The Official Role Model Oath
"You've got to be careful whom you pattern yourself after
because you're likely to become just like them."
-- Rich Mayo
"Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality,
whose example you determine to follow,
in private as well as in public."
"If I am walking with two other men,
each of them will serve as my teacher.
I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them,
and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself."
"You don't have to know people personally
for them to be role models.
Some of my most important role models
were historical or literary figures
that I only read about --
never actually met."
-- John Wilson
"Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings,
so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for."
"The most important role models in people's lives, it seems,
aren't superstars or household names.
They're 'everyday' people who quietly set examples for you --
coaches, teachers, parents.
People about whom you say to yourself,
perhaps not even consciously, 'I want to be like that.' "
-- Tim Foley
"Some of the most important people in my life
would be shocked to learn that they were role models.
They weren't celebrities, or even particularly accomplished.
But they had some quality that I admired,
that made me want to be like them."
-- Donn Moomaw
"If you dream the proper dreams,
and share the myths with people,
they will want to grow up to be like you."
-- Ray Bradbury
"My theory is that most really successful people
are fueled by an insecurity of some kind,
a perceived lack in themselves that they're trying to overcome.
I don't mean this in a negative way.
Insecurity can be a great motivator.
The problem is, you achieve something,
and suddenly you're a role model.
And you know what?
I've never met a so-called role model
who really felt that he or she was deserving of the title!"
-- Kermit Washington
"One of the daunting things about being an achiever in any field
is that suddenly you have the power to influence people.
Some sports heroes say, 'I don't want that responsibility.'
But that's the wrong reaction. The right reaction is,
'Okay, I've got some influence. How do I use it
to help someone else be successful too?' "
-- Tim Foley
"Each person must live their life as a model for others."
-- Rosa Parks