When we were kids, before the invention of the cellphone and the internet*, we used to entertain ourselves with comic books. That and Saturday morning cartoons on TV.
For myself, I favored Gyro Gearloose and Dr. Strange who could in the first case invent anything, and in the second case, deal with anything. On TV I liked Mr. Peabody who was obviously smarter than everybody. All in all, some good role models.
Who inspired you, and why?
*And fire according to my daughter.