If you had to choose 1-2 people to emulate who would they be and why?
If you have ever answered this question or thought about it in the past, take a moment, revisit your values and perspectives...check if you'd suggest the same people.
Not sure there is anyone that I would like to emulate. You're unique. Why do you want to be a copy-cat? Try and aspire to your own self-fulfillment. Others can inspire you to do that but that doesn't mean emulating them. Each person has their own road to follow. There are people deemed a "success" and perhaps you want to achieve similar results. But whatever success you achieve, it will be yours not someone else's. Be like the sun and what is within you will warm the earth.
Jaime Escalante, the amazing high school teacher who taught inner-city students to pass the advanced placement calculus test.
Winston Churchill, the resolve, leadership and grace under fire displayed while facing annihilation during WWII was incredible. I strive to display the same character traits while I am under the gun.
It changes from time to time, currently I admire the designer Tom Ford. He managed to become wildly successful without having the correct credentials.
The one that doesn't change is my life partner. He is always upbeat no matter what challenge life throws at us, sometime by my side, sometimes watching my back, and other times out in front.
I can't just pick 1 or 2 - and it's corny to pick your parents or your siblings, so i'll pick an eclectic bunch of people I admire (in no particular order) -
FDR, Woodrow Wilson, Ben Franklin, Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandella, Buddha, Moses, Albert Einstein, Rosa Parks, Golda Meir, Sally Ride, MLK, Jerry West, Elvis, Dave Matthews, Socrates, Rihanna, Plato, Dr. Jack Levine, Tim Duncan, Darwin, Frederick Douglas, Amelia Earhart, Pharell, Pele, Christiano Ronaldo, Maradona, Da Vinci, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Dr. Janet Monge, Dana Kimmel, Dr. Carol Hersh, Ms. Michelle Sorise...
If I had to pick only two to emulate though it would probably be Henry Viscardi and Scottie Pollock - http://www.viscardicenter.org/news-events/news/viscardi-hosts-tournament.html - they do/did some pretty meaningful work there in difficult circumstances.
It's hard for me to do this because I can never fully understand the circumstances that they went through, but I respect all those people because they had to face adversity and in the face of adversity they didn't back down, they stood up for what they believed in (in their own special way).
Rather than name specific people, I’d like to share the criteria that I would use in choosing a person to emulate. First, I would look for a person whose publically espoused values were harmonious with my own. Second, I would observe the person to verify that the vast majority of the time (nobody’s perfect) the person’s behaviors were consistent with his or her publically espoused values. Third, the person would have significant professional accomplishments, while esteemed by others for his or her healthy engagement with family, friends, and community. Fourth, I would look for a person whose approach to professional achievement, not the achievements themselves, I would like to emulate. Fifth, others recognize that the person consistently exercises good judgment i.e. doing the right thing, at the right time, in the right way, and for the right reason. Finally, I would look for a person known for their expertise in challenging, empowering, and providing accountability for results to individuals, teams, and organizations.
My favorite inspirational speaker Bob Goshen. I have listen to him since the late 70's He taught mt to visualize and believe in myself and what I want. He showed e that if I truly want something in life I need to focus on it and commit to it until it become a reality. "Profess it and get it " attitude.
My other mentor John Y. Leguen. He is an amazing leader who taught me to have a back up plan for everything I plan. Then a back up plan for that. It used to drive me crazy when I was first working with him until it clicked in. He is right. I used that ever since. He is a true inspiring guy.