Long – Term Vs Short- Term Syndrome – Part 1


In the world over, instant gratification is becoming an epidemic we can’t control. The idea of waiting a while before you get rewarded for work done or get recognition for efforts put into something is becoming alien. Like Simon Sinek said about the millennials, they are way too impatient for their own good. The idea of waiting to build a system, to lay the foundation, to establish a reputation, is becoming a disease nobody wants to have. We need it now and we must have it now.

This sense of impatience, this over- the- top believe where a person is already feeling bad because they haven’t made millions a few years after graduation is leading many down the tawdry path of frustration. They are having second thoughts as to what they stand for and who they represent, allowing the dictates of the world around them to decide what they should feel. We no longer have the one- day- at- a time mentality that saw our fathers of old work long years in companies and move up the corporate ladders. We no longer have that sense of I- have- to- build- a-solid foundation here. Instead what we have is the, in the words of Robert Kiyosaki, Fast food generation: People who would rather settle for a- get- rich- quick- scheme than wait to learn the basic skills of investing; people who would rather have tasty unhealthy foods than take out time to prepare delicious, tongue appealing and good looking food, because ‘we don’t have time’.

The problem with this fast food mindset, this short term trumps the long term belief, is that it is not going to help us become better persons, in the long run.

Because life is not a sprint. It is a bloody marathon. Expecting all your short, quick and easy-to-come-by decisions to last you a long time, especially if you traded the longer term gains for the shorter term pleasure, is foolhardy. I am not in any way saying that long arduous processes always produce better results, neither am I condemning quick methods and short term gains, what I’m saying here is that if we constantly sacrifice the long term goals for short term pleasure, we would be giving up more appealing lives. The fast, fast, fast mentality has been a bane, as far as I’m concerned, of the millennials. We have seen the rate of fraud — online and offline, armed robbery, teenage pregnancy, STIs, and a host of other societal issues increase over the years, due partly to the short term mentality.

This might sound a bit way off, but this short term mentality contributes its own quota to the increasing rate of suicide and depression. Most people are becoming too bothered with the lives of their ‘peers’ as if they were in an avocado race. They let their heart sink every time they see their mates doing well compared to them. They are having second, third, even fourth thoughts on what they should be going for. The trending shoes they don’t have depresses them. The new phone that has not been added to their gadget collection leaves them moody. Their lives have been lived on the edge for way too long, no thanks to snapchat, facebook and instagram.

We want what we want now.

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