What kind of impact can just one person have with a contagious purpose for learning and applying what they learn as a invested leader with other people? You would think it might spread a little bit here or there, but I’ve found some research from Christakis and Fowler (Connected) that indicates it could be much broader than most of us would naturally expect. They’ve determined that our contagious and supportive actions are “constantly bouncing off each other in sort of a ripple effect every which way and direction.”
The research reports that “each individual’s influence actually appears to extend to people within three degrees.” So when you contagiously apply a positive learned experience in your own life, “you are unconsciously shaping the behavior of an incredible number of people.” Fowler and Christakis add that, this influence adds up to where they believe “nearly 1,000 people within three degrees of each of us are impacted.”
By trying to make yourself more successful and more positive, you actually have the ability to improve the lives of 1,000 people around us. Your positive habits and behaviors are capable of making a dramatic difference.
People are constantly observing your actions and reactions. Continue to invest in what you are learning to add to your positive ripple effect. It matters.