How Being In The Public Eye And Being A Role Model Became The Same Thing

Were I able to convert the amount of times I’ve heard the phrase “He/she is such a good role model…” into dollars, Bill Gates and Lakshmi Mittal would be intimidated by my cash reserves, shutter at my financial statements and beg me for money management tips.

The term role model is grossly, grossly overused these days. It feels as though the definition has recently loosened and widened to mean “anyone in the public eye.” It’s a shame, because a role model serves such an important function within society — role models help everyone see beyond what is thought possible; their efforts forge us forward and inspire.

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