WE ALL NEED ONE.
The Prince’s Trust youth index, found
that young people without a role model of the same gender are 67 per
cent more likely to be unemployed than their counterparts. This was
published on the daily mail on 30th December 2010. But who is a role
model. A role model is anyone who distinguishes themselves in a
way that others admire and want to emulate them . Based on this
definition, I thought it unfair to just pick one person write about
him/her because many people posses the said definition hence I will
write about the general qualities and in my opinion perhaps the most
important of all qualities that a role model must have. These are
bravery, humility and patience.
Each and every person that we look up to, whether they are famous
or not, must have the quality of bravery. Bravery is doing something
that other people would not feel comfortable doing . I feel it is quite
important because the only way one can inspire others is by
confronting their worst possible fears themselves first. This could
be voluntarily for example, a soldier may choose to join the army and
defend his/her country. It could also be circumstantial, for example, a
person may be afflicted with a terminal illness fights for their lives.
Either way, they need tremendous amount of recognition for their
Once people get acknowledged for a certain achievement, many
tend to get arrogant. They lack humility. This is what separates
other people from role models. For example, Lady Gaga whom I
personally look up to, recently went to the slums in Brazil to help
children in need. Many people look up to her due to her charitable
nature. The quality of humbleness is truly tested once you reach a
level of fame and wealth and is what truly separates real role models
and fake ones who do it for show.
The road to success is never easy. It requires patience. A quality that
has been overlooked severally. Patience is the ability to endure
tough situations persistently without giving up in order for you to
attain the goals . role models need to be patient so that they become
successful . For example, Morgan Freeman’s acting career did not
take off until he was 50 years old and he only won the golden globe
once he was 67 years old. If he was not patient he would have given
up and quit his acting career.
All role models are different in their own special way. But I feel
these are the most important qualities in defining a true role models