r/AskMen Sep 29 '22 Silver 1

Which famous man in this modern age should young men look upto by your opinion?

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u/YesAmAThrowaway Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22 Helpful Wholesome

Wouldn't say famous but the guy running the "Dad How Do I" youtube channel is a role model for all.

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u/BreakingThoseCankles Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Definitely a class act YT channel for sure. Lots of people never had the dad to teach them these things and some are to ashamed or embarrassed to ask others

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u/Jforjustice Sep 29 '22

Im one of them. Never learned how to throw a football or talk to girls properly or tie a tie until I got to college. Had to ask older guys in college who I eventually took to like brothers.

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u/Freddielexus85 Sep 29 '22

I'm 37, I still don't know how to throw a football.

Although I have taught myself countless other ways to be self-sufficient that were never afforded to me. Our brothers are the ones that show us who we are.

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u/PartyCurious Sep 29 '22

Keep your index finger close to the bottom of the ball. Your pinky finger streched a bit. Try to uses the laces.

Let the ball roll off your fingers as you throw. Get a nice spiral down just throwing up in air to yourself underhand. Once you get the sprial release, throw overhand trying to keep your body perpendicular to where you are throwing.

To get more power off your throw make sure you keep your weight on your backfoot and really rotate your hips while throwing. Keeping your off hand close to your throwing arm armpit helps to get more rotation in your hips.

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u/whateverinvention Sep 29 '22

When I moved into my first house in college, I was surprised by how little I knew. I sublet so anything that went wrong was handled by the landlord, but still. My roommate had a tool box, and I came with fuckin' Laffy Taffy in a box.

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u/mnmjmkl Sep 29 '22

Agreed

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u/wiggle-le-air Sep 29 '22

Also, Destin from Smarter Every Day. Genuinely good guy

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u/pentheverb Sep 29 '22

My absolute favourite response from Destin was during a conversation with Derek from Veritasium. He was flabbergasted by a riddle that had such an unbelievable answer that he was at a loss for words. After a moment he just said: "Teach me"

Oh, that we could all respond that way when confronted with new information.

Link for the interested: https://youtu.be/iSNsgj1OCLA

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u/Loifee Sep 29 '22

Derek's another top guy love his knowledge and passion for it

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u/FrozenIsFrosty Sep 29 '22

Yeah I once message Destin on here (he has a reddit account) telling me how much his channel meant me and my children. And got a really sweet message from him back really was awesome that such a big youtuber took time out of his busy day to message me back.

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u/SGTree Sep 29 '22

Beau of the Fifth Column is another YTer I look up to.

Dude is smart, looks at all angles, has respect for everyone and uses his status as a cis white guy to speak up for the little guy - but acknowledges that he doesn't have experience with some things.

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u/ghostwriter85 Sep 29 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy Starry Heartwarming Shocked

Fame in the modern age is a group effort. With some exceptions, every famous person has a team of people working together to ensure they come off in the best possible light.

Young men are much better off looking up to real men (fathers, teachers, coaches, etc...)

People that they can see fail and overcome that failure.

The world doesn't need more idols, it needs more real examples.

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u/OldOneHadMyNameInIt Sep 29 '22

The world doesn't need more idols, it needs more real examples.

Dude. Put that on a peice of wood and like sell it or hang it somewhere. Very nicely put!

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u/idowhatiwant8675309 Sep 29 '22

"Art Fair" material right here!!

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u/Blue_Dreamed Bane Sep 29 '22

Sir, you woke up today and chose to utter straight facts

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u/Spandamation Sep 29 '22

There is no other answer, this is how it should be.

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u/Dixo0118 Sep 29 '22

Beautifully done

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u/Und3rpar Sep 29 '22

Look for a mentor that you know personally. Celebrities are mostly fake and if they are real you will never talk to them in person

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u/dootdootplot Sep 29 '22

Also don’t follow your mentor to a fault; learn from them and become your own person, grow in the way that you want to, find what works for you. If you get to know your hero’s personally, get ready to be disappointed.

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u/sourkid25 Sep 29 '22

My dad he beat his addiction and ended up becoming a much better person

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u/comicsanscatastrophe Sep 29 '22

These are the most powerful role models a young man can have. I’m glad you have someone with so much strength who overcame brutal demons, to lean on and learn from.

