“Well, I must say Mike,” announces Alex Trebek, “In my 30 plus years of hosting Jeopardy!, we have never had a contestant win the theoretical maximum amount possible in the first two rounds! $283,200! Astonishing, to say the least!”
“Well, I appreciate that Alex, it certainly didn’t hurt to be playing against this amazingly talented and lovely mime, and of course, Mr. Goldfish over there.”
“But still,” responds Alex, “you had to give the correct question to every answer, and luckily have those Daily Doubles be the last answers remaining on the board each round!”
“You’re making me blush Alex, but please remember – this is my book I’m writing this into! The very first chapter even. I’m trying to make a point right from the start. Go big, or go home, isn’t that what they say?”
“I guess so,” laughs Alex. “That does explain how you knew the answer ‘7 – 35 – 10.’ ”
“What was my locker combination in 9th grade?” Mike follows with a smile. The audience laughs.
“Heading into commercial break, here’s the clue for Final Jeopardy! Mike, to help determine how much you want to wager: (ding goes the screen) ‘The Purpose of Life.’ Think that over for a minute and we’ll be back right after this.”
It wasn’t long before Alex was reading the final answer to our lone contestant: “ ‘The world-acclaimed book, Live in the Q, asserts that doing THIS, is the ultimate END and WHY to living each day.’ ”
The music starts playing, but Mike is waiting with a smile through most of it. Pen down, and fingers tapping.
“Alright,” says Alex, “let’s see what you have.”
Reading the screen in front of Mike, Alex says, “‘What is being your VERY best self?’ That is correct! And how much did you wager? All of it, WOW! Which means a grand total for today of $566,400! Absolutely staggering!”
Mike and Alex shake hands and converse pleasantly while the audience applauses in amazement. The other two contestants excitedly join them. “So–being your VERY best self. Who knew!?” exclaims Alex.
“Well, at least it’s what I propose, Mr. Trebek. I like the thought that reaching our potential, by being our best, is indeed the noblest of endeavors, and truly fulfills our grandest purposes.”
“How so?” The mime interrupts, demonstratively. (And silently)
“Great question,” Mike smiles. “For a lot of reason, actually, which I explain in my book, but for starters…what’s better than best? And secondly – and this is what I believe to be so encouraging – it’s actually more possible to be our best selves, and reach our potential than we might typically think. It doesn’t happen after a journey of a thousand miles. Rather, it’s something we can do often, each and every day.”
“So the ultimate purpose to each day, is being our very best, which IS possible.. today! I love it!” Exclaims Alex.
“I know, right!? And what is exciting to me,” Mike continues, “Is that those two ideas are the answer to each other’s question – like Jeopardy! Look at this: (Mike starts writing on his podium screen with his pen so all can see. Alex holds up Mr. Goldfish.)
A: Being our VERY best self! Q: What is the ultimate END and WHY to today?
A: When we are achieving our ultimate end and why! Q: When are we our VERY best self?
Mike explains all this to the fixated friends, and then says, “I like to think of it as two sides of the same coin. The ultimate why and end on one side, (purpose) is being our best self (achieving our potential) on the other.
“So the question then becomes,” says Alex, scratching his chin… “WHEN exactly are we are very best, and how can we be that more often!”
“And that’s exactly what my book, Live in the Q is all about!” exclaims Mike. “And I think many people will be pleasantly surprised at the answer!”
“Quite fascinating,” nods Alex. “Can’t wait to read your book!”
“Can’t wait to give you a signed copy,” Mike says as he magically pulls one out of thin air and hands it to Alex. “Writing a book sure has its perks!”