International Men’s Day – Role Models

International Men’s Day celebrates positive male role models, so we asked Bramwith staff to nominate some of the men they find most inspirational – both public figures and those they know personally:



Doddie Weir is a former Scotland and British & Irish Lions lock who amassed 61 international caps in an impressive career, a part of the Lions’ famous tour win in South Africa in 1997 and Premiership champion with Newcastle a year later. In 2017 he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and has since established his foundation, My Name’5 Doddie, which has raised over £1m for MND research in less than 18 months. Life expectancy for those afflicted is 2-5 years and Doddie was told he’d be wheelchair-bound in 1, but he’s holding firm!

I was lucky enough to meet him briefly in March when I was in Rome to watch Scotland play in Rome during the 2018 Six Nations Championship, and his courage, perseverance and optimism in the face of his ordeal is truly inspirational; a true gentle giant.”

“Most inspirational role model would be my Dad as he’s open to change, challenges and provides me with questions to be introspective in driving my career and personal development forward.”

Elon Musk is my inspirational man for various reasons. I envy his ability to absorb information, have extreme focus, yet also be creative, imaginative and have fun at the same time. Many men of such intelligence and power could do whatever they wanted with this knowledge and influence, yet he chooses to change the world for the better. Outside of this I am astounded by his time management abilities – He has so many businesses and projects I don’t know how he manages to pioneer and work on them all.”

“Mahatma Gandhi. Through the means of peaceful protest, Gandhi fought for India’s independence from British rule and for the rights of the poor. He also fought for a cease in the conflict between Hindu-Indians and Muslim-Indians. His example of non-violent protest is still revered throughout the world today, almost 90 years on.”

“I’m going to say my Dad. There are plenty of famous men out there who are inspirational in their own ways and who do great things. But a father is there during all the good times and bad. My dad inspires me to be someone with good morals and have a strong work ethic and without him I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Elon Musk! He is an explorer and brings the future closer to mankind. Also, he cares about humanity which is a trait seldom found in today’s entrepreneur.”

“Nelson Mandela. It’s hard to pick one man who has made a significant and tangible difference to not only his country but the world and it’s tough to think of anyone in the same breath as Nelson Mandela.  Even after his death, racism and division obviously still exists in South Africa and the wider world but few can have made such quantum leaps forward.  Along with FW de Klerk (South African President of the time) he abolished Apartheid, gained Black people the vote and was elected the first Black President of South Africa.

After spending 27 years in prison for campaigning against Apartheid he is well known for promoting a message of forgiveness and equality and bringing the nation together, which included a multi-race South African rugby team winning the 1995 World Cup in South Africa.

He is my most inspirational man ever for what he achieved for equality in South Africa and globally, being such a role model for everyone and the lasting legacy he has left the world.”



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