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u/Yrchk Sep 29 '22

This comment made me genuinely happy. I wish you and your dad all the best

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u/TheCervus Sep 29 '22 Helpful Wholesome Starry Bless Up

Mister Rogers. Unlike most celebrities, he was the same person onscreen as off. Mister Rogers wasn't a TV character, he was Fred Rogers gently teaching generations of children how to value themselves, how to manage their emotions in healthy ways, how to have compassion, how to appreciate music, and to have wonder and interest in the world around them. He lived by example, but he was merely human, not a saint. He was a pastor who lived by Christian values but his teachings were non religious, because being a decent human is within reach of all of us.

He died when I was a teenager and at the time I was cynical and made fun of him, but I enjoyed his show when I was a kid and I miss him now. Sometimes, as an adult struggling with depression, I watch the show and I still feel like Mister Rogers is speaking to me directly. I'm not religious and I never understood the whole "Jesus love you" thing but I really believe Fred Rogers would have loved me just for being me. The guy was sincere.

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u/evel333 Sep 29 '22

I didn't grow up with grandparents in my life (parents immigrated) so I seemed to gravitate towards anyone older. Mr. Rogers had one of the most soothing and profound effects on young me. To the point where one of my earliest memories was acting out his show while walking around my own neighborhood. When I see old clips of him singing, talking to congress, or commenting after 9/11, I always tear up at his incredible kindness and miss him like I would my closest family members who have already left this life. All the qualities you stated I pride myself on and continue to reinforce in my own children today. And I have Fred Rogers to thank for all of it.

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u/Squishyfood Sep 29 '22

The youngest men he was a legit role model to are now in their 30s.

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u/potatonewb Sep 29 '22

Tbh the lessons, morals, kindness taught are timeless and should be given to younger generations regardless.

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u/ShrimpAquaria Sep 29 '22

He’s been popular since 1970 really. There are plenty of 50 year olds even that were inspired by him honestly.

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u/dogecoinfiend Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

And none of us are half the man he was.

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u/notswasson Sep 29 '22

The beautiful thing is that he would be embarrassed we thought that, but happy that we were trying to grow all the time.

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u/gameoftomes Sep 29 '22

The beautiful thing is that he would be embarrassed we thought that, but happy that we were trying to grow all the time.

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u/notswasson Sep 29 '22

That's probably a more accurate representation

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u/Collinnn7 Sep 29 '22

I’m 24 and would honestly consider him a role model, I watched his show every day when I was growing up

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u/rainforest_runner Male Sep 29 '22

I’m not American and I never did grew up watching Mr. Rogers, and just never gotten to understand why he‘s such a…revered man.

Then I saw the „A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood“ movie by Tom Hanks, and the biopic, „Won‘t You Be My Neighbor“

I cried like hell in both, and how just from seeing that, I knew that if Mr. Rogers were there, he‘d be the kind of guy who‘s just a kind compassionate person who teaches people to wear their emotions and sees you for who you are, and wishes the best for you, always.

Somehow, even when I didn‘t grow up with him, I miss him.

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u/Gsteel11 Sep 29 '22

Somehow, even when I didn‘t grow up with him, I miss him.

You're still a human and you can still form feelings, even via old video footage. In fact, I would say it's darn healthy

You can miss who he was, even if he's not around anymore.

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u/En_lighten Sep 29 '22

I think he's as much of a legitimate modern saint as anyone, much more than some/many actually canonized saints.

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u/Highlander198116 Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

And today kids are being raised up by toxic male online influencers teaching them women are selfish vampires and your value is determined by how much money you have, how many hot women you use for sex and whose ass you can kick.

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u/spyridonya Sep 29 '22 Helpful Starry

Levar Burton

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u/MissLauraCroft Sep 29 '22

I just started listening to his podcast where he reads short stories. Amazing! Takes me back to watching Reading Rainbow in 2nd grade but now with grown-up stories.

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u/TheFlyingDJ03 Sep 29 '22

Seriously, Levar Burton Reads is the most amazing podcast around. It gives me a little happy tear with every episode.

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u/Kentucky_Fried_Chill Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

I never wanted to meet Lavar Burton. I just wanted a picture. You can't disappoint a picture

Edit: For those that don't know the joke here

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u/Camdacrab Sep 30 '22

I wish I was Levar Burton 👊🏿

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u/Intrepid-Stand-8540 Sep 29 '22 Silver Wholesome

Don't look up to famous people tbh.

