3 Powerful Ways To Destroy The Cancer Of Instant Gratification

You know that instant gratification is the real reason you struggle to learn and remember information, don’t you?

Good news:

If you’d like the cure, let me instantly gratify you and jump right in. Here are three:


1. Understand the Sickness of Instant Gratification For What It Is


That’s right:

Instant gratification is a disease.

Think about it …

What building gets to scrape the sky overnight?

What skill worth having leaps into existence in a flash?

None do.

And if any ever penetrate this instant gratification psychology … it’s really only a very few.

If there are examples of instant gratification, well …

One exception is the Magnetic Memory Method, a rare memory skill you can learn fast and experience quick victories with …

But these happen so fast only because the Magnetic Memory Method harnesses the power of information you ALREADY know.

And even then, let’s face it: You’ll still need to practice a bit before you really hit your stride.

So settle in and make sure you’re trained up:



Go ahead and click that big blue image and take my free course. I’m confident you won’t regret spending the time.


2. Practice Long Form Learning


Now that you’ve admitted that you’ve got the instant gratification sickness, it’s time to combat it.


First, know your MMM Learning Hierarchy. You’ll discover what this is in a new book I’m releasing soon. For notification, please keep your eyes open for an announcement soon.

Once you’ve got that covered, learn how to memorize a textbook properly and read books in a traditional manner for good measure.

Watch long videos and take notes. Listen to podcasts and audiobooks without 2x-ing the content. Stop training your brain to consume everything faster.


3. Balance Input With Output


Consuming information is important. It’s how we learn.

The problem is …

Few people balance their consumption with production.

As a result, they never really learn anything.

If you want to learn … REALLY learn …

Then you’ll need to process that information through multiple channels.


The Professors Who Forced Me To
Balance Input With Output


Back during my M.A. and Ph.D. years, I completed a lot of directed reading courses instead of taking seminars.

These directed readings were a great alternative to attending class and watching the other students pretend they read the books and articles.

Plus, I got to have the professors I studied under for some precious one-on-one discussion of learning topics at levels deeper than seminars allow.

The catch?

Two of my directed reading professors DEMANDED summaries of everything on the reading lists.

And not just one or two fruity little paragraphs …

They wanted two to three pages!

Well, let me tell you …


It Was The Most Worthy Work In The World!


By keeping good notes and processing the information through writing summaries …

… Followed by verbal discussions in meetings …

I remember so much more from those books than any other.

And because I used the textbook memorization technique I linked you to above for some of these books …

I had a ton of Magnetic fun too.


The Shocking Truth About Instant Gratification


Here’s the truth:

When you stop letting instant gratification corrode your ability to learn and remember …

You’ll find that all learning becomes much more gratifying.

Having a plan for building and enjoying discipline in your life helps too:

Once you have discipline on your side …

The gratification you need comes …


So the true path to instant gratification requires just a simple shift in perspective.

Just like when you Mindshift your perspective about memory techniques and the use of a Memory Palace.

The shift in perspective creates an instant victory that makes all learning thereafter much more gratifying.

It truly is that simple.

And if you’d like to experience true instant gratification that lasts forever, make sure you’re subscribed to this website so I can show you just how gratifying using your memory can be.

Next time … something different.

In fact, I’ve got a …

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7 Responses to " 3 Powerful Ways To Destroy The Cancer Of Instant Gratification "

  1. Lorenz says:

    Hi, Anthony

    It’s an very impressive podcast, thank you very much!! I hope all schools can hear that from you, so that they may relieve large inputs for students.

    I guesses you might have some opinions about how to cooperate the memory palace and note-taking, which shapes our thoughts in non-linear way and linear way.

    • Thanks kindly for letting me know you liked this, Lorenz. I appreciate it and it would be a great honor to help shape education in the future. Students of today are always in a great position to find and learn these techniques more than I ever was, but even then, those who are seekers will find their way without too much prompting.

      Yes, I do have material on note-taking for use with a Memory Palace. It’s on my How to Memorize a Textbook episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast. Check it out for ideas you can try and share immediately.

      Thanks again for stopping by and talk soon! 🙂

  2. Alex says:

    Spot-on points Anthony.

    For my memory regimen I soon realized that all-or-nothing methods would never avail me much. Memory improvement seems to be a zero-sum game; when one makes an improvement one does it through practice; when one backslides it is also a question of practice (less of it actually.)

    There is a universal truism “You can’t get something for nothing.” We are conned into believing we can with 24-7 amenities of heat, shelter, electricity, flush toilets, fresh water. These are rather recent developments in the West. In many other parts of the world they cannot even be dreamt of. But Instant Gratification lives in their midst.

