There’s power in numbers. Yes, it’s a catchphrase, a popular, uniting tagline. But for many of us, it’s a necessity. As members of a global community, we have a responsibility to one another on an individual level.
“Each person must live their life as a model for others,” is a famous quote from Rosa Parks. She took a stand against discrimination by not moving to the back of the bus in 1955. She was an ordinary person at the time, but her actions inspired millions during the civil rights movement in the United States.
Anyone can be a role model and influence the people around them. Whether you know it or not, chances are someone is looking up to you.
Some of the most successful people attribute their accomplishments to positive role models, coaches or mentors in their lives who provided guidance or motivation.
The 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu won the U.S. Open in 2019, becoming the first Canadian to win a major tennis competition. Andreescu said growing up she was inspired by tennis legend Serena Williams, whom she ultimately beat in the U.S Open championship match.
While reflecting over your life, I’m sure you can think of at least one person who has made a lasting impression on you. You’re probably thinking of that person right now. They can be an admirable person in your life whom you respect professionally, or a loved one you trust who is a great source for advice.
Role models encourage us to make the most out of our lives as they have. Whether it is the author of your favourite book, who inspired you to hone your skills in writing, or a sports coach whom you strived to impress every time you hit the field.
Sometimes our first role models are our parents or another close relative. As we grow out of the nurture stage, a parent encourages desired behaviors and continues to impart wisdom.
As we get older, a teacher may take on the role of a mentor. Teachers enrich their own experience as educators by mentoring their students through their academic journey. Often, business owners look to mentors to model their entrepreneurial efforts.
Role models show up in many aspects of our lives and help to champion growth. They provide insight into who we are as people and what we hope to achieve. They offer a standard by which we can measure self-improvement.
Most of the time, our mentors don’t know the impact they have on us.
Why not reach out to the role models in your life and tell them how much they meant to you. Challenge yourself to contact a role model even if they are no longer in your life. Tell them what you learned from them and how much you appreciate their leadership.
Spread the word to your family and friends. Invite them to do the same with their role models, and let’s create a wave of appreciation.
You can message your role models on social media, find them in the yellow pages or write an email.
Make a sincere effort to reach out to your role models, who knows, maybe someone might reach out to you.