Tuesday 12 December 2017

'Jack inspired us to greatness,' Bonner tells summit

Packie Bonner speaks at the Pendulum Summit in the National Convention Centre Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin
Packie Bonner speaks at the Pendulum Summit in the National Convention Centre Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Football legend Packie Bonner has credited former Ireland manager Jack Charlton with inspiring him to achieve greatness.

The former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper, whose famous penalty save brought Ireland into the 1990 World Cup quarter-finals, said Charlton encouraged him to achieve greatness by giving him a sense of responsibility.

Offaly sisters Anita and Michelle Murray at the Pendulum
Summit at the National Convention Centre. Photos: Tony Gavin
Offaly sisters Anita and Michelle Murray at the Pendulum Summit at the National Convention Centre. Photos: Tony Gavin

Speaking at the closing day of the two-day Pendulum Summit in Dublin yesterday, Bonner (56) said the legendary coach "treated us like men" even though he was just 21 years old when he debuted as a professional footballer.

Charlton's motto "if you get it wrong, you're answerable to me" gave Bonner the confidence to succeed, he told the 6,500 delegates at the National Convention Centre.

"I grew so much with that and among an elite group of players who are all leaders now in their own right," he told the Irish Independent.

"That's what I tried to say today. Everybody has leadership qualities. It's just bringing it out of them and trying to develop it.

Síle Seoige and Packie Bonner at the Summit yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin
Síle Seoige and Packie Bonner at the Summit yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin

"When I look back at Jack, for me he inspired me. He was a fantastic communicator.

"The message for me is there's greatness in all of us," added Bonner, who is currently a coach educator for Uefa.

Lisa Nichols, a motivational speaker and author who grew up in tough, gang-ridden South Central Los Angeles before becoming a star of the hit film and book 'The Secret', said confidence and self-belief is the key to success.

"There was a dream in my belly and I believed I could do it," she said.

Combining the charms of a self-deprecating stand-up comedian and humble preacher, she had the audience chanting "quitters never win and winners never quit".

Wealthy

Also speaking at the event was Jack Canfield, the co-author of the inspirational 1993 book 'Chicken Soup for the Soul', which grew into a series of more than 200 titles.

While his series of inspirational stories has made him very wealthy, he said he didn't set out to get wealthy but "wealth gives you a lot of leverage for (social) impact".

He said that everyone can be inspired to create something for the greater good.

Irish Independent

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