This week’s Friday’s Child is Dominic Bonner, project manager at The Playtrail as well as a life coach, motivational speaker and author. He also is founder of Goal4Youth which helps young people to achieve success and make positive choices.
How would you describe yourself?
Workaholic, fun, caring and positive. I have a great use of imagination and can put my hands to almost anything.
Happiest childhood memory?
Well the one I always remember was when I got a guitar for Christmas while staying at my uncle’s house. I remember standing on the bed playing the guitar and singing ‘Mama Will You Buy Me A Banana’ song.’ Loved that guitar.
What was your first job?
I worked at Whitehouse filling station when it was only two petrol pumps and a small and very cold shop. Got £1 an hour. Loved doing extra hours for all those extra £1 notes. I used to ask the boss to pay me in the old £1 notes. Twenty of them all together, you felt rich.
Oh!! Apart from my own book “All Teens Achieve” it has to be Anthony Robbins, ‘Awaken the Giant Within’. That book helped shaped me to what I am today. A powerful book.
‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’. Loved that film so much I wanted to have my own chocolate factory. Guess what? I achieved that dream and got my chocolate factory. “Truffles N Treats” it was called and I was only 20 years old.
Favourite method of relaxation?
Love heading out to my allotment and switching off. Sitting in my allotment shed with a coffee and feet up, watch the amazing view across the river. Once a month I like to go for a massage, that’s my real treat.
Favourite holiday destination?
For the past four years I have spent two weeks in a small fishing town, in the south of Turkey and I spend one week of that out sailing along the coast. Now that’s heaven. So relaxing. Looking at sailing for two weeks this year.
Who would you most like to meet?
I would say Duncan Bannatyne if you could arrange that please. He has worked hard for his money and has a clear focus and uses many of the same goal setting methods as I use.
What makes you happy?
When I see kids I work with succeed and achieve their dreams.
What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?
When I got bullied at school and some of it was by the teacher, which was even worse as the teacher was supposed to be supporting me as well as giving me a good education.
What has been the high point of your life to date?
This has to be getting my first book published. That was amazing and hopefully the start of many.
How would you like to be remembered?
Someone who likes to help others achieve.
What is your most treasured possession?
Ipad. Where I go it goes. It has my life inside.
If you won the Lotto what would you do with it?
Would love to open my own centre to support young people achieve their dreams. If I won lots of course I will help family friends and charity.
If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?
Would love to fly first class to New York.
If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?
Lived with passion and dreams .