If you could... Would you?

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  1. If there was a magic pill you could take that would give you the ability to reach elite status in your chosen profession (or desired profession), would you take it?
    We'll define "elite" as the top 1% in your chosen field.
  2. For example; everybody in the NBA could be considered among the top 1% of basketball players in the world.
    But Lebron James and Steph Curry are among the top 1% of NBA players. This pill would help you achieve that level of greatness in your desired profession.
  3. Would you take it?
    Would your answer change if I told you there was side effects?
  4. Side effects include:
    We don't know. It's never been tested on humans. Could be nothing, but several leading scientist believe it can decrease your life expectancy by 10-20%.
  5. And, there's a catch (there's always a catch)!
    It's illegal and socially frowned upon. Think steroids in baseball. If anyone finds out you'll get banned from your chosen profession. But, it's also guaranteed to make you great, there is no scenario in which it won't work.
  6. Would you take the magic pill?
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  7. Hell yeah
    Suggested by   @MatthewAlmont
  8. Nope.
    Suggested by   @kcupcaker
  9. Nope. What ever success I get I'd want to earn it. Success is an undefinable figment anyway. It's all about the journey.
    Suggested by   @brazenhussy
  10. I'd like to think I'd say no.
    Some say The Bluesman said yes ... to the Devil.
    Suggested by   @andersun
  11. Gotta say no. Can't think of an athlete found out in this scenario whose reputation survived.
    Suggested by   @roche
  12. Absolutely. Rock star. Because who would care if I got caught with drugs?
    Suggested by   @siddharthainc
  13. Yes
    I want to be a doctor. Being in the top 1% of doctors would leave me with none or almost no fatalities within my patients. If that means I have to do something a little bit shoddy, so be it.
    Suggested by   @allisonlantagne
  14. Could you live with the humiliation AND the $100 million?
    That would be the issue... How much money overcomes the temporary (in today's media landscape in which scandal often improves a 'brand') embarrassment and humiliation?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  15. Can I choose any profession I want? Because I'd do it to be the best, most well-paid house sitter in any tropical locale, or the highest paid, most delicious ice cream flavor developer, but I don't actually want to be rich or famous or have the pressure of being at the top. I care about things being done well and being challenged, but I have zero
    Ambition to be at the top.
    Suggested by   @jennifergster
  16. No. I would likely be a partner in a big law firm if that happened.
    Do you know what they say about making partner in a big law firm? It's like winning a pie eating contest where the prize is MORE PIE. 🍰
    Suggested by   @jenward
  17. Yes, I would take the pill. I would be a carpenter.
    I figure the top 1% of carpenters is like Jesus and maybe Bob Villa. So, shoot for the moon and if you miss you end up among the stars, right?
  18. I'm already the best at everything I do
    Suggested by   @bibblite
  19. I'd like to say I wouldn't, but I'm a Slytherin so let's be honest
    Though the fear of getting caught ruining my reputation may be enough to reconsider
    Suggested by   @LeahG
  20. No I wouldn't take it.
    I'm a big fan of building off natural talents and interests with hard work and determination. I think the real measure of a person is what they can do when all they have is themselves. Not what could be given to them through a pill. Especially considering the risk of decreasing life expectancy. Not that I'm not tempted of course. But it just wouldn't feel genuine to me. And if it isn't genuine it isn't honest. And if it isn't genuine its nothing to me.
    Suggested by   @Charlie_Chester
  21. No.
    Taking the pill would likely be more about seeking recognition than about personal growth. If it were about growth, one would do it the hard way. Besides, it's just for a job. I'm not a rocket surgeon or anything. Even if I were, I'm not risking my health or longevity for success. Maybe if it were a pill that would make me the best mother, daughter, or friend by way of showing me the right step to take in any situation - then MAYBE.
    Suggested by   @bluepuddles
  22. No. The best is not the best. Nah mean?
    No thank you.
    Suggested by   @ashlynparish
  23. Yes!
    I ain't got no job so whatever
    Suggested by   @shanaz
  24. No way! The possibility of having a shorter life by 10-20% is terrible. Life is already too short and completely amazing. I want to stay on this ride as long as I can.
    Suggested by   @kellykock
  25. Nope! No need- I'm already the best teacher ever! Kidding- more stress & more in the public eye? No thanks!
    Suggested by   @kate81
  26. No, but not because I'm scared of getting caught
    There is something beautiful in always trying to reach the top, the struggle that is involved in getting better at something. To give that to anyone automatically would mean we not only take advantage of our talents, but we are unhappy inside of them. As much as I hate the frustration that comes with so much failure before success, don't you damn take it away from me.
    Suggested by   @smallthings