Post by Count Arkanus on Oct 24, 2015 11:55:05 GMT -5
Greetings All! Here's a question for you.
"Heroes and Role-models" - what are your thoughts on these concepts? Do you think that they are important things to have, to motivate and inspire us onward? Do you not consider them important at all? Perhaps you even think that there are ways in which holding others up as "examples to emulate" could be detrimental and a "bad thing"?
Role models are and were always important for me ... be it for guidance or, looking at the other direction, learning what it does to me if I follow the "wrong" path (which, I admit, can be sexy!). It still is absolutely important for me to be open for inspiration from others that help me reflect and unearth my personality. As for heroes ... without my childhood heroes, I wouldn't be the man I am now. I am lucky (at least I think so ) for having had the right share of rightous role models/heroes in my life!
Post by Nero Attoru on Oct 25, 2015 17:36:53 GMT -5
“Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” - Otto von Bismarck
Seems to fit the idea of learning the right path from role models. I try to help my fencers learn from my own mistakes, using the experiences I've had to put them on the right path so they don't have to make those errors themselves. We tend to do that here as well, as the Apprentices progress through their training. To me, it seems far easier to teach others having made so many mistakes (helps you notice all those potential issues).
Post by Orinthias, Honor Guardian on Oct 25, 2015 20:04:57 GMT -5
Heroes and role-models are everywhere. They don't need to be paragons of virtue, sanctified beings, or people who sacrifice everything. My 7th grade Grammar teacher was my hero for years. My first Gunnery Sergeant was, too. They both taught me life lessons that I live to this day. I feel that anyone can be a hero, simply by being there.
To answer your question, I feel a hero or role-model is someone who exemplifies what a student wants to become. The positive with having a role-model is that the student can follow their example and feel like they are doing what is right. Many people give praise to their role-models for a long time, even after the role-model has passed from the role they once held.
The negative is that a person chooses their own role-model, elevating the role-model to that status. The student emulates the role-model, but this often can end badly when the role-model deviates from the behavior expected by the student. In some cases the student places blame on the role-model for making such bad choices.
In the end, the student is responsible. The student chose the role-model, chose to act like them, and in the end placed an expectation of perfection on said person. I don't feel that role-models are bad in any way, as long as the student can remember that their role-model is human, imperfect, and subject to change without notice.
Robert "Orinthias" McKinney Guardian of Honor TPLA LX Apprentice
A big thing to remember with role models, as much as the student chooses the role model, you can't stop someone from choosing you as a role model.... sometimes you may never known you are one.
I guess the point i am getting at is that you don't know the impact you can have on others. Whether you are a student, or a leader, you can positively or negatively influnence those around you. Something to keep in mind with your choices every day.
I've had a number of role models / people I look to for inspiration in my life.
I've learned that while it is good to have someone to look to for guidance and inspiration, it's not good to rely on it.
Having a role model is interesting that way, and trick is to avoid making him or her a paragon. Following the example of someone you respect is a great way to further yourself in life, professionally and personally, but it's key to remember that role models are human too. If there's a thought in your mind about a particular action he or she took, reconsider it and ask them about it if necessary. You'll find that they often will have a reason for it, or sometimes admit that they made a mistake and regret it.
If there's one thing I've learned since graduating college, it's that we're all just going about life pretending like we know what we're doing. Sometimes we get it right, and sometimes we don't, but the trick to gaining wisdom is helping each other learn along the way.
A hero is someone that does something good "heroic" for someone else. Be it an individual or society in general. Being a hero does not automaticaly make youba role model. But puts you in a position to be verry ateactive to be chosen as a role model.
A role model is chosen by the individual as someone to emulate.
For example the stranger that stoped his car to help me push my car out of the way when it broke down was a hero for me at the moment. He was not for the guy behind him honking his horn. Would I choose hom as my role model definitiveley. Batman is universaly accepted as a hero but I would not choose him as a role model. His specific style of vigilantism justice does not suit my taste. Spiderman on the other hand... yes. "With great power comes great responsibility" words I try to live by. All public servants to me are heros. Firefighters, law enforcement, MILITARY. but not all would be my role models because I choose doferent paths to what they do. My old man. He is my ultimate hero and role model. Im an old man myself 38. But to this day I strove every day to live a life as righteous and selfless as he did. He passed some time ago and I still consult to hos memory whenever Im faced with a togh choice.
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