As financial coaches, we work with our clients a lot on practicing delayed gratification. Not buying something now in favor of saving for a future item or goal of greater importance is hard at first. We all want what we want, typically when we want it. But working through that immediate need of feeling you have to have whatever is the objects of your desire – be it a fancy coffee or a new car – is something that takes practice and thoughtfulness. 

We’ve talked a lot on this blog about delayed gratification – about what it is and even three ways to overcome it. Plenty of other people have had a lot to say about the delayed gratification. And being that, as money coaches, we’re all about inspiration, here’s what a few folks way more famous than us have said:

“The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term, is the indispensable prerequisite for success.” – Brian Tracy

“Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.” – Richard G. Scott

“Delaying gratification is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with. It is the only decent way to live.” – M. Scott Peck

“The harder it was to get, the more you want to keep it.” ― Jay Mark Mateo Balmes

“If you don’t want to be average, don’t rush into doing what the crowd is doing” –

“Self-discipline is often disguised as short-term pain, which often leads to long-term gains. The mistake many of us make is the need and want for short-term gains (immediate gratification), which often leads to long-term pain.” – Charles F. Glassman

“Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

“This quality of self-denial in pursuit of a longer-term goal and, indeed, the willpower to maintain the denial, is excellent training for the boardroom.” – John Viney

“Rule your mind or it will rule you.” – Horace

“Success is actually a short race – a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over.” – Gary Keller

Hopefully, you’re feeling inspired and ready to put off a little bit longer whatever it is that you think you need right now.


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