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u/Tweeksolderbrother Sep 29 '22

Exactly the level of idolatry in the world specially after social medias rise is pointless and not needed. Most of those ppl truly are sacks of crap they just have money.

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u/ant_exe Sep 29 '22

I think some famous people are worth looking up to but definitely not just because they are famous.

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u/Lt_Toodles Sep 29 '22

Absolutely, I would personally choose Adam Savage but not just because he is famous, because he is smart, creative, talented, and extremely humble and caring.

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u/RedSteadEd Sep 29 '22

I think Adam and Jamie also are great role models for coworkers. They didn't like each other, but they both saw how each pushed the other to be better, and they did amazing things together. The show was built with mutual respect and confidence, not friendship.

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u/thedraftbeerguy Sep 29 '22

Nice try, Adam.

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u/Lt_Toodles Sep 29 '22

Mmm yess tools tools tools

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u/joeffect Sep 29 '22

Dolly Parton is a rare breed of human

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u/superdago Sep 29 '22

Adam almost certainly has negative qualities. Everyone does. The problem is when we convince ourselves that someone is only worth admiring if they’re without fault. The founding fathers are a great example. to a person, they are all deeply flawed individuals, yet all had incredibly qualities with emulating.

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u/Lt_Toodles Sep 29 '22

Of course but i think what makes him great is that he acknowledges those faults and talks about them. Its inspiring to those of us who are makers with the same negative qualities and he gives tips on how he overcomes for example ADHD preventing finishing a project for example.

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u/NewbAlert45 Sep 29 '22

Look up to them, but don't idolize them. Don't act like they can do no wrong and everything they do is perfect. There's plenty of famous people who are genuinely worth looking up to (limitedly based on what we know as the public, they could possibly be shitbags behind the scenes).

I'll add what someone else added, don't look up to them simply because they're famous. Don't look up to someone because you liked them in a movie or TV show. Look up to them for what they do in the real world.

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u/please_use_the_beeps Sep 29 '22

Ashton Kutcher is a good example of this. Yeah he was fun to watch as an actor, but I’d much rather he spend his time and money tackling sex trafficking rings and spreading awareness, because that has real impact.

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u/CaptStrangeling Sep 29 '22

He also has been raising money for Ukraine with Mila Kunis. Always pleasantly surprised to see the good work he’s up to. Still not someone to idolize but doing some good work

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u/Bitter-Marsupial Sep 29 '22

Just being shallow and pedantic here. OP just said modern and famous. Not just celebrity

There are plenty of modern men of science that can be thought of as famous. But with the fame comes easier time finding reading material

As for the question Norman Borlaug

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u/pyr666 Bane Sep 29 '22 Silver Starry

mr rogers. people rarely give much thought to the inner strength it takes to practice kindness and compassion so persistently.

or by "modern age" did you mean "still alive"? cuz honestly I can't think of anyone of his caliber.

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u/thruwityoshit Sep 29 '22

If ya’ll haven’t seen Mr Rogers senate testimony to stop the defunding of public television, it’s a must watch!

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u/Muse9901 Sep 29 '22

Jesus fucking Christ this made me tear up

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u/Vindictive_Turnip Sep 29 '22

Came here to post exactly this. There has never been a more passionate, genuine, and caring person to speak in Congress before or since. He was the real deal. The only Christian who seemed to practice what they preach and not just use it as a soapbox platform.

And he swam naked every morning. What a fucking champ.

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u/Maybeyesmaybeno Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

There’s a whole documentary on his testimony, but I think one of the most amazing factors was that the senator in charge that you see in the video was 100% in the defund camp before Mr. Rogers spoke. He’d had days of testimony that had in no way changed his opinion, and he was also known to be a huge hardass.

One speech from Mr. Rogers and he was changed.

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u/RedTiger013 Sep 29 '22

Literally less than 10 minutes with Mr.Rogers, and he signs a $20 million check

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u/RobertPosteChild Sep 29 '22

Jimmy Carter is up there too, I think

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u/ThatNewOldGuy Sep 29 '22

The Real Deal, that guy. :)

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u/nonotburton Sep 29 '22

If you gotta hero worship someone, this is the guy to worship.

