One in four adults say they had a mentor early in life – like a teacher, sports coach or parent – who supported their dreams.
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Almost half of Britons think they owe their career success to a supportive childhood hero, research has revealed.
A study of 2,000 adults found that a quarter had a mentor early in life who supported a dream or extracurricular activity they were passionate about, which helped them achieve success later in life. .
One in five of those people are teachers, while 17% say it’s their sports coach and 13% have friends who support them.
But parents or parental characters are the most frequently named heroes (19%).
It also found that three-quarters of the respondents had one of their childhood dreams come true at some point in their lives.
More than two-thirds (68%) said their mentor helped them achieve their childhood dream, and 72% said that number “went further” to find opportunities for them.
Becoming a professional athlete or athlete, teacher or doctor are Brits’ top childhood dreams.
Research by Honda’s motobikealso found confidence (14%), communication skills (12%) and organization (12%) as the top skills people acquired from their childhood hero.
And nearly half still use those skills in their adult lives.
Yet while 62% remain in touch with their inspirational personalities, four in 10 feel society could do more to recognize those who make a difference.
In response to these findings, Honda released a video of young rugby players and their local heroes at Southwark Tigers rugby club, London.
Between the ages of 4 and 16, several young people were asked about their dreams and how local coaches support them in the club and beyond.
The coaches also talk about the importance of dreams – and how being part of a local rugby club can help nurture a child’s passion, whether they like football or not. are not.
Research conducted through OnePoll also shows that 42% of adults want their children, or the kids in their lives, to participate in the same extracurricular activity as they did.
Laurence Danvers, Southwark Tigers coach, said: “Both my children and my wife are part of the club. It is our main family activity.
“As a coach and a parent, it’s important to my partner and I not only to share something with our kids, but to help them build new skills.
“Whether they end up pursuing rugby as a career or keeping it as a hobby, what they learn about being part of a team – such as resilience, respect, confidence and commitment – these are all things that will help them achieve their dreams.”
Of those who have joined a rugby club in their spare time, a quarter (26%) said being part of a team was the most unforgettable part – while the same number said it was Convert first try or penalty kick.
For eight in ten, being part of grassroots rugby can help build transferable life skills, while more than one in ten claim it can improve mental health, fitness and a sense of community – as well as fun in general.
“Rugby is really important to us,” said Chris Callaway, president of Southwark Tigers.
“It’s the perfect team game that means being part of a community, coming together and making friends for life.
“Giving the rugby community access to an environment where they can thrive as players and as individuals is important and the Southwark Tigers deliver on that.”
Rebecca Adamson, head of automotive at Honda, said: “Along with sponsoring the Six Nations this year, we wanted to honor the heroes and dream-makers of the football world and more than that.
“The grassroots club is the place where many dreams of the young community are raised.
“Whether kids want to be professional rugby players or something else, it’s the support of our heroes that gives them the motivation and skills they need to prepare for adult life. .
“We are all dreamers, and sometimes we just need the right person in our lives to inspire and guide us towards our goals.
“It could be a coach teaching the sport, or a parent driving them to practice. Everything has value.
“The efforts of the Southwark Tigers coach really paid off. Some of their players have been signed by Saracens and are now living their rugby dreams, which is fantastic.”
TOP FIVE SKILLS BRITS LEARNED FROM THEIR REAL CHILDREN’S HEROES:
BRITS TOP 10 CHILDREN’S DREAMS:
- Become a professional athlete or sports athlete
- Become a teacher
- Become a doctor
- Become a scientist
- Become a nurse
- Become an astronaut
- Become a recording artist
- Become an artist
- Become a lawyer
- Become an actor
https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/brits-career-success-childhood-hero-26364379 Almost half of Britons say they owe it to their real-life childhood hero for career success