'Don't just talk about your vision but live it to the full'
This week's O&A: Feargal McCormack
Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?
A: Treat everyone as you would like to be treated yourself. Believe in yourself, commit 100% and always do everything to the best of your ability and therefore you will sleep easy.
Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?
A Be passionate, focus on positive thinking and love your work, and thus be a living example of your vision, and don't just talk about it. Persistence beats resistance, stay the course and keep the passion, always remembering: no pain, no gain.
Q: What was your best business decision?
A: Recruiting Paddy Harty as my first employee accountant and then subsequently inviting him to be my business partner.
Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career?
A: A sports journalist.
Q: What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?
A: I was fortunate to recently combine a short break in Bali with the PKF International Conference. I'm looking forward to annual holiday break in Kerry next summer.
Q: What are your hobbies/interests?
A: I enjoy all types of sport, current affairs and being pro-active in my local community and the accountancy profession. I currently enjoy my roles as a member of the GAA management committee in Croke Park, vice-president of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a patron of Special Olympics Ireland.
Q: What is your favourite sport and team?
A: My favourite sport is Gaelic football and my joint favourite teams are St Peter's Warrenpoint and Down.
Q: And have you ever played any sports?
A: Yes, golf, Gaelic football and hurling.
Q: If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?
A: James Kerr's Legacy - What the All Blacks can teach us about the business of life.
Q: How would you describe your early life?
A: A very happy, loving and caring experience.
Q: Have you any economic predictions?
A: We are currently experiencing a digital revolution and there is a new era of connectivity, which will create a game changing opportunity.
Q: How would you assess your time in business with your company PKF-FPM?
A: I have loved it and cherished working in a very people-focused, collective team environment.
Q: How do you sum up working in the financial services sector?
A: Challenging, varied and always interesting.