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A Tribute to my Dad: Influential Role Model

Updated on June 26, 2012

Who is it for you?

Who is your role model?

If you had to answer this question with no time to think, who would say? Maybe it would Lebron James or Adele, or Taylor Swift. But, if you had really had time to think about this question, and I mean really think, would your answer differ? Think about it! Do you have any communication with these people? Well, I guess in this day and age, you might be lucky enough to have one of these "stars" tweet you back in the midst of all of their tweets. But, is this meaningful? I am not here to bash these people, I love the Heat and always catch myself humming a tune from Adele as I go throughout my daily routines. But who is that person in your life that you can actually talk to, one who you can share anything with, one who truly loves you, one who confronts you when you mess up?

This is the kind of role model I am referring to, the person who is there for you when you need it the most. Having Lebron James or Taylor swift as people you admire and appreciate, but having someone who is there for you should be the person you are modeling your life after. I am not saying you shouldn't be aspiring to be one of these people when you grow up; if that is your dream, then live it to the fullest! What I am saying is simply to find that special person who you can actually talk with on a intimate level and share personal things with.



Who Is That Person in my Life?

Who is that person in my life? My dad is my role model, and I know this may sound corny, so sit back and relax while I explain.

My dad is not the smartest man alive(he didn't even finish college), but he sure does know how to give me advice when I need it the most. So, maybe you could call him a smart man!

My dad is not the richest man alive(actually does not have a lot of money at all), but he teaches me how to use the money I have wisely and does so himself. So maybe you could call him rich, because he is wise with the little money he does have!

My dad is not the hardest-working dad alive(because of health reasons), but he is the best stay-at-home dad you could ever have. He cleans the house, walks the dogs, and does all the shopping, and even with a smile! So I guess you could call him a hard-working man!

My dad is not the strongest man alive(actually not really at all) but he is the most compassionate and tender hearted man I have ever met. He listens when I need someone to talk to and shares advice with me when I need help. But, maybe in reality, maybe that is what strength is, maybe you could call him a strong man!

My dad is the not the most talented man alive(unless you count winning chess tournaments as a kid in grammar school), but what he is good at is being there for his children. So I guess you could call him talented, because that is a rather difficult chore!


For these reasons and many more, my dad is my role model. Not because he is some star on the television set or the stage, but because he is someone who is just there for me. He is someone who calls me(I live on my own with my twin brother), just to talk and ask how I am doing. Or to clue me in on how the Redsox did the other night because I missed the game while at work. He is someone who gives me advice and lets me know when I have a made a mistake. He then goes above and beyond to help me fix that mistake, learn from that mistake, and help me become a better person. I know with utmost certainty that I can go him whenever with whatever I am dealing with, and he will be there for me. Night or day, my dad is there for me.

So Why?

Why do I mention my dad and why do I ask you who your role model is?

Because having a role model is a blessing in disguise, it is a prayer answered, it is the cherry on your favorite ice cream sundae.(sorry, I get out of hand sometimes)

Again, I am not bashing celebrities here. I love sports and music. I played soccer and basketball in highschool, and traveled all around the country and outside of the country singing while in college. If your dream is to be a singer or a professional sports player, then live out that dream, do not let me stop you!

The point I am trying to convey here, is that your role model should be the one who you look to and one whom you can mirror your life after. Your role model should be someone who is in your world, someone who you can watch live their life. Someone you can take notes on, if you will, someone who can influence your life. Someone who you can physically observe living life!

So, I leave you with the question I asked in the beginning: Who Do You Mirror?

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Wonderful writing Josh... and an excellent tribute to your father.... I can relate to this ...

      Most of my hobbies.. interests are because my father pushed me towards them... My favorite movies are his favorite movies...

      To say the least.. My father is my idol...

      great article brother

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Suzette,

      Thanks for your comments here of encouragement! Yes, he is very talented, you are definitely correct! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Tammy,

      Lebron is my dad! LOL Thanks so much for your encouraging comments here Tammy!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Rich,

      Thanks buddy! Interesting answer as well! :) Thanks Rich!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mary,

      Thanks so much Mary! I was lucky and do not take advantage of that fact!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thomas,

      Thanks for your compliment of this truibute! And me be your mentor, wow, thanks for that!

