Taken from Pearls of Wisdom 2 by Mufti Saiful Isalm.
If You Are . . .
. . . rich, follow the merchant of Makkah.
. . . poor, look at the prisoner of Shi'abe (valley) Abi Talib.
. . . a king, study the life of the ruler of Arabia.
. . . a subject, look at the Quraish.
. . . a conqueror, look at the conqueror of Badr, Haunayn, and Makkah.
. . . defeated, take a lesson from the Battle of Uhud.
. . . a teacher, look at the holy teacher in the school of Suffah.
. . . a pupil, look at him who sat before Jibreel.
. . . a preacher of the holy book, look at the prophet(pbuh) in Makkah and when succesful, watch him preach on the pulpit of Madinah.
. . . wishing to be a prosperous businessman, loom at him who owned the lands of Banu Nazeer, Kaybar, and Fadak.
. . . a young orphan, do not forget the child of Abdullah and Aminah.
. . . a young man, read the life of Makkah's shepherd.
. . . a husband, do not forget the husband of Hadhrat Khadijah and Hadhrat Aisha.
. . . a father, watch the father of Hadhrat Fatimah and the grandfather of Hadhrat Hassan and Hadhrat Hussain.
In short, whatever you may be,
unto the Holy Prophet(pbuh) is your guidance.