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“People seldom improve when they have no other role model but themselves to copy.” – Oliver Goldsmith, an 18th-century Anglo-Irish novelist, playwright, and poet best known for his novel ‘The Vicar of Wakefield’. Goldsmith’s words remind us of the profound impact role models have on our personal growth. Without someone to look up to, our progress and self-improvement can be limited.

The importance of role models cannot be overstated. But how do we ensure we’re looking up to the right people? Here are some actionable steps to guide you in selecting the best role models:

  • Self-Reflection: Understand your goals and where you want to go in life. This will help you identify someone who aligns with your personal and professional objectives.
  • Close Proximity: Famous figures can inspire, but real-life role models offer tangible examples. You don’t know how a celebrity treats service workers. Do they treat them with empathy and respect? You don’t know! Consider parents, teachers, coaches, or community members who’ve made a positive impact on your life.
  • Multiple role models: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Embrace the strengths of various individuals, learning from their successes and their mistakes.
  • Consistency in Values: Ensure your role models resonate with your core beliefs. It’s crucial that they don’t lead you astray from your moral compass.
  • Diversity: Seek inspiration from a range of individuals, each excelling in different industries or backgrounds. This provides a holistic approach to personal development.
  • Periodically Re-evaluate: As you evolve, so might your need for different role models. Regularly assess if your current inspirations still align with your growth trajectory.

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“I think a role model is a mentor – someone you see on a daily basis, and you learn from them.” -Denzel Washington. The acclaimed actor’s words highlight the essence of our discussion. Role models guide us, offering invaluable lessons from their experiences. By understanding our goals, seeking out those we personally know, embracing diversity in our role models, and periodically re-evaluating our choices, we can ensure that we’re always learning and growing from the best influences around us.

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