The importance of having a role model

A role model is someone that other people look up to and desire to be like, either in the present or near future. As a young person, you’re probably going through a journey of self-discovery; finding and developing your own identity. So, having someone to look up to, that will be a positive influence in your life, is necessary. Here are a few reasons why having a role model is important: 

Their story could inspire you to keep going 

We all go through a rough patch at some point in life and having a role model that has overcome their obstacles and made a success out of their lives is inspiring. Someone like that has the ability to change your outlook on certain issues.

If you look up to someone who shares the same struggles or comes from the same background, they make you feel like you can overcome anything. Role models are great inspirations, especially if they come from hard background. Take Oprah or Nelson Mandela for example – they both came from hardship and ended up becoming great leaders. This is why so many people look up to them. 

They might inspire you to adopt healthy habits 

The more you learn about someone you admire, the more you learn about the things that make them successful. These things could be patience, compassion or discipline. When you look up to someone, chances are, you want to be like them. When it comes to positive role models, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If wanting to be like someone means adopting their good habits then a role model is definitely a good person to have in your life. 

They encourage you to achieve your goals

Knowing that there is someone out there who made their dreams come true no matter what they faced could very well inspire you to do the same. Looking at their success could make you want to work hard to make sure that you also accomplish the things you want to accomplish.

Many celebs have other role models that they looked up to, and when you really think about it – it makes sense. They also needed people to look up to and aspire to be like. For example, Bonang Matheba’s role model is Beyonce. It’s no wonder she’s known as SA’s Queen B. 

It’s good to have someone to look up to, who will inspire you to achieve your dreams. Wanting to be like someone doesn’t mean wanting to do everything that they do or be exactly as they are. It could simply mean wanting to be as successful as them or wanting to accomplish your dreams like them.

Of course your role model doesn’t have to be a celebrity, doesn’t have to be one person and you don’t have to admire everything about them. Your role model could be your dad because he is kind, your mom because she is tough and your grandmother because she is is confident. As long as your role model is a positive influence in your life. 

Do you have a role model or role models you look up to? Let me know in the comments below. 

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