“I've always looked up to him as a role model.”

English Lesson: I've always looked up to him as a role model.

You won a small award, so you're being interviewed for an article in the local newspaper. The reporter asks who has motivated you. You say that you think your older brother has motivated you. Then you say this.

I've always looked up to him as a role model.

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look up to (someone)

To "look up to" someone means to respect them and want to be like them. You "look up to" someone who's more experienced, more skilled, or older.

(think of someone) as (something)

You can talk about how you think of someone with this phrase:

I think of him as a brother.

I respect her as an artist.

I look up to him as a friend and a mentor.

a role model

A "role model" is someone who you try to be like. They're a great example of how to live.

People who can be seen as "role models" include:

  • parents
  • older brothers and sisters
  • famous people like athletes, actors, or musicians
  • successful businesspeople