In case you missed it, yesterday’s email was all about how “Shooters Shoot”. One thing I left out about great shooters is that great shooters surround themselves with other great shooters.
Case in point, Allen Iverson loved playing with Kyle Korver when they both were on the Philadelphia 76ers roster.
Because Korver is the NBA’s best three point shooter and Korver being a 3 point shooting threat opened up opportunities for Iverson all over the floor.
Great shooters elevate one another.
It’s called peer influence.
How important is peer influence Coach Bru?
I’m glad you asked…
Dartmouth College professor Bruce Sacerdote found that peer influence was the only important factor in a student’s results. His research revealed parental behavior had no effect on student outcomes and peer influence was the only important factor.
In short, he found that students who weren’t getting great grades quickly boosted their GPA when paired with a roommate who was.
(They also found that peer effect had a large influence on criminal behavior and drug abuse.)
Dr. Sacerdote also found multiple studies showing that neighborhood peers have a strong influence on children and adults alike. Peer effect is no different for adults in the “real world”; our habits are contagious. You are the average of the people you most closely associate with.
Look at the five people you call most on your cell phone. Your income, happiness and even your weight and fitness level will be remarkably close to theirs.
Pretty fascinating, right.Might even be pretty alarming to you. As in, you need to surround yourself with more successful peers.
Where can you align yourself with great shooters who create opportunities for you?
THAT peer influence is right here: www.YesterdaysUnderdog.com