Favorite quotations, etc.
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I've yet to meet the perfect person, so I tend to admire qualities in people. And I think it is much more interesting when these people also have flaws that are juxtaposed against their admirable qualities. So role models not so much, but I certainly appreciate what is noteworthy about people.
For the most part I have no role models. I'm too old for that. The ones I probably had subconsciously when I was younger aren't anyone famous or well-known, just little people I ran across in my life in whom I found things I deemed admirable.
I don't have role models but I find defining characteristics of certain people to be emulated. Mariano Rivera's ability to lot let huge losses on huge stages not impact his confidence, Warren Buffet and his ability to dissociate from his feelings, Bob Dylan's artistic metamorphosis, Robin William's ability of free association, Keith Richards genetic predisposition to not give a shit, Charles Taylor ability to view intellectual history. Because let's face it, one day you name your kid in honor of someone, and the next day you receive photos of him fucking his dog.
DW, my 1 year-old son, elements of all my friends. This comes from a core belief developed over the years that positive (or emotionally beneficial, maybe this isn't the right language??) relationships are built on mutual admiration on some level (i.e. respect). This has also been put to the test with family members/extended family members when finding something that I admire about them has shifted the nature of the relationship to a positive direction (particularly with in-laws).