What makes a good role model

A good role model - Jesse Owens
A good role model – Jesse Owens

Stephen Hawking, Kyle Maynard, Jesse Owens, Steve Jobs and Barack Obama, among others, are known as the good role models in the world who are able to inspire others. There are many qualities to make a good role model. Among these qualities, I think that the ability to overcome obstacles and passion are the most important ones.

As Booker T. Washington, who was one of the foremost African-American leaders of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, once said, “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome”. For instance, Kyle Maynard, who was born with arms that end at the elbows and legs near the knees, overcome the difficulty and wrestled for one of the best teams, setting records in weightlifting. He continues to inspire as the author of his book, No Excuses (2005), a New York Times bestseller. Not surprisingly, we admire people who show us that success is possible. Accordingly, they are the good examples for us to learn.

Besides, in my opinion, a good role model must show passion for their work and have the capacity to infect others with their passion. In an article with the title “The passion of Steve Jobs” in the New York Times, Jobs’ love of simplicity fuelled a simple design revolution. Therefore, I believe that the passion could help young people to form a dream. As Steve Jobs said that “people with passion can change the world”.

In short, a good role model plays an important role in inspiring us to learn,  in helping us understand that positive values can be lived each day. Therefore, a good role model must have passion and the ability to overcome obstacles.


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