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u/cybercuzco Sep 29 '22

Fred Rogers.

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u/theemoofrog Sep 29 '22

Gary Sinise does a surprising amount of charity work to support veterans and Steve Buschemi took up work as a Fire Fighter again after 9/11 happened.

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u/5goldensanicrings Sep 29 '22

Liu Xiaobo.

Journalist from China who wrote critically of the leader (President Xi). He won the Nobel Peace Prize and was an activist against chinese human rights violations. He was arrested as a political prisoner and ended up dying in prison. It's an amazing story of persevering when you know you're doing what's right.

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u/Bipocgguytalk Sep 29 '22

Great answer

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u/PaulsRedditUsername Sep 29 '22 Helpful

I feel almost silly admitting it, but Geddy Lee and his pals from Rush are very inspiring to me and, I think, good role models.

I'm sure people who knew Geddy in high school as a goofy-looking nerd with a big nose and high, screechy voice would never have picked him to become a world-famous rock star. But he sets a good example of just being yourself, don't worry about what other people think, and work really, really hard to do the best job you can.

There's no guarantee you'll become a millionaire rock star, but I think if you follow Geddy's example and work ethic, you will get somewhere, and you'll never feel like you've wasted your life.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

While we're at the topic of Geddy Lee and Rush, I remember watching their documentary, and hearing that when they toured with KISS, Gene Simmons went to look for the guys from Rush so they can party with groupies and such, and couldn't find them anywhere.

And the last place where he looked was in their bedroom in the hotel, because who would be in their room in the night on their tour in the middle of a big city, and there they were. Geddy tuning his bass, Alex reading a book, and Neil writing lyrics and doodling fantasy on a piece of paper. Gene then said that they were such a weird band, but in a very good, healthy and well mannered way and that they would go a long way.

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u/brownies Sep 29 '22

Geddy tuning his bass, Alex reading a book, and Neil writing lyrics and doodling fantasy on a piece of paper.

In all honesty, that sounds like an absolutely amazing time. It's so rare to find a good group friends where you can all just sit around and be alone together.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

It's so rare to find a good group friends where you can all just sit around and be alone together

An introvert's dream. Be alone together.

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u/luna1108 Sep 29 '22

He’s been at Southparks anniversary show at Red Rocks also both Taylor Hawkins tribute shows. He’s truly a blessed musician and it’s awesome he still active.

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u/JingJang Male Sep 29 '22

Seeing Rush and Geddy here made my morning!

Absolutely agree with what you said!

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u/Linvaris88 Sep 29 '22

I would have never have thought about mentioning Geddy or Alex or Neil here despite the three of them probably being my biggest heros, but you are absolutely right. I'll always remember as a teenager getting my parents to watch Beyond the Lighted Stage and them telling me afterwards there could be no better band for me to look up to. Humble and hilarious guys to the end...

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u/T_JUS665 Sep 29 '22

Terry Pratchett. Mad lad got knighted for his Discworld books and then immediately forged a sword out of meteorite iron because “what kind of person gets knighted and doesn’t get a sword?”

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u/97875 Sep 29 '22

Terry Pratchett because he wrote characters warts and all, while always remembering their inherent dignity. He would write characters as real humans (with a certificate to prove it).

Evil begins when you start to treat people as things.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

He would write characters as real humans

Except for Nobby Nobbs, who was disqualified from the human race for shoving.

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u/superkp Sep 29 '22

GNU Sir Terry Pratchett.

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u/Modevs Sep 29 '22

Terry Pratchett because he owns the funniest convention t-shirt ever.

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u/suckitphil Sep 29 '22

I love Terry Pratchett. There are so many good movies in the discworld series, it's a shame it doesn't get a different adaptation. Wyrd Sisters alone would be a boss movie, and you wouldn't even need to set it in discworld.

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u/courier31 Sep 29 '22

I would.love to see them in hand drawn animation. It would be so good.

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u/capilot Male Sep 29 '22

There is a Wyrd Sisters movie, with hand drawn animation. Or more precisely, a 6-part mini series. I've seen it; it's very good.

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u/suckitphil Sep 29 '22

I didn't know this existed! I'm so excited! Thank you!

