A person you wanted to be similar to - Cue Card # 649

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a person you wanted to be similar to when you were growing up.

You should say:

  • who he/she was
  • how you met him/her
  • what qualities/attributes of this person inspired you

and explain why you wanted to be like him/her.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer 1:

I have always wanted to become my “own person” without ever worrying too much about becoming like “another person” when I was growing up as a child. Of course, I would never mind sharing some of their good qualities and characteristics if they really were to help me become a better person in life. So, from that point of views, if I ever wanted to become similar to another person, it had to be “Warrant Buffet”, often being referred to as the “Oracle of Omaha”. Some even like to call him the “Business Guru” while the others prefer to call him the “Investment Guru”.

I never met Warren Buffett before, nor would he have the time to meet a growing young boy like me without any valid reasons. But, what I had learnt after reading so much about him on newspapers and journals, I was pretty sure that I already knew him way, way better than what could have been possible after meeting him in person for a few hours or even for a few months.

I wanted to become like Warren Buffett because he had some qualities and attributes that had always inspired me as a young boy as well as a young man. Having learnt so much about him, who got into “money-making business” at an age of 6, by selling gum sticks in his neighborhood, and then becoming a billionaire at an age of 50 while still earning a humble $50,000 yearly salary from Berkshire Hathaway (a multinational holding company owned and operated by Warren Buffett), I was pretty certain that this “money making machine” was into “achieving” his wealth rather than “acquiring” them at any cost unlike many other businessmen around the world.  

Besides, learning how this great businessman would use to wake up at around 4:30 am in the morning at a tender age of 13 in order to deliver the copies of the Washington Post newspaper, I just wished that I could become like a young Warrant Buffett so that I could also make some fortunes for myself. Finally, when I came to know during my university final year about 8 years ago that Warren Buffett, with a net worth of about $ 66 billion back then, had donated more than 25% of his wealth for charities while leaving only a tiny fraction for his children, I was pretty sure that the world could use a few more people like him.  

Of course, the only problem was that people like Warren Buffett didn’t exactly come in “dime a dozen” kind of deals every once in a while. But, still, my young heart never really hesitated to expect to become a person like him when I was growing up to learn about the world of “money” around me.

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