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great question, josh-who do you mirror? As a teacher I always said children are little mirrors of their parents. You are so level headed and I'm glad you have not chosen Le Bron James. This is a beautiful tribute to your father! I think he is quite talented at being a father and that's the best talent to have! Voted up!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      At first glance I thought your Dad is Lebron James.. LOL. All joking aside, you are wise beyond your years to both see these wonderful qualities in people and to appreciate these qualities. Most people don't learn to appreciate their parents or older people until they themselves are older or they loose a person. You are wise beyond your years. :)

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Josh -

      Very heartfelt piece here. Your love shines through. In answering your question, I don't know that I've ever had a role model. I've always tried to look at a person, see what I admired, and use it in my own life. So, in essence, I'm a Heinz 57 (or more).

      Great Hub, my friend!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      You were lucky to have a Dad like you did. Some Dads have no role in their children's lives, and that is sad. I was very close to my father. He was one of a kind,

      I vote this UP, etc.etc.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Josh,

      Very nice piece here! As I sit here I have to be honest and say that my dad was probably not ever much of a role model. I think it is cool that yours is for you! Now I got to wonder...who would be my role model? I'm thinking maybe you!

      Great job!

      Thomas

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      No a problem Josh and you welcome. And very happy that it does indeed goes both ways!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Janine,

      Thanks again! I know it goes both ways, and I am so happy for that!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Glimmer, I am a total supporter of Josh and am so happy to share his work old and new. I also am sorry to hear about your dad, but can totally understand about him being your role model. Josh, no need to thank it truly works both ways my friend!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Glimmer,

      Yes, Janine is an avid supporter of my work, and I can not thank her enough! I am sorry to hear about your dad being wheelchair bound. Awesome that he is your role model though!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Love it when people share articles written before I was on hubpages (thanks Janine Huldy). This was beautiful and made me cry. My dad is without a doubt my role model. Over the last 15 years he has lost the ability to walk and is now wheelchair bound, but he is and always will be the person I go to when the going gets tough. Thanks for such an awesome hub.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Linda,

      Yes he has read this tribute! Thanks for your visit and your continued support of my work here on HubPages! It is much appreciated!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      A beautiful tribute to your dad Josh. Has your dad read it yet? Last time I asked you that question about a hub you said no, well I hope it's a yes this time. Your dad would really appreciate this shout-out. My mom was the one who influenced me. Now it's my daughters since most days they are more mature than I am. Haha! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      dlegendre,

      Thanks for your thought provoking feedback. You do make a very good point here!

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      Diane Blanchette 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      There are many of us who don't know who their role model is until they are gone. but hat doesn't diminish the impact they had on our life.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      moonlake,

      Thanks for your awesome comment of encouragement! I am smiling! I agree with you 100% about role models :)

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I hope your Dad reads this. Great hub Josh I don't know your Dad but I get the feeling he would love it. I never understood people looking up to celebrities they don't even know. My role models would be my grandmother, mother and aunt. Voted up and shared.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Teaches,

      Thanks so much for your beautiful sentiments on this precious hub of mine! I appreciate it!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Great hub post, Josh. I was a bit in tears at some of your lines. You were blessed to have such a mentor in your life. I miss my dad at times, he was a strong person who made me realize the importance of living right. Voted up and shared.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Rajan,

      Thanks so much Rajan! I really appreciate your sentiments for this hub!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is a fine tribute by you to your dad, Josh. Glad to know that he is there for you when you need him. We all need support and if we get it from our own dad how cool that it.

      Your hub reminds me of my dad who was a big support whenever I needed any advice or support. He was always at hand. Even today I miss him though he has been gone for over 20 years now.

      We can never repay our dads enough.

      Voted this hub up & beautiful.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Jeani,

      Thanks for your compliment to my my father!

