Finding your role model | American Resident Project

Role models come in various flavors. Some are experienced, senior professionals who take on trainees as part of their responsibilities. Others are more junior and the relationship feels more like a lateral partnership than vertical mentorship. Role models can even be people in a vastly different field or someone you don’t know personally, but would like to emulate [1]. I think it’s important to not only have a role model, but ideally one from each of these categories. I find they serve different roles and having multiple people you can turn to means you get multiple perspectives. When dealing with a difficult problem, typically no one answer is absolutely right. You have to choose among equally ill-fitting options and having various perspectives to sort through such options helps you get a 360 view.

  1. Hero worship is a real danger with role models you don’t know personally. Remember, nobody is perfect; the sides of others lives we see (especially for well-known people) are carefully curated to give the appearance that everything is effortless and without problems.  ↩