Role Models

Role models have played a significant part in my life, as I’m sure they have in yours.

My personal role models have helped to shape my attitudes and beliefs. They have influenced how I view the world. And they have guided me in discovering and accepting who I am as a person.

I could fill pages and pages of blog posts with accolades of those who I am grateful to for their positive influence.  Such as my amazing mum, for example…but that’s for another day. She needs a whole ol’ blog post to herself, she’s so awesome.

With all the talk in New Zealand media lately regarding the Roast Busters scandal, I wanted to change the focus to positive male role models instead.  And why not start in my own back yard?

So, today’s post is about celebrating some pretty cool male role models who have not only had an incredibly positive impact in my life, but who have also (in my humble biased opinion) played a significant part in the lives of many others as well.

They are, of course, my two brothers.

Role models

As people they are very different, but individually they have each taught me some pretty cool stuff.

Whether it’s the fact that time is one of the greatest gifts you can give (thank you Andrew).

One of Andrew's magnificent photos - he is also a talented photographer...

One of Andrew’s magnificent photos – he is also a talented photographer…

Or the power of food, family and connecting around the table (courtesy of Matthew, or ‘Magoo’ as he’s fondly known as).

A recent pic of Matthew and I

A recent pic of Matthew and I…

My brothers have offered me countless reasons to believe in the greatness of great men.

And they learned from the best man of all…my Dad.

Who are some of the role models who have influenced you and impacted your life for the better?

What did they teach you?

There’s no time like today to let them know the impression they have left on you. Take the opportunity to thank them and reciprocate some of their goodness back.



  1. mcalpmagoo on November 14, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwww XOX

  2. Kyle Castro on November 14, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I’m glad someone tackled this. I’m not the only one who thinks on this often. I have also been wildly shaped by people around me. Two questions: is this harder in the tech age and do you find those worth following would never profess it so?

    • The Leader's Digest on November 17, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks Kyle.

      Two great questions which really made me think. My perspective is that the tech age changes how we interact with role models (and even who they are) but not necessarily makes it harder. I do believe the ‘richness’ that comes with connecting and interacting face to face with role models has had the most impact for me, but I would love to hear others’ perspectives.

      To answer your second question, I think it depends on who it is – some are willing to acknowledge their influence whereas others are not. If we are inspired, then perhaps that is enough.

      • Kyle Castro on December 12, 2013 at 4:14 am

        Thank you!

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