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What is a role model?

A role model is someone whose behavior you admire and who has qualities that you want to develop or make part of your life. You can find a role models in friends, family members, teachers, mentors, coaches, and even celebrities. A good role model will have the characteristics and behaviors that you want to emulate. As the sports star Michael Jordan once said “I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.”

Some people would say that having a celebrity role model isn’t a good idea because celebrities are always in the public eye; they are under scrutiny by the media 24/7 and can sometimes behave badly. The point here is to choose someone who has qualities that you admire and that inspire you to be your best version of yourself – whether it’s your favorite sports star or your grandmother!

Try to find people to whom you relate.

If you are looking for a role model, try to find people to whom you relate. The best way to start is by understanding your own strengths and weaknesses. Then, look for a role model who is similar to you or keeps balance in your life by being different from you. You may also want to consider a role model of the same gender as you or someone of a different gender.

You can look up to people you know.

You might already know of a person who’s worth looking up to. This could be a family member, teacher, colleague, or friend. It could also be someone you see on social media or in the news; for example, a celebrity or athlete. To find out more about them:

  • Do your research. Search online for information about their achievements.
  • Consider their characteristics and how they influence others.
  • Talk to people they know and respect—what do they think of this person?

You can look up to people you don’t know.

You can also look up to people you don’t know. Maybe it’s someone famous whose work inspires you, or a historical figure who changed the world in some way. Learning about the life of someone you admire can be very inspiring and help you see how they overcame challenges.

How to find your role model:

  • Find someone who is doing something positive for the world and trying to make it a better place.
  • Write down a list of qualities that you think are important for being a good role model, such as honesty and integrity.
  • Be careful about looking at movie stars or sports figures as your role model because they may not be honest or have integrity in their lives outside of what they are paid to do.

Go on social media and search for role models.

Social media is a great place to find role models. Think of people who inspire you or have inspired you in the past, and then do some digging. Look for influencers who promote positive values and attitudes, and stay away from negative influences that don’t support your growth as a person.

Find a role model that inspires you.

It is important to have a role model that inspires you. Your role model could be someone who is doing something positive or inspiring that you would like to do as well. For example, if your goal is to become a musician, then listening to music by professional musicians and researching the lives of famous musicians will help you find a good role model in this field. Your role model could also be someone who is an expert in your field of interest and can provide helpful advice or guidance on how to achieve success in this area. For example, if you want to write a book, finding an author whose writing style and approach to publishing books you admire may inspire you.

Find someone who is doing something positive with their life.

Find someone who is doing something positive with their life. Look for the average person—someone who is not famous or wealthy, but lives a life of purpose and meaning. They might be cleaning up a beach every Saturday morning, helping to feed the homeless at a local soup kitchen, or volunteering at an animal shelter. You may even have someone like this in your family!

The important thing is that they are actively working on making the world better. Learn from them and take inspiration from them by deciding to follow in their footsteps by becoming a volunteer yourself.

You can find friends, family members, coworkers, and even strangers to use as role models when you need help finding your path.

You may be able to find role models in a variety of people that you encounter throughout your life. This can include your friends and family, coworkers, teachers, coaches, or even strangers. 

Think about the people who inspire you.

  •  Who do you look up to? 
  • Who do you admire? 
  • Are there individuals that have achieved what you would like to achieve? 

These are all potential role models for you because their success has inspired you in some way.

Look for people who are not afraid to try new things and who have a positive attitude and outlook on life. These types of individuals will be strong role models for you as they embark on new adventures and challenges.

Top 11 roles models to follow  

1. Albert Einstein

When do you think of genius, what immediately comes to mind? I’ll bet it’s a little man with wild white hair and a huge mustache, maniacally giggling as he runs down the street on his way to some great discovery. If this is the case for you, then the first face that popped into your head was undoubtedly one of Albert Einstein. 

As one of the most prolific scientists of all time and the founder of several revolutionary theories, Einstein’s contributions to modern physics are unparalleled. His theory of relativity—both special and general—has provided us with an understanding of energy, mass, gravity, and space-time that is not only more accurate than any previous model but also more beautiful in its simplicity. 

