Role models are great to have.
Someone you can think about when you’re unsure about an action.
‘What would Jack do?’
But anti-role models can be just as powerful.
The other day I saw a gentleman attempt to run at the airport.
‘I can’t run Sandra!’ he shouted out to his wife.
Other than being severely overweight, the man seemed healthy. But his weight caused him not to be able to run.
I’ve been in a similar situation before. My weight used to prevent me from doing certain activities.
So there’s two anti-role models for my future actions. My past self and the man at the airport.
The idea of the anti-role-model is similar to a Charlie Munger quote.
‘All I want to know is where I’m going to die so I’ll never go there.’
Makes sense. You can live a good life simply by avoiding the things you know to be negative.
Finding the perfect role model is tough. Really tough. Because there isn’t one.
But you can find plenty of anti-role models to fill in the gaps.