Why do we use role-models to help children
learn the skills needed to be a motivated self-learner? Because
modeling the behavior, thoughts, and attitudes of successful
people has been shown to help a person become more successful.
Our research has shown that almost all of
the successful people today (success defined as setting and
reaching one’s own goal) had a series of role-models. The
leaders of today all had great role-models that inspired them to
Whether it is Bill Clinton that used John
F. Kennedy as his role-model or Henry Ford that used Thomas
Edison as his role-model (in fact, he hung a picture of Edison
near his work area). The selection of good role-models serves as
a guide for them to make the most out of their abilities.
Einstein said, “Imagination is more
important knowledge.” By introducing your child to role-models
for all aspects of their lives, you are growing their
imagination. With good role-models, you get your child to
Role-models are a very powerful force for
setting and achieving productive goals. Our minds are naturally
developed to learn from the experience of others. Whether the
experience is captured in the form of books, stories, or games –
the experience of others offers a very powerful way to reach a
higher level of success.
For example, teaching concepts of
persistence through stories about the famous inventor Thomas
Edison that failed 10,000 times before discovering the light
bulb is a great way to show a child the value of determination!
It is imperative that children be exposed
to good role-models that can guide them to develop their maximum
potential in all aspects of their lives. Children naturally look
to their surroundings for role-models. If they cannot find a
good role-model, they will cling to bad ones.
Children need a set of good role-models to
set an example of the behaviors, thinking styles, and attitudes
needed to succeed in life.
A child that is intelligent, but does not
have role-models to show them qualities like persistence,
determination, and creative thinking is bound to be fall short
of their true potential.
Having good role-models in a child’s life
will give them a sense of productive goals and a sense of
direction towards those goals. Humans without goals and
role-models flounder in their lives.
A survey of most people in prison will show
that many of them did not have goals or good role-models to give
them a sense of direction! A survey of successful people show
that they envisioned their ambitious goals at a young age. These
very same successful folks also had positive role-models that
they followed to reach their goals.
At the very least, take some time at the
dinner table once a week and introduce your child to successful
attitudes by telling them stories about successful people
throughout human history.
For example, introduce your child to the
positive quality of persistence by talking about Edison and his
quest to invent the light bulb. Talking about the fact that
Edison persisted through 10,000 failures until he finally found
a way to make the light bulb. Mention how Edison’s success came
from his failures.
Stories like these will help inspire your
child to be a motivated self-learner and practical dreamer.
Written by Curiosoft Kids Games
More Information about Curiosoft Kids
Our positive role-model series focuses on
sharing positive role-models for your child. These games help
your child model the thinking and attitudes needed to aim high
The games focus on getting your child
excited about all the things they can be in life.
These games cultivate the desire and the
skills needed to make your child a motivated self-learner.