohie and Dan Worren. FonoBook, 2 hours.

If you are ever tempted by sweets, then you’ll certainly be able to sympathize with those who cannot resist delectable treats. And if you have trouble resisting now, what about when you were four years old?

In the 1960’s and 1970’s, Walter Mischel was a Stanford psychology professor in charge of a series of studies which became known as “The Marshmallow Experiment.” Young children, around the age of four, were given one marshmallow and then told if they could wait 15 minutes without eating it, they would be rewarded with another marshmallow.

The initial goal of the experiment was to identify how some children could delay immediate gratification and some could not, but follow-up studies on the 653 participants when they were in high school showed there was a correlation between their social and academic success and their ability to not eat that marshmallow so many years earlier.

International business and motivational speaker Joachim De Posada brought the implications of this study to a much broader audience with his publication of Don’t Eat the Marshmallow… Yet! The book, first published in 2005, uses a fictional story, along with real-life examples, to illustrate how individuals can use delayed gratification to achieve their goals. 

Now this title is available as an English-language audiobook, thanks to FonoBook.  FonoBook is a new, English-language imprint of FonoLibro, a premiere producer and distributor of audiobooks in Spanish. Don’t Eat the Marshmallow… Yet! is the first offering from the new imprint and the publisher has every reason to be proud of this initial offering. Narrators Michael McConnohie and Dan Worren do an admirable job with the material and McConnohie, who does the majority of the narration, has a golden voice that’s a joy to hear. 

I heard about this title years ago, but never took the opportunity to read it. I’m glad I finally had the chance to hear it because it gave me plenty to think about. I can see how some people might think it overly simplistic, especially the “parable” at the beginning used to highlight main ideas. However, it’s the simplicity of De Posada’s “marshmallow” concepts that make his suggestions and observations so powerful.

After the book was written, De Posada decided to replicate the experiment with Hispanic children to see if the results would be the same as for their American counterparts.  The children were recorded as they made the momentous decision to go for immediate gratification or be a marshmallow resistor. You can watch video clips of their reactions (guaranteed to make you smile) within this short, 6-minute presentation by De Posada.

There are plenty of self-help and self-improvement titles on the market today – some may seem like they would work for you and some may not. I’m often skeptical of their messages, but in this case, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a more productive way to spend two hours of your time than learning all about marshmallows.

Reader Comments (1)

Thank you for this wonderful review. I congratulate Fonolibro and I am very grateful that my title was chosen spas the first audio book in English.mas you said, the voices are spectacular and the principles I am sure will help you change your life if you so desire. Thanks again for the review.
December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoachim de Posada
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