I didn’t mean to duck your question, however, and I would say that one of my role models is STILL Jimmy Carter, and I also would add Warren Buffet for business, and then on weekends and vacation, the incomparable Cary Grant.
With respect to government and democracy specifically, I think about the “gentleman farmer” in the Jeffersonian sense. As citizens we can, and should, be many things. We shouldn’t just be business people (or any one thing), but also educators, inventors, activists, disruptors, or civic leaders if need be. Having an amazing opportunity to engage directly with civic leaders through T4A.org has been one way that I’ve broadened in that respect. By the way, the fact that Jefferson was wealthy but was a little mistrustful of the moneyed class is also something I believe in.
But speaking of journey, how about i give you my favorite Journey song also? Don’t Stop Believing!