Several of my friends at work are avid fans of America’s Next Top Model. As the early morning cuppas are prepared the day after a broadcast, the conversation is often of who has left the show, who’s still in, and the models’ various merits.
Whilst I don’t watch the show and consequently don’t spend much time thinking about those models, I do think about role models and more specifically who my role models are. Given the name of this blog, it seems only appropriate to refer to them as my T(urning) O(ver) P(ebbles) role models.
One of my most important TOP role models has just become a bit more inaccessible as she’s jetted off overseas to take up a new career. Not only is she a fab role model, she’s also a great friend and as I’ve been contemplating her departure, I’ve been thinking about which of her qualities inspire me so much.
Three stood out:
My TOP role model (I wish I could name her but she’d hate it) is incredibly committed, both personally and professionally. If she says she will do something, you know that she will – and she will do so excellently.
With a strong sense of her own values, my TOP role model knows what she stands for and she sticks to it. She once pointed out to me an instance where I should have behaved more professionally – yes, that made me uncomfortable but respecting her integrity and knowing how she conducts herself meant that I could take it on the chin and learn from it.
My TOP role model negotiates the choppy waters of the commercial world with a rare grace. The relationships she builds contribute to her personal success and to that of the team with whom she works.
I’m curious: has this made you think about who inspires you?
Today’s pebble for you to ponder: Who is your role model and why?
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