I want to share with you the importance of having a role model, introduce one of my role models and how having a role model has helped me in my life.
A role model is someone that you are inspired by, look up to and can emulate as an example. Do you have a role model? A role model can change as you go. But it’s better to find one or a few role models that will stay with you timelessly and will effectively lead you to a better life.
There are so many great and admirable people in this world. And I get amazed and excited about their awesome qualities. I like to examine, learn, and adopt some of their qualities. However, out of all those people, I’d only pick a few individuals that I can call as my role models.
I want my role models to be someone who can always bring me back to my centeredness no matter how much I get swayed by all these flashy distractions. I want my role models to be someone who resonate within deep inside my core. I want my role models to be who I really look up to and who I can rely on regardless of what situations that I am in and what phase that I am going through. I want my role model to be someone who I relate to and be in harmony with my innate qualities.
One role model that I look up to that always brings me back to my center is Fedor Emelianenko. If you are not familiar with who he is, Fedor Emelianenko is an MMA fighter who is regarded as one of the greatest fighters in the history of Mixed Martial Arts.
Although Fedor Emelianenko is one of the most well rounded and gifted fighters in the world, but that is not the reason why I look up to Fedor Emelianenko. Yes, it’s exciting to see him perform in the ring and dominate his opponents. But what I am amazed by him is what within him. His work ethic, humility, quietness, calmness, and simplicity. These qualities are something that I can relate to and something that I really love to work on and aspired to become more like him.
He has a great work ethic. Although he is now known as one of the greatest fighters in the world, his coach who’s been with him since the day one said that he was not necessarily a talented fighter. He was weaker than most of other students and was not very talented at martial arts. However, one thing that stood out was his work ethic. He was always the one who arrived earliest at the gym and worked harder than anyone. He was a work machine. And eventually he surpassed all other talented students.
He is a very humble person. Even though he was regarded as one of the greatest fighters in the world, he never cared for his fame, media, wealth, and luxurious living. He treats everyone equally and respects everyone with same regards. He treats people with kindness and do not harbor grudges even to those who treated him wrong. He just loves the sport of Mixed Martial Arts and he competes just to make his ends meet and that’s all. He does not get hyped with all the spotlights and he still enjoys his simple life. Who he was before he became well known and who he is now are pretty much the same.
He is very calm, mild mannered, and quiet. Despite of his explosiveness and aggressive physical performances during his competitions, he is very calm and mild mannered. Even in the ring or in the cage, his expression and the way he handles his fights look very controlled and centered. He seems like a Zen master inside and outside the ring. You can never see him in panic or lose his control. Even when he wins or loses, he looks the same throughout.
So why him…?
I chose him as my role model because these are qualities that I can definitely relate to and that I believe that I possess some of them as well and that I have the potential to improve them and grow to be more like him. Also as I have mentioned, whenever I feel like I am digressing from my centeredness and became lost and confused in my journey, I’d go back to him for guidance and I feel like I can regain my direction and centeredness again. And as time passes by, unintentionally I can see myself become more alike him and make progresses on my inner qualities as well.
So I think it’s very important to have a role model that you can relate to and that will help you improve your good qualities and guide you along the way when you feel lost and confused.
So do you have any role models that has helped you and is helping on your journey? If you do who are they? How have they helped you? Feel free to share your stories.