Who Are Your Role Models?

We all have role models in our lives. There are people we look up to, or people we model ourselves after. Who are yours, and why?

There can be many things a person might do to earn your appreciation.

Some people idolize sports figures. In particular, sports figures who have a larger impact than in the arena of athletics. If someone can kick, throw, or hit a ball well, they might be a star. But if they also donate to charity, speak up for underprivileged communities, or otherwise use their platform to try and make the world a better place, they might earn even more fans.

Musicians, through their music, might speak to common issues, and do so in a particularly compelling way. Someone who observes the human condition and can effectively communicate it to others is worthy of praise. That also might describe authors, or artists in general.

Celebrities, religious figures, politicians, and other people who are in the public eye also can be role models.

And, or course, there are people who are not otherwise famous, but who might have a big impact on you: a parent, say, or a teacher. A friend, family member, or mentor.

Is there anyone who you would classify as a role model? What traits do you think are necessary in one?

Related questions: What is the kindest thing someone has done for you? What gives a person value? How much power does an individual have? Have you ever had a mentor? Been a mentor? Who was your best teacher?