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      Jeani Nugent 5 years ago from Cumberland, Wisconsin

      I have always considered my parents role models. Its sad to me that so many young people pass over such good role models for some of the sport figures, celebreties and music stars. I believe a good role model is one that is aware of their position, proud of it and takes pride it in. Your dad sounds like an amazing man who has done an amazing job as a father!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for the vote and nice compliment Graham! I appreciate it!

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      Graham Lee 5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      A wonderful tribute to the man who helped to put you on the right road. Just tell him you love him once in a while. That's all he needs.

      Voted up.

      Graham.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks again I really appreciate your comments!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      You are a good son. Your dad knows that by heart. Voted beautiful and awesome! There is nothing to be ashamed about in one's personal life and I feel the same. I wrote about my ma and pa (tributes to them) too and shared those to the world. It is like being on the top most of a mountain and yell out our love for our parents! And I do too find that my pa is my influential role model though we are now oceans apart, but he still is. Good writing, Josh! Cheers!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks, I appreciate it! :)

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      Mandar Karandikar 5 years ago from Ratlam, India

      Great hub again Josh. Voted up. :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Weestro! Appreciate it!

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Love this, great job...voted up!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you very much for visiting my hub and offering your kind words! I appreciate it very much Sam! And thank you for the fathers day wish for my dad!

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      sammimills 5 years ago from California, USA

      Nice. Great intro you got there. Well, my role model or should I say role models would be my parents. And I agree with your statement that we should set a role model. Happy father's day to your dad!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Wow, Thank you so much for the kind sentiments! I really appreciate it dlegendre. What is your reak name, do you mind?

      Thanks again for the read!

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      Diane Blanchette 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Nice work! This is what I love....thought provoking, meaningful, going deeper than just the surface and basically allowing the reader to peek inside your private world. Thank you for sharing

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you very much Kathleen! And thanks for the welcome!

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      Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What a wonderful start on HubPages. Looking forward to more of your work. Welcome.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you so much for your sentiments Bill! Like I told Matt, you should also write a tribute. I would read it! Sorry for your loss friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Excellent choice of role models if you ask me. Your dad sounds like an excellent one to follow. My dad died when I was twenty but no one has influenced my life as much as he did in twenty years. Great hub my new friend.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      You are very welcome Matt, and thank you for the kind sentiments. I am sorry for your loss, you should write a tribute to him as well, I would definitely read it!

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      mattdigiulio 5 years ago

      This brought up some old feelings for me, dude. I lost my dad about three years ago, and in the time since it's been hard. Less so these days, but not having the role model in my life has left me at times with a void. I like your examples of Lebron and Adele being fine role models, but noting, who really matters directly? I know for sure I'd have the same answer you did: my dad. He was the best advice giver there was, so if I ever had a moment of doubt with a job, school, relationship, he was there to give that unconditional support. Thanks for this hub, it really got me thinking. Matt

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      In fact p10kabhijita, I think I am going to tweak the title a little bit thanks!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you very much, I didn't even realize that at the time of writing :)

      Thanks for the read!

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      Abhijit Aswath 5 years ago from India

      It's a great gift on the eve of fathers day. Very well written

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you very much Samsons for your very kind words. He is a great person and I am honored to pay tribute to him. Thank you for the read and votes, I appreciate it!

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      Sam 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Good job young man and kudos to your dad. What a wonderful tribute from a loving son with a respectful attitude. Voted up, useful and beautiful. Keep up the good work.

      blessings...

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      No problem, thank you for the read!

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Nice hub, Josh. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you very much for the votes CWB, I really appreciate it!

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      Civil War Bob 5 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

      Good tribute to your Dad, Josh...voted up, useful, interesting, and beautiful.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Excellent answer, and thank you for the read. I am glad you have had some excellent role models. I wrote this hub because I feel that some people answer this question too quickly without really taking time to think.

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      Miche Wro 5 years ago

      Great Hub! I didn't have to think about my role models. I can't name one but, it's my mother, grandmother, sister, and six aunts. This list of women have a profound impact on my life. Each teaching me something valuable and different.

      I was asked who my role model was in high school, I gave the same answer then. It hasn't changed once.