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The Power of Your Peers

Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

I draw on my favorite sitcom of all time, Seinfeld, whenever I can. Sometimes the metaphors have to stretch pretty far, so stay with me on this one.
Kenny Bania was a hack stand up trying to make it as a comic. His bits were rough to say the least. He comes into contact with Jerry as a fellow comedian on the NYC comedy circuit.
Somehow he befriends Jerry and his life is changed forever. And it all starts with peer learning.  Jerry takes Kenny under his wing and even writes a bit for him on the misleading name of Ovaltine. The joke goes over so well for Kenny that NBC Recruits him to do a new sitcom for them.
With a little help from his peers, (in this case, Jerry) Kenny goes from a struggling opening act to the big time with his own show. Where it goes from there for Bania we aren't told, but you can easily imagine a world where his show is "Gold!" - (sorry, had to do it).
So here comes the metaphor and the plug before I lose your attention completely. There is tremendous power in plugging in to your peers. We offer Next Generation Peer Groups across the state and I am a believer in the fact that "no one of us is as smart as all of us" line of thinking.
Confucius once said "If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room." Often we "think" we are brilliant and thus the advice and experiences of others could never help.
Kenny would disagree and so would I!