Do you want to be a paragon?
Well, none of us would mind a model of excellence, I'm sure, except that the poor word is practically always shackled to virtue, as in a paragon of virtue, which sounds no fun at all.
Perhaps, though, we could be a paragon of something else. It needn't be anything too difficult: train-spotting. Napkin folding. Beard-growing.
Or, if even this is a bit much, we can use paragon to mean to regard someone as a paragon. And that's quite easy.
I'm quite happy to paragon Rudolf Nureyev, for a start.
Thing To Try Today: be a paragon. This word comes from the Old Italian paragone, from paragonare to test on a whetstone, which is in turn from the Greek para, which is one of those bits of words which can mean more or less anything, and akonē, whetstone.