Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What would you give up?

I came across this interesting story and thought I would share.

What would you sacrifice to see your country win soccer’s World Cup? Food for a week, according to a survey that also found fans willing to lose a limb for their team’s glory.

Fifty-one percent of respondents to the tongue-in-cheek survey of 20,000 people, who live in North America but hail from countries with teams in the June 11-July 11 World Cup, said they would starve themselves for a week if that would bring victory to their national squad.

More than 40 percent offered to give up dating for a year, while seven percent said they would gladly give up their job to see their country win the title.

A further four percent were willing to give away a body part.

The survey was conducted by U.S.-based international calling firm VIP Communications Inc (www.JoinVIP.com) ahead of the South African extravaganza featuring 32 nations.

It found that a majority of English respondents — 93 percent — would give up food for a week to see England win, while some 70 percent of Italians would give up their job for an Italian victory.

Americans were most willing to sacrifice their homes, while South Koreans were most ready to sacrifice their love life.

And the people least willing to make a sacrifice?

The survey found that only 3 percent of Solvakians would give up anything to improve their country’s chances of victory.

So what would you give up to get your book published? Are writers as crazy as football (soccer) fans?


Tabitha Bird said...

LOL! I would give nothing to see anyone win anything remotely sports related.

Writing on the other hand. I would and have already given a lot. :)

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Not sure some of the things I've given up can be measured.

I'll start with a clean home, a clean reputation, a tidy heart.

Writing is a messy job.
~ Wendy

Terri Tiffany said...

A lot of my free time!!

Aubrie said...

I already give up a lot of my free time. I'm hoping this is enough!

Lola Sharp said...

I gave up my sanity for writing a long time ago...isn't that enough? ;)


patti said...

Sigh. Great question I had to face, Patti.

No one believes me when I say getting books published is not AT ALL what it's cracked up to be.


Continually sticking to my story about that glorious Audience of One.


Janna Qualman said...

Geesh! THIS is why I'm not a soccer fan. ;)

I've never thought of it in specific terms like this, what I would sacrifice. But I do give up sleep, and time on chores (not a problem), and too, some time with my family (this, a little more problematic).

Melissa said...

Count me in the giving up sleep camp. I'm averaging about five to six hours of sleep a day (I used to get at least eight or nine). But it'll be so worth it if I ever get published.

Laura Pauling said...

Writers already sacrifice a lot without knowing if they'll get published.

And do you think those fans are serious about losing a limb or giving up their job? Crazy.

Kasie West said...

A body part!??!!??? That's craziness. I wouldn't go that far but I sure have given a lot of time, sweat, and tears.

Patti said...

I'm hoping the limb part is in jest, (hoping).

Time seems to be the prevailing theme. One I would have to agree with.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Ooooh, that's a GOOD question. Maybe ice cream. For a whole year!

Natalie said...

Wow, that is hard core! I'm not very good at giving stuff up. Maybe I'd give up chocolate for a month. (It would be HARD!)

Southpaw said...

I could do what Natalie said maybe coffee too.

prashant said...

Not sure some of the things I've given up can be measured.
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