Positive LLLB Role Model Examples

Inspiration from others

photo of John Glenn The great American Astronaut John Glenn redirected his path several times throughout his life. He was a pilot in World War II and the Korean War. Flying was his passion in life which he took to a different level when he worked with NASA. After his historic first orbit around the earth in 1962, he was not permitted to go back into space. It was later reported that John F. Kennedy grounded him because he didn't want to take the risk of this American hero possibly being killed on future missions.

So he redirected his path and served our country in another way. He became a US Senator from Ohio serving from 1974 to 1997. A year later, NASA invited him to rejoin the space program as a member of the Space Shuttle Discovery Crew. On October 29, 1998, at the age of 77, John Glenn became the oldest human ever to venture into space.

Even after that incredible experience he again redirected his path to serve others. He and his wife, Annie founded the John Glenn Institute for Public Service at Ohio State University. Through its programs, the institute seeks to improve the quality of public service and to encourage young people to pursue careers in government.

Obviously, not all of us will have the same interests and talents that John Glenn had. But each of us does have a choice to take active steps to redirect our path no matter what our age. In doing so we will greatly enhance our ability to keep well, "Living Longer & Living Better."

From Chapter 5 of "The Psychology of Living Longer & Living Better—Read this sample chapter
photo of Art Linkletter Several years ago I saw Art Linkletter speak at a not-for-profit fundraiser. Art was in his 90's and he continued to pursue his purpose and passion in life. He was left at a doorstep as an infant and adopted by a minister and his wife. He had one of the two longest running shows on T.V. and introduced the concept of interviewing children.

Art had a Personal Framework which provided him with the ability to continue to redirect his path in the second half of life. He was a man of good Character, all of his entertainment was positive, dealing with the goodness and kindness in people. He dealt with his audiences with great respect and, having been through difficult personal times including the death of a child, he had empathy and a deep compassion for others in need.

Art had a strong Spiritual Foundation: He stated that his Christian faith was his motivator for following his purpose and living his passion of providing service to others.

Art's contribution left a legacy of joy in people's lives and an example of service to others through his charitable work. Art Linkletter was truly a positive role model for "Living Longer & Living Better."

Art Linkletter died at the age of 98 on May 26, 2010. This story, written by Barbara Miklos, is related to Chapter 5 of "The Psychology of Living Longer & Living Better," but was not included in the final version. The capitalized terms represent key concepts covered in that chapter—read this sample chapter

Our main focus right now is to build up the My Hero stories. In the future, we will also be looking to expand the Role Model examples. However, if you see something that is similar to the examples here, use the Contact Us form to let us know by providing a web link or citing a publication.