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April 11, 2008


Igor Belanov

If that's correct then most England cricketers from the late 80's, early 90's should be dead by now.

Adrian Clark

The message here is that we should acquire friends - but also that the successful have more friends, provided they are not succesful in a solitary field... So, ceteris paribus, success breeds friendships.


I doubt whether successful people have more friends. Is it possible that those with short cricketing careers suffered from disappointment, anxiety for recall etc? I know several academics (particularly in India)who did not get promotions they hoped for and ruined their health and often their work.

Sam Z.

These effects may be due to the reference groups which very successful, but just short of stellar, people compare themselves against.

A borderline test player probably feels pretty inadequate on a day-to-day basis, because he's constantly, explicitly compared with the very best. You see this effect in academia too, where very accomplished people at top tier institutions, who are nonetheless a little short of truly stellar, may be consumed with a sense of inadequacy, even a feeling of being an imposter (it's even got a name: "imposter syndrome") when they compare themselves with (e.g.) Nobel-level colleagues.



"But there are no significant differences in power between cricketers with long test careers and short ones": a hae ma doots. The chap with the long career may well feel much more confident and powerful when negotiating with his county. Ditto the Nobelist with his university - hell, at Berkeley they even get ther own parking, don't they?


Why do you think longevity is a good thing. Having lots of friends and living a long time means going to lots of funerals.

Innocent Abroad

What's lacking is an analysis of longevity against friendship networks. I'm not sure that it's possible to have more than say a dozen truly close friends - friendship requires a time investment and that's a fixed commodity.

I would hope that close friendship does more for self-esteem than a large circle of acquaintances, but I wouldn't necessarily expect that to be true.

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