Author: Allen Bobinac
A role model is a person who is looked up to by someone else. A role model is someone that inspires people with their behaviour, success, personality, achievements, athleticism, carrier or other qualities that they are admired for.
As we get older we realize that for the majority of us are idols are our friends, family, teachers or coaches but it’s not unusual to have other idols in our childhood or in our adolescence. The majority of kids and teenagers have idols from the world of sports and entertainment because they see them every day in the media and kind of form a relationship with them. When those people meet their idols in real life they tend to disappoint. This puts pressure on people in our lives that are supposed to be a role model to someone to be more like the characters that we see on the screen, not realizing that those characters are usually not as they seem to be.
So what is a good role model? A good role model is a is a person who lives a life of integrity, discipline, someone with a healthy lifestyle and good work ethic and determination.
Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D said in her article for Psychology today that we all need role models to motivate and inspire us. She said that those individuals have high ethical or moral values are typically not the people whose stories make it to the press or social media. When it comes to kids they imitate the behaviour that someone gets praised for. For example in a certain environment, an aggressive person can be looked up to by younger people. For example being a young black person that’s from the ghetto it’s most probable that that person is surrounded with hip-hop/ rap culture where “macho” behaviour is recognized to be “the standard role model behaviour”.
On the importance of role models, Mark Thomas said for HEALTHGUIDANCE.ORG that parents are the most likely role models. In a study from 2014 Pediatrics from New York came to a finding that the longer that parents smoke the more likely is for the kids to start smoking too. The kids whose parents were smoke are 10 times more likely to become regular smokers themselves.
I think the best reason to have a role model is they can provide a model for living and for getting what we want. Every person that has accomplished what we want has already laid a blueprint for us to follow. Let’s say you want to be an actor, there has been so many before you that wanted to become a big name in the film industry. Following their blueprint first you will have to go to drama school and get experience in acting, you will have to do a few plays to get gain comfort in acting in front of larger groups of people. You will need to get an agent and go to auditions. You will have to work on your acting day and night and stay in good shape until someone notices you and you get your first brake through. If that happens the rest is up to you. But rest assured that some will look up to you.
I always think part of success is being able to replicate results, taking what is interesting or viable about yourself as a professional person and seeing if you bring it into different situations with similar results. Robert Downey Jr.
Whoever you look up to will influence your life, one way or another.