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u/superkp Sep 29 '22

IIRC he didn't just make a sword.

He learned that he was going to be knighted, and decided to make a sword to be knighted with.

With the help of a friend/associate that professionally makes swords, he dug up a bunch of iron ore (about 400 pounds of iron-rich clay) from near his home, processed that down into raw iron, added the metal from a meteorite (iron and nickel are both present, and the nickel is actually useful), and processed that into the steel that they made the sword out of.

Then he took it with him to the palace in order to be knighted with it.

And then, at his funeral, his daughter was carrying the sword as a ceremonial object. I believe it is still in her posession.

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u/CrazyPlato Sep 29 '22

That sword will almost certainly be possessed by his ghost and fight off any burglars foolish enough to rob the Pratchett estate. While spouting one-liners the whole time.

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u/superkp Sep 29 '22

Nah, his ghost was in the hard drive that contained his unfinished works and notes about things.

In his will, he was very specific that his friend Neil Gaimain needs to run over that hard drive with a steam roller.

And Neil obliged, of course: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/aug/30/terry-pratchett-unfinished-novels-destroyed-streamroller

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u/Boomvanger Sep 29 '22

That made me tear up a bit.

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u/robotbigfoot Sep 29 '22

Bet you the sword contains a fragment of his soul and talks to his daughter in times of need, giving her cryptic and sassy advice.

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u/errol_cz Sep 29 '22

And don't forget his battle against Alzheimer's and his more the generous funding of research of said disease.

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u/rxqueen01 Sep 29 '22

Weird Al. Seriously.

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u/rxqueen01 Sep 29 '22

Jack Black was the automatic second when I was writing this!

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u/tlst9999 Male Sep 29 '22

And he's anti-microtransactions in games after his kid blew $1k in 3 days on some phone game.

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u/ReformedBacon Sep 29 '22

Dude watching my nephew play on phones/tablets on vaca. Kids games are so predatory its disgusting.

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u/GeriatricHydralisk Sep 29 '22

The man is the most down to earth, humble guy.

"Think you're really righteous, think you're pure of heart? Well I know I'm a million times as humble as thou art!"

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u/SpeedflyChris Sep 29 '22

Jack Black and Weird Al both seem like they'd be really interesting people to run into at a bar or something.

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u/Zahgurim65 Sep 29 '22

I read this as 'run a bar'. That would be cool.

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u/kateshakes Sep 29 '22

Only right answer

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u/PureMidgetry Sep 29 '22

Ronnie Coleman.

For his attitude and general philosophy. I'm not really even thinking about his sports accomplishments even.

I genuinely believe that if we all tried to have more of a mindset like Ronnie Coleman the world would be a better place.

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u/Pirloparty21 Sep 29 '22

Ain’t nothin but a peanut!

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u/AlphaBearMode Sep 29 '22

AINT NUTTIN BUT A PEANUT

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u/angelicdummy Sep 29 '22

Steve Irwin

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u/Lecomodore Sep 29 '22

I did a paper on his murderer in college.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

Crikey: Stingrays On Trial For Murder?

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u/superkp Sep 29 '22

(OK I know it's a joke but I have ADHD and if this doesn't get out of my head, my wife is going to have to hear it, again.)

FUN FACT! the terms surrounding the death of humans are very specific!

Even if we are treating the stingray as if it were a human, 'murder' wouldn't apply here.

Homicide: latin roots "homo-" meaning human and "-cide" meaning kill. To kill a human. In modern usage almost always one human killing another human. This has an almost clinical air about it in modern english.

Kill: Cause the death of another. (this is the most general term, usable accurately WAY more often than the others.)

Murder: Almost always a judgement (often in a court of law, sometimes in someone's own head) that a person did an act of homicide that was not justified.

Manslaughter: Homicide, but less legally culpable than murder - usually because there was no intent, premeditation, or malice involved. Often broken down into voluntary and involuntary.

Voluntary Manslaughter: Usually used when someone is provoked into attacking the victim - like 'imperfect self defense' or something.

Involuntary Manslaughter: Manslaughter that was caused by conditions a person created, but was not intended to kill or otherwise harm (like "I wanted to beat his ass, didn't realize he had a heart condition")

Negligent Homicide: Basically Manslaughter with a dose of "you should have known that this would kill someone"

Also notable when thinking about the stingray, self defense is almost always a way to (accurately) claim that you're not a murderer.

