A study of 2,000 adults found a quarter had a mentor in early life who supported a dream or extra-curricular activity they were passionate about, which set them up for later success.
For one in five, that person was a teacher, while 17 per cent said it was their sports coach, and 13 per cent had a friend supporting them.
But parents or parental figures were the most frequently named heroes (19 per cent).
It also emerged three-quarters of respondents have had one of their childhood dreams came true at some point in their life.
More than two thirds (68 per cent) said their mentor helped them achieve a childhood dream, and 72 per cent claimed that figure went “the extra mile” to find opportunities for them.
Becoming a professional sports player or athlete, teacher or doctor were among the top childhood dreams Brits had.
The study, commissioned by Honda, also found confidence (14 per cent), communication skills (12 per cent) and organisation (12 per cent) were the top skills people picked up from their childhood hero.
And almost half still often use those skills in their adult life.
However, while 62 per cent are still in touch with their inspirational character, four in 10 feel society could do more to recognise those people who make a difference.
In response to the findings, Honda has unveiled a video of young rugby players and their local heroes at Southwark Tigers rugby club, London.
Aged four to 16, a selection of youngsters were asked about their dreams and how their local coaches support them within the club and beyond.
The coaches also spoke about the importance of dreaming – and how being part of a local rugby club can help nurture the children’s passions, whether they are about rugby or not.
The study, carried out via OnePoll, also found 42 per cent of

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