Astounding survey on what we most want (health), what’s it mean?
January 15th, 2013 by Agent Kevin Miller
Literally, I don’t end this with a huge “AHA!” I’m not really sure exactly what it means…and am asking for your input. Here’s what happened:
Yesterday I posted a quick question on Facebook:
If you had to pick ONE ‘wish’ today, which would it be:
A) Physically Fit – strong, healthy, energized, attractive VS overweight, frequent illness and not feeling or looking so well
B) Great car – the car you’d most like to drive VS an older car, high miles, frequent fixes needed, doesn’t look so impressive
C) Great house – the house you’d most like to live in VS older house, outdated interior, inefficient
The results were immediate and concrete, over 60 folks commented. You can go see the thread here.
If you’re not a ‘friend’ with me, I’d be honored if you’d hit ‘Add Friend’. I’m not doing a ton of posting at the Free Agent Academy fan page. Just too hard to separate life and work!
What were the results? Almost 100% of the responses were for ‘A’. If folks had to choose one of the three, they’d rather be physically fit. Whether that surprises you or not, the ramifications are pretty big. Check this out:
If we look at the reality of what people focus their lives on, we’d deduce cars and homes are most important. Why’s that?
- We have a LOT more people driving nice cars and living in nice homes…than we have ‘fit’ people,
- I believed if we polled people further to ask they they are NOT fit, they’d claim a lack of time to devote to the pursuit of physical fitness, primarily due to time spent working. Working for what? Money to afford the car and home. Hmmm…
All three industries are HUGE. Automobile industry, Real Estate industry and Health & Fitness industry. Let’s look at average prices:
- Car = $30,000 (http://www.npr.org/2012/04/06/150112247/average-u-s-car-price-tops-30-000)
- House = $172,600 (http://www.mybudget360.com/buying-a-home-in-america-today-is-expensive-thanks-to-the-banking-sector-examining-income-and-home-prices-from-1950-to-the-present-can-home-prices-fall-another-38-percent/)
- Fitness – $1,200 per year approx.: $55 per month gym membership and let’s go ahead and add another $50 per month for healthier food
What we want is drastically cheaper! A friend of mine, Sutton Parks, author of ‘You can sleep in your car, but you can’t drive your house to work’, said this in the Facebook thread, “This is a fascinating thread. It made me realize I want a nice house, car and body but the easiest and cheapest and most desirable of the 3 is the body. So why don’t I focus on it? It is the key to other things. Fascinating Kevin!”
So what gives? Why does this dichotomy exist?
Honestly, I was geared up to give a big answer, but it really doesn’t hold water. I was going to say…”We can BUY a car and a house, but we have to WORK HARD to get physically fit. When we go purchase a car or house, we have it! But when we buy the gym membership and better food, we DON’T have it. We just have tools. We now have a year or more to work our butts off.
But that doesn’t fly. The car and house we work WAY harder for. We spend 40+ hours per week at work to afford the car and house. To be incredibly physically fit only takes about 4 hours per week. We endure commutes and managers and bosses and coworkers and office politics (and decisions and risk for us self-employed) and…so much, for our work. To get fit, there’s not much baggage. I spent about $150 getting weight equipment on craigslist and simply go into my rec room and workout. All I endure is interruptions to wipe my little boys butt. The stress of work pales in comparison to the stress of physical exertion to get fit.
So a fraction of the money, a fraction of the time, a fraction of the stress and effort.
I’m not going to try and solve this one. I’m asking for your input. Again, the ramifications are big when we look at other areas we desire. I’m in the business of selling Purpose and Freedom at Free Agent Academy. Big desires that I expect would rank higher than car and house too, and yet the biggest enemy is just the daily grind.
So what do you think? What’s the core issue here?