This entry is the third installment in a series of entries that I wrote about the millennials and younger generations – how to set them for good citizenship.

If you haven’t check the previous installments of this series. Just click this link for the first part and this link for the second part.

Tell Me Who Your Heroes Are…

The title of this article is actually a quote from Warren Buffett.

“Tell me who your heroes are and I’ll tell you who you’ll turn out to be.”

-Warren Buffett

That quote inspired me to write this article. Why? If you think about it, whom we choose to emulate and look up to has a huge impact on how we conduct ourselves.

That is the reason why it is very important for us to have the right models in our life.

It doesn’t matter whether you are young or old. These ideas are equally applicable to everyone. It’s just that I want to focus on the younger generations because, as we all know, they are the future of a nation. That’s why it is very important to set them in the right direction early on.

Character Counts Just As Much As Intelligence Does

It is very important that we cultivate and inculcate in them traits and skills such as leadership, empathy, compassion, and creativity.

These traits will help them to be better nation builders in the future. As much as we want them to be intelligent, we should also strive to cultivate their character.

Character is very important. To what extent you ask? That is up the point that if you have to choose between character and intelligence, choose character.

This anecdote fron Warren Buffett is an example of that:

“One friend of mine said in hiring they look for three things: intelligence, energy, and character. If they don’t have the last one, the first two will kill you because, it’s true, if you are going to hire somebody that doesn’t have character, you had really better hope they are dumb and lazy[. Because], if they are smart and energetic[. They’ll] get you in all kinds of trouble.”

Start Early

That is why it is very important to introduce them to the right models early on. People whom they can emulate and look up to. And can have a positive influence on their lives.

Warren Buffett says that it does pay to have the right models. And it’s also very important to start as early as possible because it is very hard to change behavior later on.

Don’t Limit Your Models To The Living

You don’t have to limit your models and heroes to the living ones.

As Charles Munger have said:

“…there is no reason to look only for living models.The eminent dead are in the nature of things some of the best models around. “

He also added that if a model is all you want, you are really better off not limiting yourself to the living:

“Some of the very best models have been dead for a long time.”

-Charles Munger

By the way, for those who don’t know, Charles Munger is the long time business partner of Warren Buffett. You can click this link to know more about him.


How can we teach them these things? For one, we can give them books about the people whom we believe they can emulate (i.e. their good qualities). We can also let them watch documentaries of the same people mentioned in the previous sentence.

But the best way to teach them those qualities (i.e. good character, leadership, empathy, compassion and creativity – a trait useful for problem-solving of any kind) and for them to distinguish the right models from the wrong ones is to lead by example.

As Charles Munger have said:

“I think the best single way to teach ethics is by example. And that means if you take in people who demonstrate in all their daily conduct an appropriate ethical framework, I think that has enormous influence on the people who watch it.”

Thank You!

Okay that’s it for now, thank you for reading this entry. I hope you got something of out of it. Something valuable. Something that you can apply in your own life. If you would like to add something that you feel would be of great help to the other readers. Feel free to do so by dropping a comment down below. I and (I presume) the other readers would love to hear from you. Again, thank you for reading this entry. Cheers! Till next time!😊👋


This article is part of a series of articles about instilling good citizenship, cultivating good character and fostering leadership qualities among everyone but particulary among the Millenials and the younger generations. That is because I believe that they should be groomed for these qualites early on. Because they are the future of a nation.

Links for the first and second part of this article are provided at the beginning of this article. Stay tuned for the fourth installment of this series. If you want, you can like Fueled by Wisdom’s facebook page or follow it on twitter so that you will be up to date with its latest articles. Again, thank you for visiting this blog.


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Seeking Wisdom by Peter Bevelin

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