    My challenge is the evil Leviathan named “Lethargy.” It is a close sibling of “instant Gratification,” and he lurks and jubilates in the company of Instant Gratification. When IG saps the energy of the devotees of Mnemosyne, Lethargy seeds its poisonous seeds of self-doubt, procrastination, despair and many other wicked fruits.

    Grendel is puny compared to these beasts, but clad with Mnemosyne’s buckler, shield and armaments, we can prevail.


    • We can prevail indeed, Alex, and the truism you provide rings loud and clear. I think we can nuance it further, too.

      I am reminded of a particular German translation of King Lear I read that gets it perhaps better than Shakespeare himself: Aus nichts kann nichts entspringen.

      Shakespeare has it both as, “”Nothing will come of nothing” and “Nothing can be made out of nothing,” but the German translation here seems to say “out of nothing can nothing originate.”

      This is where the memory improvement zero-sum game you mention is never zero-sum. Because, barring some disease or accident, you always have something. We all have it. By default.

      So King Lear was wrong. Something not only can arise from nothing, but it’s always already happening. All the time. We always have at least one link to memory in every present moment. With some wherewithal, we’ll see that this moment is linked to other parts of a chain, not in memory, but as part of memory.

      This fact that exists in nearly every brain can itself serve as instant gratification at any time, even when we’re not actively using the tools of mnemonics to encode or decode information.

      The people who really get what’s going on with memory techniques understand this deeply. This deeper understanding becomes the weapon against instant gratification (which I would not honor with capitalization in the same way we don’t honor cancer that way in English).

      When is the miracle of memory happening?


      Focus on that and Grendel can never prevail, except as a Magnetic Bridging Figure in a Memory Palace. And what a gratifying amusement that shall be. 🙂

      • Alex says:

        Thanks Anthony. I take zero-sum game in the sense of chess or go.

        At the beginning of the game, both players do have the same amount of something (time, position, material.) Each one may also have more or less of something: sleep, experience, confidence, etc. So each player does also bring his own something to the table; this is true. When one makes a superior move, he gains a slight advantage over his partner. If one makes an inferior move, his opponent gains a slight superiority. Analogous, if you like to a swing or a see-saw.

        King Lear lived a tragedy of deceit and denial. His was a life of hubris and pride. The Bard presents a realistic tale of Proverb 16:18: “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

        One of my favourite portrayals of King Lear is that of Colm Feore.

        The notion of “Nothing” is a fascinating philosophical concept (a subject of thought from Parmenides to Sartre (L’Être et le néant) through Lao Tsu – Tao Te Ch’ing.) If we can conceive “Nothing” maybe it is actually … Something! Like Zero or Infinity 😉

        I capitalize Instant Gratification as a means to belittle him and pin him down – his is an ugly persona. But my real battle is with my invictus: Lethargy.

        I am coming to see Memory as an essential creative pool, along the same lines as Beauty or Justice or Wisdom. I am understanding that Memory will always exist, even when we cease to be.

        Memory is ageless, timeless, boundless. Always graceful and always willing to meet us wherever we are. So the the miracle of Memory is happening now, in the past and in the future.

        As for Grendel, let’s combine him with Gollum and have them both show us around the “G” palaces as roomies. 😉

        I can hardly wait to get to the G words in the glossary I am learning.

  3. Benjamin Hare says:

    Very helpful post. Reminds me of something I read in “The Practicing Mind” (2006) by Thomas M. Sterner, about the importance of loving the process itself. Those who are great at anything enjoy the process for its own sake. As I’ve grown more comfortable with, and reliant upon the Magnetic Memory Method, this has certainly been my experience. Memorization of a poem, a study guide, or a manual has become a secondary benefit instead of a driving goal.

    While driving, or waiting for a phone call, or sitting in the doctor’s office, or engaged in a boring meeting, I’ll lose myself in jumping through my palaces. Or come up with fun images for people’s names. I could go on and on. (Since you introduced me to multi-dimensional palaces my capacity seems endless.)

    Loving the process has, for me, defeated that stressful pressure for instant gratification. In fact, I had forgotten how much of a burden it had been in the past until I read your post.

    “That used to me,” I thought.

    • Thanks, Benjamin. This looks like a great book and I’m very glad that you’ve had these higher order results from your memory practice. This truly is about the above-and-beyond fulfillment in addition to accomplishing very practical goals.

      Thanks again for stopping by and look forward very much to your next contribution! 🙂

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