Role Models: Overrated

I found this entertaining and curious. I like how he put together, a’la Frankenstein, his own model of what success looked like.

It makes me think heavily about what we’re putting in front of our own children and if we’re showcasing too strongly certain people within our society that may create a negative reaction latter down the road.

In many ways I did was Neil did as well and put together models (and behaviors) that helped me succeed. I took “this” and “that” from X, Y, Z person and allowed myself to be an amalgamation of sorts.

I can recall during Middle School having a frank conversation with my guidance counselor after another bullying incident where I told him that I wasn’t sure who I was and who I wanted to be.

I can distinctly remember telling him that I just felt like I was “all sorts of people all the time”; his response was tough to swallow but in hindsight some of the better counsel that I’ve gotten over the years: That combination is unique to me and that’s what makes me, me.

Our goal with our oldest as we begin the process of homeschooling is to give her opportunities to engage and interface with a ton of different personalities and perspectives so that she can put together her own meaning of identity. I don’t think we’ll be using the term “role models” though.


If that video doesn’t play, here’s a somewhat decent replacement: