For $20,000, would you go for three months without washing, brushing your teeth, or using deodorant? Assume you could not explain your reasons to anyone, and that there would be no long-term effect on your career.
Seriously? $20,000 to basically do nothing? Where do I sign up? I mean, sure, I’ll probably be unpleasant to hang around after the first few days. But who says my personality wouldn’t typically rub people the wrong way after a few days anyway? The fact that I wouldn’t be able to tell anyone about the cash payoff in three months just makes the situation funnier. And it would be interesting to know which people in my life would just be polite and say nothing about my foul stench and which ones would be true friends who would say, “Dude, you stink.” I value honesty, people.*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.