Do you have a sibling, boss or teacher to whom you go when you need advice? Then you have a role model – someone you trust to lead you in the right direction when you need help or inspiration. Actors, actresses, those in the entertainment business, public figures and athletes who exhibit talents and views that others connect with are often seen as role models, and individuals often aspire to be like them.
What is a role model?
A role model could be your hero, your example, your superstar. You may have a role model in your life and not know that they are.
Role models are passionate and able to inspire. They have a clear set of values and a vision for the future. Their commitment to community makes them other-focused rather than self-focused individuals. They tend to be very accepting of others and are selfless when giving their time and energy. Mentors don’t see problems; they see challenges to overcome, mountains to climb and games to win. Who wouldn’t want to be like them?
Popular Quotes by Role Models
Many role models quotes are showcased in magazines, books, on TV and the internet. When accomplished, successful role models speak, people listen.
John Wooden, aka the “Wizard of Westwood” led UCLA to win ten NCAA national championships during his 12-year tenure a couch had this to say about being a good role model.
“Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating…too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life.”
“Happiness begins where selfishness ends.”
“Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.”
― John Wooden, Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court
Similarly, singer and songwriter Clay Aiken understands his role as a celebrity:
“I know this is going to sound cheesy and like I’m trying to be Miss America, but the most important responsibility a celebrity has is to set an example and be a role model.”
Female role models
There are so many women who have established themselves in different fields and therefore deserve to be regarded as role models. For example, Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiographical novel, “The Bell Jar”, shed light on mental illness before doing so was popular or mainstream. Audrey and Katherine Hepburn became good role models to millions of women over their years in the film industry. Their beauty, independent natures and innovations in a male-driven world have lived long after their deaths.
Angelina Jolie, a leading, strong example in a new era of celebrity role models and her humanitarian acts, has been an inspiration to women across the globe. There are women in our own communities who are role models to their peers, at government entities, businesses, non-profit organizations, churches, community organizations, homeless shelters and almost anywhere.
They are not always easy to recognize, and it may take time for you to realize that they exhibit characteristics of role models today, but they are there if you know what to look for.
Learning to be a Role Model Yourself
There is no age limit to being a role model. We see acts of heroism from the very young ones who have the common sense to call 911 when it is necessary. Then we have the oldest heroes, some of whom fought for their nations’ freedoms.
Whether young or old, male or female, there are people around you that aspire to be role models and mentors to those they meet. Taking their lessons, teaching them yourself and becoming a role model is possible if your desire and passion are strong enough to overcome the obstacles that you might find in your path along the journey.
As for teens and young adults, your teachers, bosses and peers could be your role models. They are those who go a step beyond and try a little harder in their selfless endeavors to help others along their way. Recognizing the qualities in these qualities in the people you meet can help you to become more like them and pay the lessons forward as you learn them yourself.
Find a Role Model
You run into role models everyday. Those you look up to needn’t be Hollywood movie stars or Heisman trophy winners. They only need to have the qualities of someone who selflessly gives of their knowledge, time or resources to help others.
The teacher who goes above and beyond with students within their classrooms to help them grasp complex subjects is a good example. It could also be the local little league coach giving up their extra time to work with young athletes. Find a role model and get inspired today.