“Some of these youngsters take you as a hero,” remarked a friend to a well-known Judo teacher. “Do you think that’s a good thing?”
“Well,” replied the teacher absently, “it’s true that they see what they think are good points, and try to imitate them. But from time to time I give them a hint about where I feel I have made mistakes in life, and how and why it went wrong. I think some of them take it in.
“If they can imitate my good points, and avoid some of my bad ones, then they’ll do better in life than I’ve done. And that’ll be some small gain for the world in the next generation, won’t it?”