Role models are people you can look up to for ideas, encouragement and support. They are the people that have values that you aspire to have and appreciate. A role model can be anybody you respect and admire.
Who Can Be a Role Model
A role model doesn’t have to be a celebrity or somebody on TV. He or she can be someone you know, or someone you see doing good things. It just needs to be a person who inspires you. A role model can be a sibling, parent, coach, teacher, nurse, doctor, athlete, artist, writer or hard worker.
You can choose certain qualities you like about your role model. You can have more than one role model, too. You don’t have to copy them, but you can definitely learn from them.
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Be Your Own Person
Kids are growing -- inside and out -- so it’s alright to be confused or want to be like somebody else. Just remember, you are your own person. Don’t try to be exactly like others. Instead, look for good qualities and then make them your own. You have to learn things on your own, but role models can give you tips or inspiration.
Nobody’s perfect. Do your best to be yourself and find others with qualities you admire and can aspire to be like. Teaching and learning are two of the most important ways to find out about yourself and others.
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Authors: Katie Ransohoff, high school student writer
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Role Models on the Web, RoleModel.net.