Research over the last decade is supporting what should be intuitive: the ability to control your self is causally linked to success in most aspects of life – academic achievement, career success, good relationships, happiness.
Think of it this way: if you always did what you should, when you should, and if you could always delay gratification when the short term trade-off would lead to a greater long term benefit, would you be more successful, achieve more, be happier?
Peaked your interest? I’m doing some research on this and hope to present some distilled and essentialized information and “how to” data in the not too distant future.
In the meantime, here’s a couple resources:
A set of lectures at Audible, by C. Nathan DeWall:
Paper in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology:
One hour lecture by Roy Baumeister: