This is a very interesting topic. I'll tell you that I like to study successful people a lot. I didn't pay too much attention to it consciously for a long time, but recently I've realized how much I love to read about successful people.
My role models are strength&conditioning coaches/fitness trainers, because that is the field I am in, that is who I want to become. I have become Facebook friends with a lot of coaches, read their articles and books.
What have I gained from having them as my role models? Methods of how they train their athletes/clients, how they spend their time, how they write, how they communicate with people, what projects they have going on. Strength&conditioning coaches aren't generally hugely famous, except perhaps the celebrity or TV trainers, so if I'm lucky I can even get one or two personal responses from them. One of my recent idols actually replied to my few questions until he finally told me that if I wanted to ask further questions, I'd have to pay his hourly fee of $250, because if he answered everyone's questions for free, he wouldn't have time for work.
I don't think that anyone is inherently destined to be someone. I believe that everyone's personality is actually the result of its contacts. Since I know that I can develop my personality and life, I want to do it by surrounding myself with great people. Obviously I won't be able to talk to very famous people personally, but I can still get a piece of their mindset through videos, books, and podcasts. Obviously, the best is to be able to talk to people you admire personally.
In a nutshell, things that I try to copy from my role models:
- System for training
- Desire for becoming the best at what they do/continuous education
- Passion for helping people
Last edited by Lifeisamazing; 07-30-2011 at 09:27 AM.