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Who were your role models growing up?

When I was younger I didn't really have any. I have no older brother and my dad wasn't really around much. The best I could muster was to try and emulate characters I liked on tv.

My graphics teacher was kind of a role model to me in college. But then he left and I didn't really have anyone again. Which I think probably contributed to me nearly dropping out of college.

So what about you?
 

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My first real role model that I can remember was Tupac Shakur. Even though he was long gone shortly after I was born, I still grew up with his music and all his media appearances. Now though, he is just one of a few. I don't really look up to anyone in my family as a role model, I wish I did though.
 

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i wish i had a role model, my only role model is in my imagination, i wish i had a physical role model though.
 

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I would say that my grand mother sticks out the most, she was the committed one always helping others. If you visited her house you were going to eat something. She had not much money, but always seemed to have what others needed. In addition, she loved animals, raised strays that other would drop off at her house. Before she passed away she had over 50 cats and 1 dog, what a blessing to others and a fabulous role model.
 

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I guess my main role model growing up was my mom at first, but eventually I stopped looking up to her and basically had no real role model, just people who have come and gone who have influenced me somehow, but there is no one who I completely wanted to be like.
 

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My first role model was JK Rowling, because I would dream all day of my writing becoming the next Harry Potter.
Then in middle school I became fascinated with Gandhi, and to this day he's still my ideal person.
 

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probably Obi Wan.

I don't think anyone stood out for me enough in real life.
 

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my dad, he taught me alot about life and not the the normal life lesson most people got. my dad gave me his pessimistic views on life, told me that people are just out to rip me off, that i can only rely on myself. my dad had a really hard life. he came here from Portugal and they had nothing, they killed wild birds to survive when they first got here, and n general they just did what they had to. he's always been poor but he spends his money wisely, never went into debt and is really generous to me when h'es got money. he's not very strict and his only rule is not lying. he hates yelling can't stand abusive parents. on the flip side he isn't forgiving, and he has pretty harsh views sometimes(he dosen't donate to charity because"noone ever fucking stuck a hand out to me"). i really respect my dad i think he's badass, like an antihero from alot of movies, and msot of all he accepts my Introversion
 

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As a little girl - there weren't any other role model but my mom. She's still one great person through my eyes.
I don't have many certain role models though, there are just some certain features that I admire about certain people, so there is bunch of people that I something admire for.
But if I have to choose anyone certain, then Nelson Mandela is one fucking great man.
 

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i've always looked up to nick drake, james dean, leonardo da vinci, and my older half-brother...
 

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My grandmother. My grandfather died and left her with ten kids to look after, and as they moved out , they also spawned large families, eventually my grandmother became the matriarch of hundreds including great grand children. She was the calm in the eye of the storm as most of my relatives are pretty high strung and neurotic, haha.

I never felt comfortable around my immediate family or my relatives, I was introverted, seemingly calm and quiet and looked up to my grandmother for being able to keep her cool intelligence in the face of all the crazies that came to her with their problems. She never faltered or got angry with some of the crap that went on, just calmly stated what had to be done and moved on. She should have been the Prime Minister of my country ! :)
 

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I've never had a role model, and I'm not sure I ever really understood the need for one. However having read some of the role models you guys have had in your family makes me think I missed out.
 

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my dad, he taught me alot about life and not the the normal life lesson most people got. my dad gave me his pessimistic views on life, told me that people are just out to rip me off, that i can only rely on myself. my dad had a really hard life. he came here from Portugal and they had nothing, they killed wild birds to survive when they first got here, and n general they just did what they had to. he's always been poor but he spends his money wisely, never went into debt and is really generous to me when h'es got money. he's not very strict and his only rule is not lying. he hates yelling can't stand abusive parents. on the flip side he isn't forgiving, and he has pretty harsh views sometimes(he dosen't donate to charity because"noone ever fucking stuck a hand out to me"). i really respect my dad i think he's badass, like an antihero from alot of movies, and msot of all he accepts my Introversion
Good for you. I actually think it's important for men to have a strong male role model in their life, to inspire them to be better men. I had a good relationship with my dad up till around the time I was about 14, then he had this chronic addiction to pornography and would spend every single spare second on it, and after a while our relationship got strained, and I kind of lost respect for him. But he did teach me a lot during my formative years.

I would say my all round role model would be Lance Armstrong. To me he is the embodiment of what I want to be: dedicated, hardworking, strong, lots of perseverance... and giving his life to an amazing cause he believes in - cancer awareness and treatment.
 
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Honestly? My parents. They definitely have their flaws (especially my mum) but they are two of the most fundamentally honest and good people I know. My mum has somewhat out there and innovative academic ideas that she stands up for and fights for. She is also a doctor that really, really cares for her patients (a rarity in the profession, as hard as that is to believe) and has always worked for the most disadvantaged and in need people where ever we have lived (right now she's working as a youth prison doctor in Ireland). My dad has insane ethical standards and is ridiculously selfless and caring towards others. He's so intelligent and ridiculous and encourages me to think for myself and never pushes me to believe what he believes.

I've realized that I tend to bring up my parents quite a lot on this site, but I can't help myself. It's only in the last year or so that I've truly understood how good my parents are and how much their general attitude has affected me.
 

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In general I don't like to believe in role models. I am me and I don't need to try to act as anyone else. I will say though my German teacher is currently one of the greatest people in the world.
 
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