I would personally say that my role models in my life consist of my Great Aunt and my Mother. I consider these two women to be my role models because they both raised me and have attributes that I inspire to have or to be.
My mother in particular is always persistent, independent, and optimistic; she is willing to take risks and dream big. At her current age my Mom is still working to acquire all her dreams and making sure that my sisters and I create and acquire all of ours. One thing that I can say about my Mother is that she has always vouched for our family, regardless of the circumstances.
Meanwhile, my Great Aunt is my role model, because she maintains the family. She is the backbone and historian of our family and keeps us sane and going strong. I can say that she values the idea of family and I admire that the most about her. In addition, I might even mention my Dad as my role model, because he acquires the values, which are core to my everyday life; one being punctuality and the second being maintaining a job and supporting yourself. My Dad is a hardworking man and probably as honest as they come and that’s important to me, especially when you’re dealing with a world as chaotic as this one.
To specifically describe great characteristics of a role model, I might say that is dependent on personal opinion. A role model is someone that you don’t necessarily aspire to be, but someone that has traits or values you aspire to have; whether it is independence, or punctuality. The characteristic of your role model depends entirely on you and the path you depend on taking in your future. In addition, those role model characteristics also depend on how you want the world to perceive you. For example if you want to be perceived as a kind giving person, you won’t have a role model whose characteristics are perceived as self-centered and greedy.
I personally don’t feel like a role model is needed in order to succeed in life. Maybe thus far you have failed to identify anyone or haven’t met the right person who you would consider to be a role model. Being role model less, doesn’t make you a directionless, disoriented human being, it just means that no one has had that privilege of being so vital to your life. One thing that can rectify not having a role model, would be knowing who you don’t want to be like and what values you don’t want to have. Identifying what you don’t want makes it easier to find what you do want, and kind of creates a standard or bar of acceptance. Having a role model is cool, but not having one is cool too because at least you know you have standards and you know what you don’t want to be and who don’t want to have around.