SO, with the options above, I would say that while the Stingray (let's treat him as a human for these purposes) is not a murderer (i.e. no moral or legal responsibility/debt). There was definitely homicide, and maybe because Mr. Stingray was armed with a deadly weapon there's even some amount of argument for Involuntary Manslaughter - i.e. Mr. Stingray knew that he was armed and was a bit 'too willing' to lash out at perceived threats.

But then I'd also say that since Steve was invading Mr. Stingray's home, the castle doctrine might apply - there's no reason for Mr. Stingray to assume that Steve was coming and not wanting to harm him or take his things, so he's justified in using force - even force that can lead to the death of the assailant.

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u/dogfur Sep 29 '22

Well that was a fun read…maybe I will tuck some of that away to use in my victim statement for my brother’s murder trial next year (wish I were joking…)

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u/monsieurpommefrites Sep 29 '22

Oh dear. I'm sorry to hear that. Who did your brother sting?

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u/looshi99 Sep 29 '22

This is awful but hilarious.

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u/Bacontoad Male Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

You should write a children's book about law with animals. Or a dark humor book for adults with the appearance of a children's book.

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u/superkp Sep 29 '22

hmm.

I'll have to think about this one.

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u/TrumanS17 Sep 29 '22

I'm glad this is here already. Everyone's so negative nowadays, we need someone like him to spread a little positivity, and not that fake shit.

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u/Ghoulius-Caesar Sep 29 '22

Yes, Steve Irwin is the answer. I’m gonna add Steve Buscemi too just because I’m a Steve who promotes Steve’s, but also because he was a volunteer firefighter during 911 who didn’t do it for the publicity.

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u/LetsGetHighInnit Sep 29 '22

David Attenborough

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u/quagzlor A woman looked at me once Sep 29 '22

I would mention though, that he also had his past and has done some things that he would be vehemently against today.

This isn't to minimise his work, rather to point out that he too is human, and has made his own progress in life (which is to be respected)

(https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01100sq)

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u/Rogocraft Bane Sep 29 '22

If you think about it that makes him even better to look up to. He overcame personal shortcomings and openly admits them.

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u/HarryTruman Sep 29 '22

Yep, exactly, that’s the whole point! All the people I look up to, especially the few who are my mentors, have made mistakes and know how to own it, move past it, and become better people from the experience. And that’s what I want do too!

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u/kelldricked Sep 29 '22

I dont think there is any human who made mistakes in their life. I would find it fucked up if somebody would look back at their entire life and wouldnt find anything that they regret deeply.

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u/tinkertron5000 Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

Bob Ross

edit: Turns out he was not such a great guy after all. Never meet your heroes folks.

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u/LuckyReception6701 Sep 29 '22

I love Bob Ross so much, because he inspires in people who like and want to be artists the most important value, which is bravery. Dare to show the world your art, even if its flawed its yours and it deserves to be out there.

Anyone can do art, anyone can be an artist if you just dare to do it.

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u/lostinthesauuuuce Sep 29 '22 Helpful Ally

Marcus Aurelius. Now more than ever

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u/PM_ME_UR_BOOGER Sep 29 '22

Recommend any specific books/readings?

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u/lostinthesauuuuce Sep 29 '22

Meditations. To this day the most beautiful thing I’ve ever read.

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u/brownies Sep 29 '22

Chiming in to emphasize that the Gregory Hays translation is where it's at. The other translations are... significantly less beautiful (although the free one still gets a nod for being free).

And for anyone like me who's read their copy of Meditations a few dozen times and is hungry for more, it turns out that Pierre Hadot's The Inner Citadel is an absolutely fantastic analysis that adds a lot of depth and clarity to the work.

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u/Hokie23aa Sep 29 '22

Is it this one? I see a few different translations on Amazon

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u/lostinthesauuuuce Sep 29 '22

Any one of those should do you fine

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u/fillymandee Sep 29 '22

I’ve given out over 20 copies of this book and intend to until I die. He’s a legend. Ryan Holiday is a modern Stoic author and writes some top tier books on it as well.

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u/JIVmes Sep 29 '22

The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday is amazing. I'm green as hell in stoicism but that book is great for beginners.

