Imagine if some stealthy stranger tapped you on the shoulder and whispered,
“Hey would you like a million dollars?”
Then that same innocuous shoulder tapper offered,
“Would you like to be healthier to boot?”
This insane presumptuous older yapper’s proffer makes him sound like a scam artist. You’re probably thinking, “why doesn’t he take that boot and shove it!” But before you blurt out your plans to clog his rectum with thick soled wooden footwear, you decide to give him a chance to explain his proposal.
By the way, my name is Wyatt. I am an Emergency Medicine physician by training. When I’m not practicing medicine, I am writing, thinking in numbers, and working to improve my financial well being. (Hopefully now at least the stranger vibes are beginning to evaporate from the room) This collection of numbers, sentence fragments, graphs, and photos is my attempt to illustrate to friends, family, patients, and inquisitive internet users that physical and financial health can be closely linked.
Back to the million dollar proposal, what’s the catch? What unspeakable acts must one do for a $1,000,000? Let me rephrase the strange proposition…now a two part question.
How much money would I have to give you for you to stop (fill in the blank)? Then answer: $(fill in the blank)
The 2 blanks can be whatever you want them to be, I’ll give you a few examples to spark your creativity.
Chewing your finger nails ………………………….5.00 to buy some new nail clippers
Making that annoying sound………………………45.00 to buy a higher quality vuvuzela
Smoking cigarettes…………….2.5 million dollars because that would be extremely difficult
Writing this lame blog………………….a billion infinity dollars or enough negative feedback
Drinking Diet Coke…………………..75,000 so I can buy a lifetime supply of Crystal pepsi
Going to that casino…………………..250,000 then I can pay for my kid’s college tuition
Now it’s your turn. Think of something you’d give up and how much money someone would have to pay you for that sacrifice. Take a few seconds to complete this exercise.
The idea behind this blog is to illustrate the financial and health costs associated with “bad habits”. Who gets to define what a bad habit is? That would be you, the guy or gal with individual expression and choice, which is also why you can lead the life you see fit. My objective is to crunch the numbers, present the data, and plant a sapling of financial wisdom for you to consider and potentially share with your friends, your children, even strangers.
So put your clogs back on and let’s go look at The Method.