Today, let’s have a little fun with a hypothetical deal I posted on Twitter.
Would you take this deal?
You get $1 for every daily step OVER 15,000.
Walk 17,000 steps? Get $2,000.
You lose $1 for every daily step UNDER 10,000.
Walk 8,000 steps? Pay $2,000.
Must commit for one year, rain or shine.
About 99.998% of people said yes (read the comments).
Some posted screenshots of their pedometers that showed they get 20,000 to 25,000 steps a day (which, from a health perspective, is totally unnecessary but still impressive).
Would you take the deal?
It’s all about risk
Most people said yes.
A couple said no, citing work and other health issues.
A few people said sure, provided that sick days or injuries didn’t count against you. But that would make the question way too easy.
Sick days still count.
If you’re stuck in bed sick for a few days, you’re paying a LOT of money. No exceptions. Car accident? Business travel? Got Covid? Don’t care.
You’re paying money if you don’t get 10,000 steps for any reason.
And you gotta commit for an entire year. Again, no exceptions.
This type of no-exceptions risk is what makes this question interesting. It’s easy to assume you’ll walk enough, but the fact is getting 15,000+ steps for 365 straight days isn’t the easiest thing to do.
“I’ll just quit my job and walk for a living,” a few commenters said.
Sure, you’ll do that for a year. Then what? Hope you get your same job back?
Still, I admire those who said yes.
Riches come to those who are willing to take risks. Come hell or high water, they get at least 15,000 steps a day even if it kills them.
But I’d wager that the number of people making money on this deal is less than you’d probably think.
Most would start out super motivated and energetic. But as the year rolls on, things start getting in the way. Emergencies happen. Motivations dwindle.
“I gotta walk another 15,000 steps today??? F*********ck.”
What say you? Would you put pen to paper and take this deal?
Until next week,