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u/AlphaBearMode Sep 29 '22

That book changed my life in a time when I was lost. Highly recommend.

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u/chuffing_marvelous Sep 29 '22

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

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u/PureFingClass Sep 29 '22

Hardly modern

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u/JDMonster Male Sep 29 '22

Rome still lives in my heart and will remain so until I die /s

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u/tactical_tree_troll Sep 29 '22

Keanu Reeves, he sets the example for what everyone should aspire to be.

He doesn’t use his fame for politics.

He helps film crews move their equipment, and doesn’t like when people record him doing it. (Shows he’s not just doing it for the status and brownie points, he just simply doesn’t view himself as better than others)

He takes an immense amount of pride in his work (he trains like a motherfucker to make John Wick who he is, and does all of his own stunts)

He lives well below his means, donating or investing excess income. (One of the richest actors in the world lives a lifestyle of a middle class person, except for spending large sums of money on gifts for his friends, and investing in businesses and companies he believes in and enjoys working on)

I’m sure the lift is much longer, but if you ever get a chance read up on Keanu Reeves and you will see that he one of the only celebrities who is truly humble and based.

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u/Thrilleye51 Sep 29 '22

The only one I could think of.

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u/Skulcane Sep 29 '22

Steve Irwin's son, Robert Clarence Irwin. Has the same goal as his father, and is a genuinely great guy. Hates the popularity/fame of his job. Does it just to save and take care of wildlife, and takes the rest of us along for the ride.

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u/NyxAsylum Sep 29 '22 Starry

Rodney Mullen is a precious man that must be protected at all cost!

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u/Invisible_PurpleToad Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

Dave Grohl. he's just so down-to-earth, great guy.

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u/BtcKing1111 Sep 29 '22

The documentary about Foo Fighters really opened my eyes to how serious he is about perfection, not compromising on quality, putting family first, and staying drug-free. Not sure how accurately the documentary portrayed him, could be all bullshit, but if true he's very commandable.

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u/dillbyethesciencetie Sep 29 '22

I was listening to stranger things have happened as I read this

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u/Feralpudel Sep 29 '22

The drumming competition that he had with the 12-year-old girl online was so cool.

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u/ChefDodge Sep 29 '22

Nick Offerman

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u/MajorasShoe Sep 29 '22

This is a good one. The dude is super zen, understanding, compassionate and wise. Offerman should be the next Mr Rogers.

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u/BrooklynJesus Sep 29 '22

Keanu Reeves just seems like the nicest dude; I think he’s a great example of remaining humble and kind to all while being elevated so high in societies social hierarchy.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

If you ever feel like your having a bad week, just look up the tragedies that have hit Keanu early in his life. I have mad respect for this man!

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u/Reload86 Sep 29 '22

Yeah. He’s one of the only few actual celebrities that I would agree can be seen as a good role model.

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u/BaldEagleNor Sep 29 '22

I can think of several, but Stephen Fry has some golden nuggets of wisdom

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u/GuardingxCross Sep 29 '22

My dad is a modern man. You can look up to him he’s dope

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u/Skittle11ZA Sep 29 '22

Hugh Jackman

Edit: Sorry, I thought you asked which man I'd go gay for

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u/ExtremeMaintenance72 Sep 29 '22

That question is a no brainer and doesn’t need a Reddit thread 🤣😂

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u/Big_Green_Piccolo Sep 29 '22

Have you seen that video where he recognized a reporter as one of the kids from his gym class from decades before?

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u/Walter_Piston Sep 29 '22

Sir David Attenborough. No other.

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u/GlenBaileyWalker Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, Vocalist of Cannibal Corpse. You read that and are skeptical. The man is a loving and wholesome father. He is generous and altruistic. He shows that in parenthood and adulthood, you can still be the weird guy into all sorts of wild things and at the same time be responsible, loving, kind, and provide for your family. Yes, the man releases albums and growls on stage songs with titles like "Stripped, Raped, and Tortured", Inhumane Harvest", "High Velocity Impact Splatter", and "Mummified in Bard Wire". But he also takes his children to Disney. Publicly expresses his love and admiration for his wife. He beams with pride at all of his children's accomplishments. He can clear out all the claw machines at any location and donates all the toys to charity. He shows that you don't stop being who you are once you become a parent. He also has a neck that is wider than his head. That should count for something.

