A wise man once told me “A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them and strong enough to correct them.” I believe a role model best quality is represented in that quotes above. I think that sums up my definition of a leader. Role models in my opinion are someone who not necessarily someone who is outspoken, or is the leader or the president of an organization, but is someone who moves quietly in the night, for lack of a better term, and is someone who is mostly seen but rarely heard. They proceed to talk only when necessary. They come, get their work done, promptly and efficiently and then leave. They are the people who are always cognizant that their actions not only affect themselves but leave an impression on the world, our own carbon footprint, so to speak. To say that all things are interconnected is an understatement. Really, everything you do, say, and think is part of the whole and, in some way, affects not only yourself, but everyone and everything else.
I have a lot of role models in my life. I take lessons from all of them and use them to help guide my life in an attempt to be at least half as successful as them. They didn’t choose to be a role model, a leader, it just happened. Through certain aspects of my life, during the times when I was down, and my outlook at life seemed bleak, I sought out my counselor in college to help me through those difficult times. Without him, I wouldn’t be the man I am today. He was my “saving grace” as I alluded to before. He isn’t the flashiest of guys. He most certainly isn’t the most outspoken or courageous of the bunch. However, he was the most level headed, the most influential person I met, the most genuine individual I am blessed to know. Though my time in college is drawing to an end, I foresee my relationship with him to continue to blossom and continue to thrive until the end of time. I respect him as a counselor, as a friend, but most importantly as a man and a human being.
The second most influential role model in my life, not to sound egoistical, but is myself. From where I came from, from the path I was going down, to the path where I’m going now, I look at myself as a role model. I use my past experience to motivate myself to never go down that path again. I use my past experiences to make sure none of you go down that destructive path. If I can reach out and touch one person life and help them change for the better, life will be that much better. It’s not enough being “awesome” and doing “awesome” things (sorry, I really couldn’t think of a better word lol) if you can’t share in awesomeness with others. The world doesn’t revolve around you. I thought I was poor, and then I went abroad and saw death. Not just people dying due to shootings and stabbings but people dying because of lack of vaccines and lack of food… something we should be entitled to, something that should be a basic necessity. That being said, to wrap up my idea of a role model… role models should put others people before themselves, and genuinely care about the safety, the happiness, and the health of others.