6 in 10 Americans credit celebrity role models for getting them through tough times

NEW YORK — Six in 10 (59%) Americans credit a celebrity with helping them push through some sort of “limit” in their lives, new research reveals. A recent poll of 2,000 U.S. adults over the age of 30 finds people have overcome a tough time personally (44%), taken on a challenge they didn’t think they could do (44%), and improved their physical health and nutrition (41%) thanks to a celebrity role model.

Sixty-nine percent say they’re more likely to respond positively to celebrities if they know they’re struggling with a similar issue.

Oprah Winfrey, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Bear Grylls, Rebel Wilson, and Tyler Perry are among the role models who have inspired people to push past limitations such as fear and self-doubt.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of cell health brand MitoQ, the survey also finds people’s biggest barriers to success are lack of energy (44%), time (39%), and willpower (38%). Nearly six in 10 (59%) say they “always” or “often” experience low energy and 49 percent lack stamina with the same frequency.

If there were no limits in their lives, 43 percent believe they would become an entrepreneur, more so than a visual or performing artist (28%) or a lawyer (27%). Other goals included being “a drug counselor,” “animal rescuer,” “crime scene investigator,” “veterinarian,” or simply “a good mom.”

People also shared life goals inspired by public figures, such as “being a chef like Gordon Ramsay,” “painting like Georgia O’Keeffe,” “acting like Leonardo DiCaprio, “inventing and building like Nikola Tesla,” and “being helpful like Mother Teresa.” However, respondents’ most relatable role models aren’t far from home — 52 percent pointed to parents and immediate family, more so than a close friend (44%) or favorite celebrity (41%).

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Americans love heroes and celebrities they can relate to

Over half of respondents (51%) say that their role model communicating in a conversational, easy-to-understand manner is key to relatability, while less than a third think it’s necessary for a role model to be the same age or gender (34% each) as them.

Regardless of their role model of choice, people’s heroes have inspired them to stay optimistic in challenging times (35%) and do things to help others (34%).

Celebrity fitness trainer and MitoQ ambassador Gunnar Peterson knows a lot about inspiring people to push through, has worked with Hollywood A-listers and was a strength coach with a championship-winning NBA franchise. “No one can do it alone, having good support is important. I get mine from my family, but also from the inside as well,” Peterson says in a statement. “I can’t afford to be limited by low energy or slowing down, and once I knew that most of the body’s energy comes from deep inside cells, I looked for ways to improve that.”

To push past limits and achieve their goals, many respondents wish they had more support, particularly in the form of health products (37%), advice from their close circles (36%), and a fitness or nutrition coach (36%). More than half (55%) admit they’re not familiar with cell health.

“I think they’re missing an easy fix,” Peterson says. “If you can find a cell health product that’s been bioengineered to get deep into cells and boost your body’s daily energy, focus and endurance levels, then that’s taking away some significant limits on what you can achieve with your life, and why wouldn’t you do that?”

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Chris Melore

Chris Melore has been a writer, researcher, editor, and producer in the New York-area since 2006. He won a local Emmy award for his work in sports television in 2011.

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