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The need for adopting 'road signs' as our 'role models'
All phrases are made up by virtue of hard experiences of the past and hardly has their meaning changed with the passage of time. These phrases are still relevant in today's world just like they were years ago.

I recollect that one of my friends who was too lazy to get up early in the morning, for fun sake, changed the phrase: "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise" to "Late to bed and late to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and status wise".

To be successful in life, it is normally said that one should have role models. A person whose behaviour or success can be emulated by others especially by younger people. The term 'role model' is credited to sociologist Robert K Merton, who coined the phrase during his career. Merton hypothesised that individuals compare themselves with reference groups of people who occupy the social role to which the individual aspires. An example being the way young fans will idolise and imitate professional athletes or entertainment artists.

Although the term "role model" has been criticised more recently as "outdated", the term and its associated responsibility remains prominent in the public consciousness as a commonly used phrase, and a "powerful presence" in the entertainment industry and media.

A person's chosen role model may have a considerable impact on his or her career opportunities and choices but the suitability of a role model depends, in part, on the admirer's perceived commonality with the model, who should provide an image of an ambitious yet realistic goal.

Community role models are often overlooked and scarce. Teachers and parents often fill this gap and are considered a central influence to a child's upbringing and future success. Teachers, because of the large amount of time that they spend with children, have such a huge impact on children that they are being advised to be likeable in order to build strong emotional relationship with children.

Research has shown that role models like teachers and doctors encourage people's support for tobacco ban more effectively and directly than policy promotion.

At the same time, the discipline and control shown continuously by sportspeople on the field leads to a belief from viewers that these same qualities are continuously shown off the field.

There are number of role models in every field who are tried both by young and old for follow up during their life time.

Frankly speaking, there is hardly anyone, who doesn't need some sort of inspiration during hard times and a glimpse into the roller coaster journey of a successful person, might just do the trick. It fills us with empowering self-motivation. There is hardly anything which cannot be achieved provided we have a little guidance and firm determination.

But the other day, when I was sitting with senior officer Mr Kaplish, the word role model cropped during the course of discussion. While everyone agreed that one should have role models in his life like – Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Dr Verghese Kurien, Capt Prem Mathur, Parkash Amte, Rabindranath Tagore, Mother Teresa and so on – but he advocated that role models are after all human-beings whose behaviour can change with the passage of time and circumstances.

However, he substantiated his idea with new concept that instead of prominent personalities or celebrities as role models, we should make 'road signs' as our 'role models' to save thousands of lives who die in road accidents. Everyone present in the discussion appreciated the idea of adopting road signs as role models in our lives as they will help to guide us about the journey of life which has no shortcuts.

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