Whether we know it or not just about every adult is a role model of one sort or another. Somebody, somewhere looks to you for inspiration.
The question is whether we are a positive role model or a negative role model.
Do people look at you and shake their heads and think “wow, I hope I never act like that” or do they look at you and think “Wow, that is who I want to be when I grow up!”
The challenge is we don’t always know the answer to that question.
Here’s a good example:
For years there was a very famous NBA basketball player in my area that has more God given talent for the game than any 10 other players in the same league. He could play the game at a level that only a small handful have ever played at! His problem? He was conceited. He didn’t think he needed to go to practice, listen to his coach, fulfill the requirements of his contract or obey the laws of this country. He felt he was exempt from all of that mundane stuff because of his talent.
While he was playing for the local team his jersey was the hottest selling item on the market for males under 18. Why? Because he grew up in one of the poorest areas in the country and had “made it.” He was making millions of dollars a year and the youth were enamored with him.
Adults on the other hand, wanted nothing to do with him and quietly wished that there kids would forget that he existed.
The opposite example:
Michael Jordan holds just about every single record that exists in pro basketball. He is a quiet, respectful, honest person who cares about his image and his environment. He cares about what the youth thinks of him and portrays the image of an honest, hard working person who knows that he isn’t above the law.
Obviously most of us aren’t on the same level publically as these two examples but we are all role models to somebody. Are you like Michael Jordan or are you like the first person I mentioned?
If you are here at this website it’s because you want more out of life, you want to be a better person and have more…this is an important area of being better.
Other people’s perception of you and what type of role model you are perceived to be has a large effect on your progress in the area of self-improvement. “No man is an island, Jack” as the saying goes!
When other people look up to you, like being around you and listen when you speak it affects how you feel about yourself.
So how we do we become a worthy role model? Try these steps:
1. Think before you speak.
2. Think about what you are doing and how a 9 year old will perceive it.
3. Go out of your way to be nice.
4. Don’t be afraid to speak out against something that is wrong.
5. Live with a higher purpose.
You can boil it all down to the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Live by that rule, embrace it, make it your most prevalent thought and you will be that worthy role model.