A great example of Corpsegrinder being wholesome and juxtaposed against his stage persona

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u/ermabanned Male Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Most metal and before that punk guys are super good dudes that got a bad rep.

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u/Huze17 Sep 29 '22

Yes! Just like how we don't look down on people who make horror movies, music is no different. I'd at Trevor from The Black Dahlia Murder (rip), man was an absolute joy from all I can tell.

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u/DelsinMcgrath835 Sep 29 '22

I think everyone will connect to someone else for different reasons, which is part of the reason appropriate representation is important.

But as a blanket statement, i think everyone can look up to Robin Williams

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u/Icky8irD Sep 29 '22

Shaq, you have no choise, he's taller than most of us

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u/RevelationWorks Male Sep 29 '22

Mr. Rogers

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u/shaubd Sep 29 '22

Dolly Partons husband.

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u/TheMiracleOfHolyFire Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

Barack Obama.

Ultimately everyone could learn from his example.

Learned, compassionate, classy.

Liberals aren't the only one's who should admire him.

Students can take inspiration from his work ethic.

Heads of departments or projects can learn a lot from his organizational skills.

Intellectuals can try to mimic his ability to simplify complex ideas in a way average people understand.

Teachers ought to take inspiration from his speaking style also!

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u/Craic_Attack Sep 29 '22

Steve Erwin

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u/Red_umbrella222 Sep 29 '22

The mistake people do is idolize a person and adopting their personality as theirs. There is no moderation. You’ve got to be able to recognize the bullshit in your heroes. Pick the best, and recognize the worst and you will find wisdom in almost everyone. Seeing everyone as a potential mentor will help you and your relationships with other people. That is of coarse, if you are able to recognize everyone can potentially have radical ideas.

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u/DocDoom2 Sep 29 '22

Aragorn

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u/fortunefrosh Sep 29 '22

Johnny sins

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u/Hawaiian_Brian Sep 29 '22

He honestly has a fantastic life or it seems that way

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u/SphereofDreams Sep 29 '22

Johnny Sins is probably one of the most famous porn stars ever with a large fanbase of straight males- which is pretty remarkable and cool

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u/CreedThoughts--Gov Sep 29 '22

Dude has more straight male fans than any female pornstars do

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u/CubanLynx312 Sep 29 '22

At his age, he’s a doctor, astronaut, plumber, professor, you name it!

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u/Ladzilla Sep 29 '22

Andrew huberman

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u/CoreyVidal Male Sep 29 '22

Came here to post this. For those that don't know, he's a professor of neuroscience at Stanford University and has a popular video podcast where he shares an absolute ton of free information on how you can make changes in your life to feel better and achieve your goals.

Everything he shares is cost-free. There's no upsell. Just a teacher who loves to teach (and a professor who loves to profess—his words) and help make people's lives better.

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u/beth_at_home Sep 29 '22

I need to look for the podcast now, thank you for the info.

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u/datmt Sep 29 '22

Gus Fring

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u/Nevets52 Sep 29 '22

He is up to Los Pollos standards

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u/CatchTheRainboow Sep 29 '22

My name is Gustavo, but you can call me Gus.

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u/Dogsbodyod Sep 29 '22

Dave grohl

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u/nolo_me Male Sep 29 '22

Rick Moranis. Stepped back from a lucrative career to have more time with his kids when his wife died.

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u/JoaquimGianini Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Rafael Nadal.

Not because he is a tennis player, but because he is an athlete with passion and dedication for the sport.

Rafa just became the oldest man to win Roland Garros and the oldest to win 2 grand slams in the same year. On top of that, he stays humble on interviews, never broke a racket and never gives up. In Wimbledon this year, he ruptured his abdomen during the second set against Taylor Fritz (I think, don’t remember too well), he went on to win the game in the fifth set with a ruptured abdominal muscle.

(He later left the tournament after medical analysis deemed it too harmful that he would keep playing, but during the match, he knew the pain was worth it just cause he knew he could get to the semifinal)

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u/Ehkrickor Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Does Mr Rogers count as modern? Dee Snider and David Grohl also make my list of people I believe are worth knowing.

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u/d_bradr Male Sep 29 '22

Nobody. Learn from everybody's actions. What did they do and what were the consequences?

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