  • He has received honorary doctorates from Oxford University and Princeton University; 
  • Won the Nobel Prize in Physics; 
  • Written books including “Relativity: The Special and General Theory” (1916) and “The World As I See It” (1934); 
  • Founded the Hebrew University in Jerusalem; 
  • Been awarded Time magazine’s “Person of the Century”; 
  • Had buildings named after him at Princeton University; 
  • Been declared a National Historic Landmark by President Carter; 
  • Won Germany’s highest civilian honor; 

Appeared on postage stamps both domestically and internationally…the list goes on.

2. Bill Gate

Gates is the former CEO and current chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal computer software company. Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution.

Gates has been criticized for his business tactics; however, this criticism has faded as he has devoted much time to philanthropy in recent years.

3. Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg. As a co-founder of Facebook, Zuckerberg commands a presence within the tech industry that no one else can match. His engineering and business acumen has made him one of the most successful people of this century, and his open personality has allowed him to be a role model for countless other entrepreneurs around the world. Multiple movies have been created about his life and millions of people have been inspired by his story in particular and by entrepreneurship in general him.

4. Elon Musk

You may not be planning to build rockets and electric cars or colonize Mars anytime soon, but there are many lessons you can learn from Elon Musk. His achievements are staggering, especially if you consider that he didn’t inherit his wealth—he made it himself starting with nothing. 

What’s more, is that he doesn’t just coast on his past successes but continually reinvents himself to stay at the forefront of innovation in multiple industries. We all know that Elon Musk is the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, founder of OpenAI, and overall a great guy. But did you know that he also has an exciting life? 

He’s interesting to read about! And he’s a great communicator.

5. Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman was a great physicist born in New York. He won a Nobel prize in physics and taught at CalTech. Everyone agrees that he was a great teacher, and he wrote several books on science to help make it easier to learn.

6. Larry Page

Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, is one of the greatest minds in modern science. He has worked tirelessly to make artificial intelligence a reality. By creating a system that can assimilate and organize vast amounts of data, he has changed the world as we know it.

7. Mahatma Gandhi

The original peacemaker, Mahatma Gandhi was a lawyer and activist best known for leading the Indian independence movement against British rule. He advocated non-violent civil disobedience as a means to achieving political and social progress, a tactic that his contemporaries Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela would later adopt to great effect in the United States and South Africa respectively. In the country whose birth he inspired, Gandhi’s birthday is annually celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence.

8. Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is one of the most-admired public figures in the world, and his life has so much to teach us. A lawyer who was imprisoned for 27 years for fighting for equal rights in South Africa, Mandela was released from prison in 1990. In 1994 he became the first black president of South Africa, a position he held until 1999. Because Mandela is such an important leader in the fight against racism, his birthday is celebrated as a public holiday in South Africa — Nelson Mandela day was established by the UN General Assembly and takes place on July 18th each year.

9. Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa is one of the most famous people to have ever lived, but you may not know all there is to know about her. She was born in Skopje, Macedonia on August 26, 1910 and this world would never be the same after her arrival. She died on September 5th 1997.

Mother Teresa was known for founding Missionaries of Charity (her order) and for her unconditional love for the poor and needy. She received numerous awards during her life including a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, an honor she shared with Iran’s foreign minister at the time, Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif; an Indian woman who had also won a prize for advocating peace and women’s rights by ending child marriages in India. Her work with children inspired many people around the world including myself!

10. Steve Jobs

The American businessman and father of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs, was one of the greatest innovators, leaders and communicators the world has ever seen. He had strong charisma and vision that attracted people to follow him. He was a great thinker who could simplify things in a way that everyone can understand. His work inspired all other technological companies to step up their games and change the world with technology. His ability to motivate people together is what sets him apart as a role model for entrepreneurs today.

11. Malala Yousafzai

In 2009, when she was eleven years old, Malala Yousafzai began writing a blog for the BBC about her experiences living in Swat Valley, Pakistan. She wrote about how the Taliban had banned girls from attending school and how she dreamed of becoming a doctor someday. She signed the blog by her pseudonym Gul Makai. In 2012, at age fifteen, Malala was shot by the Taliban. Her story made international headlines, and in 2014 she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her work promoting children’s education worldwide (Malala Fund). Even though she continues to fight this fight every day—and even though as a teenager you may feel like you can’t do anything to make a difference in this world—you can still learn from Malala’s example and become an agent of change yourself!

By John Gurung

A former software developer who is now a blogging enthusiast. A true digital nomad.

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