LIFE FOR SALE
Mike Merril is an unusual man. He divided himself into 100,000 shares and sold them at $1 a share. His shareholders now make his major life decisions for him.
Mike’s investors literally run his life and, just as with real companies, sometimes the benefits are short-term and put Mike’s long-term prospects in jeopardy.
Picture: Mike Merrill, 35, Works in tech support in Poland
Mike has put major life decisions to a shareholders’ vote, including a vasectomy, a polyphasic sleep experiment, a change to his hair color (which the shareholders voted against), buying a new car and breaking up with his first major life partner, shareholder number seven.
Shareholders now vote for Mike’s love interests, and he is limited to vegetarian food despite being an avid meat-eater—although the shareholders do allow him to eat fish. Shares of Mike are . (anyone interested?)
Ian Usher is another man who decided to sell his life and start afresh. He sold his life on ebay for a cool $305,000. He sold everything, including his house, possessions, an introduction to his friends, and even a trial run at his job.
To him it was about a new lease on life.
He is now a professional speaker, blogger, and writer. With the money he got, he set about living an amazing life and even bought an island off the coast of Panama. On his website, Usher claims he is living a more extraordinary life, that he has left everything behind, and that his old life was horrible. One can’t help feeling that the buyer of his old life got a bad deal.